Duddell’s, Central, Hong Kong
Duddell’s is the newish restaurant on Duddell Street in Central which was opened by Alan Lo, Paulo Pong and Yenn Wong, the folks behind the likes of The Press Group, 22 Ships and 208. Duddell’s combines fine Cantonese food and fine art in one setting. Two floors, the restaurant is spacious and I love the art work that’s in there particularly the ones along the stair case. I’m not art connoisseur but really enjoyed looking at all the art work. I also love the vibe, the space and the atmosphere.
I have heard mix reviews about this place, some say that dim sum is infinitely better than dinner. I was looking for a new dim sum place and suggested this place. The menu for dim sum I thought was quite short, 2 pages only, however, you can also a la carte at lunch.
We started with the steamed rice roll with beef, water chestnut, dried tangerine peel (HKD80) – thought this was quite interesting, the steamed rice roll was silky smooth and the combination was pretty tasty.
I really liked the mushroom with truffle dumplings (HKD88), lots of fresh mushrooms, and again the steamed pastry was silky smooth.
The barbequed pork pastry (HKD60) was served warm, flaky pastry and delicious sweet bbq pork which I love.
I loved how the steamed duck rice came with its own bamboo basket. I didn’t enjoy this as much, it lacked flavour and umph! I expected more, but my dining companion seemed to have enjoyed it.
We didn’t order much, it’s always hard to go dim sum with 2 people. I thought the food wasn’t too bad, wouldn’t mind trying their other dishes. They do have a lot of seafood in their dim sum menu which currently I can’t eat but will definitely be back to try.
Service was good and tentative, it is not the cheapest place for dim sum but I have to say that the quality is pretty good. Some of the dishes lacked flavour but overall I enjoyed it.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Levels 3 & 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion,
1 Duddell Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2525 9191