Dim Sum Library

Restaurant ・ Chinese・Cantonese

Aqua Group’s latest Chinese restaurant combines art-deco style and glamour with dim sum and Asian-inspired cocktails

124/Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

852 36430088

http://dimsumlibrary.com.hk

Overview

Lunch HoursMon to Sun, 12:00noon - 6:00pm

Dinner HoursMon to Sun, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress CodeCasual

ReservationYes

BuffetNo

CorkageHK$250/bottle

Private Room1 room for 10-50 persons

Accept Credit CardYes

Bring Your Own BottleYes

Smoking AreaYes

Review

Offering contemporary twists on traditional dim sum feels like something of a cliché these days, but Dim Sum Library has just about enough innovations up its sleeve to keep us interested. Aqua Group’s most recent addition is located in Pacific Place, with a stylish 1920s Art Deco and chinoiserie influenced design that does its best to transport you away from the brightly lit mall, with black and gold accents and large peacock murals. The menu is understandably dim sum focused, with premium ingredients and unusual items catching the eye, but our meal proves a bit of a mixed bag. Whilst highlights of wagyu beef puffs, dan dan xiao long bao and truffle har gau demonstrate technical skill, with gorgeously flaky pastry and delicate dumpling wrappers alongside full-bodied flavours, other items (Iberico pork cheung fan, crispy aubergine with salted fish and pork, mushroom and beetroot dumplings) are distinctly underpowered and lack seasoning. The wine menu is short and uninspired, although more creativity lies in the restaurant’s cocktail selection, which boasts intriguing Asian accents. Service is frustratingly abrupt, inattentive and unpersonable throughout; flagging down staff is problematic, glasses are left unfilled, and recommendations (and any sense of warmth) are lacking. In a mall with limited exciting food options, Dim Sum Library’s modern take on classic dishes is appreciated, although it needs to up its game in consistency and service to make it a real go-to destination.