Choice Chi­nese

So much dim sum at The Ce­les­tial Court

City Weekend - - What's In It - Mina Yan

El­e­gance, deca­dence, and a hefty bill is what comes to mind when you think of din­ing at a St. Regis restau­rant. For the past few years, St. Regis Bei­jing has re­mained rather quiet with pro­mo­tions, giv­ing them­selves a mys­te­ri­ous rep amongst

Bei­jing food­ies.

How­ever, To Ming Lau, Ex­ec­u­tive Chi­nese Chef of the St. Regis has had enough. The Hong Kong na­tive wants to show­case all the au­then­tic and in­no­va­tive dishes he’s cre­ated for The Ce­les­tial

Court at a frac­tion of the pre­vi­ous price. Hav­ing headed the restau­rant for the past 10 years, Chef To Ming is a mas­ter with sheer tal­ent who has cre­ated two daily free-flow dim sum menus (¥198 or ¥268) that in­clude some rather lux­u­ri­ous Chi­nese del­i­ca­cies. The daily lunch deal makes for a great (and low cost) way to sam­ple all those Can­tonese fa­vorites with­out break­ing the bank, and of course, a great way to en­joy a Hong Kong-style week­end brunch.

We feel that call­ing these menus dim-sum don’t do them jus­tice. The menus in­clude a va­ri­ety of dim sum clas­sics like tasty BBQ pork steamed buns, cute sesame buns that are shaped like lit­tle pigs, and the tasti­est steamed date buns we’ve ever had. Al­though a com­mon Chi­nese pas­try, these date buns took Chef To Ming quite some time to per­fect and add in his own per­sonal

touch. They’re def­i­nitely our must-try rec­om­men­da­tion for when you visit The Ce­les­tial Court.

While the ¥198 menu is al­ready ex­ten­sive and will def­i­nitely leave you full and sat­is­fied, there’s still a bit of splurg­ing you can do. Their ¥268 menu in­cludes ev­ery­thing that its cheaper coun­ter­part does as well as a va­ri­ety of wok fried op­tions that oth­er­wise would cost you an arm and a leg: Big, juicy, freshly steamed lob­sters with gar­lic and glass noo­dles; steamed abalone; sautéed Aus­tralian beef sir­loin; and a pricey fa­vorite amongst lo­cal ladies, bird’s nest soup.

The Ce­les­tial Court’s free-flow deals are def­i­nitely value-for-money and worth tak­ing the fam­ily for a se­ri­ous chow down ses­sion.

Get ready to gorge on dim sum

Re­lax, it’s lunch time

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