William Ho •
05 Dec 2012 • 2 reviews • 0 follower
This place has changed so much since my last visit about a year ago.
Although advertised as a buffet, they seem to have a very little amount of Xiao Long Bao available before they 'run out of stock'. At slightly after 4pm, they start telling customers that they have ran out of Xiao Long Bao/pork. The restaurant was only 1/4 full, and every table had only about 2-3 baskets of serving of 4 Xiao Long Bao.
Makes you wonder how they can continue with business for dinner after the high tea is over.
Each table is 'limited' to 2-3 baskets of 4 Xiao Long Bao throughtout the 2 hours of high tea. Even if you order 10 baskets at 3pm when the buffet begins, you will order be served 2-3 by 5pm when the buffet ends.
Of course, they won't tell you it's rationed.
Excuses range from not enough chef/kitchen helpers, ran out of pork, ran out of Xiao Long Bao, they only MAKE (before steaming) the Xiao Long Bao upon customer orders and that's why it takes more than an hour to serve, they can only do batch steaming, if served 10 baskets then won't taste nice when cold etc..... anything to disguise the fact that it's rationed.
Tell them that you prefer Xiao Long Bao that have cooled down..... and 10 baskets of dumplings is enough to steam as a batch...... that will catch them off-guard.
Try ordering many baskets of Xiao Long Bao at one go to keep yourself amused/frustrated by their excuses. Every waitresses/captains/managers have different stories to tell.....
In our opinion, their Xiao Long Bao are the only item worth eating for the high tea buffet.
Don't be conned. IT"S NOT A BUFFET. The relevant authorities should look into this.
Don't be fooled by dishonest business practices.