It doesn’t look like much: there’s a messy array of styrofoam boxes and tanks with live seafood and garish signboards touting discounted set menus by the entrance, and it gets equally tacky in the basement dining room, but Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant serves the best value dim sum I’ve had since moving to Hong Kong.
It seems to be a general rule in Hong Kong – and actually in Singapore too – that the better the food, the worse the service. But if you’re willing to bear the grunts and impatient eye-rolls you get at Wai Kee, you’ll be rewarded with remarkably affordable congee from this dingy eatery in the heart of Hong Kong island.
Dismissing Mr S.Y. Punti as merely a hipster hangout doesn’t do the food justice. Sure, they serve locally brewed craft beer and single origin coffee, but their dishes are made with noticeably more premium ingredients and are a welcome notch less greasy than traditional cha chaan teng fare – and their service is far less rude.
Once you taste the food at Tono, you’ll wonder why they haven’t opened earlier. The Peruvian dish names may sound exotic, but they’re really quite close to home.