Best Dim Sum in all of Utah. This place takes care of our cravings for these delicious mini servings of all our favorite flavors of Chinese Cuisine. Service is just a bit slower but is well appreciated. Dim Sum is made fresh as ordered. Being from Hawaii, the flavors we experienced is just what we were used to. We love that we can now get it right here in Utah. Well worth the drive from Spanish Fork for a Chinese breakfast any weekend. Atmosphere and service was great!
We visited this restaurant recently after reading the Zagat reviews. It isn't the largest restaurant, nor is it elegantly decorated, but the service was fast and courteous and the food was great. We had the pork steam buns to start and they were cooked fresh. They tasted home made. The wontons in the soup were flavorful and authentic. I've never had wontons that tasted so good. We also had pan fried noodles. Very light and tasty. In other Chinese restaurants, the food is sometimes heavy with corn starch and sauce. Here it didn't need to be disguised in sauce.
We are going back for dim sum soon and can't wait!
Pros: Fresh, tasteful,authentic
Firstly let me say that I love ??Chinese?? food, both Americanized and Authentic. I was really looking for ward to eating here (based on other reviews). However it turned out to be WORST Chinese meal I have ever had.
I am originally from Great Britain, and grew up eating a lot of Chinese. I have worked in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan and Singapore, so , in my own humble opinion, I consider myself to have a good amateur knowledge of Chinese food.
We went to the restaurant on Valentine??s Day 2010, I choose this because my Wife loves Peking Duck and I had heard that they sell it here.
The restaurant was deathly quiet, I mean there was NO background music and the staff stood near our table the whole time.. I was like speaking in a cave, every word could be heard by everyone at every table. I know that this is not a huge problem, but my advice to the owners (should they ever read this) would be to put on a little music, so people feel a little more relaxed.
We ordered the ??Sweet & Sour Chicken?? for the kids, a Special Rice to share and the with great anticipation the ??Peking Duck??..
WHAT IT SHOULD BE: For those of you who have never tried a Peking Duck, here is what you SHOULD expect. It is a whole duck (sometimes you can order half ?? but NOT here), prior to cooking the skin is separated from the fat and hung for 24 hours to dry. Then it is roasted (sometimes deep fried) for 45mins at very high temps (525 F) until it is crispy on the outside but lovely and tender in the middle. After frying it is de-boned and chopped up for easy eating. It is served with thin pancakes, spring onion, cucumber sticks, and a hoisin sauce. If you are lucky enough to find somewhere that sells ??Aromatic Crispy Duck?? this is even better and crispier.
WHAT WE GOT: When the duck arrived in 20mins (which should have rung alarm bells, it needs to cook for 45mins!) The skin was very fatty (as it was not separated from fat) and so it was NOT crisp at all. Most of the bones remained and the meat was very pink in places (not fully cooked). It was served with about 10 pancakes a TINY plate of sauce and a TINY plate of onions.
We were determined to make the best of it so we tried to be optimistic. I am sorry to say the taste did NOT overcome our initial reaction. Very bland, undercooked, fatty and lots of cartilage, gristle and bones. I suspect the duck used was very old and sick.. It may have even been a seagull (joke). In total there was only about 2-3oz of edible meat on the duck. When we tried asking for more onions, sauce etc our server informed us that it would be $10 extra more! T he duck, which is billed as a meal for two, and costs $30, a BIG waste of money.
I complained, but to no avail, they refused to help.
The other dishes, well the Sweet/Sour Chicken was about what you would expect from PANDA Express, nothing special at all, the sauce was a little like wallpaper paste. The rice appeared and tasted day old re-heated , you know how rice gets ?? it get a little hard and the oils separate and so it is oily too.
I am not going to pretend that I was NOT angry, I was and still am. This was supposed to be a special occasion and it was ruined. But this review is honest and I want to warn people about the food quality. Perhaps other dishes are better, or perhaps it is a new owner or chef.
The bottom line is this place does NOT deserve the high reviews that it once had.
Steer Clear of this one.
Pros: Free Parking was about the best I can say.
Cons: Horrid Service, Horrid DUCK
Ordered three dishes including what was supposed to be fresh crab. The pork and eggplant was great, the appetizers and other two dishes flavorless, and the crab was so old the flesh stuck to the shell and was stiff. They expected you to eat off saucers and when we asked for rice bowls due to the saucers being too small, they brought out tiny tea bowls. We also thought they would move us to a bigger table because our dishes wouldn't fit, but they squeezed everything on the table and even moved the condiments we needed to the next table rather than move us. We asked for some sauce for the dumplings and the waitress' response was, "the dumplings already have flavor.". Hope y'all have a better experience there.
I was driving cross country last year and drove into
Salt Lake City, tired and a little homesick. This place
was like running into a lil home slice just when I least
expected it! The dim sum was memorable as was
the tea. What a great find. (This was life before iPhone
linked to Google local for me) See you there again soon!
Pros: From SF Bay Area and loves this place...
Cons: Airfare to get here makes it a lil tough
I spent some time living in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is the only chinese restaurant in Utah that I feel would survive in the Bay area. The food was authentic and fresh with no added msg. Also a good value for the money.
Pros: food and service
Cons: Parking, had to back into parking space
I have been a long time regular of the tea house and have always been impressed with the food.
For Dim sum i would recommend the BBQ pork bums and the fried sesame ball.
For diner the peppered beef is great. Spicey and savory.
Pros: Dim sum is out of tis world along with the pork belly in hot
it is really really good, it is the best dim sum in UTAH, really awesome selection of TEA, you can order or wait for them to bring stuff around and see if you want it.
Pros: great food
Cons: iif it is a slow day, you wait for new items to come around
After reading the reviews we went to Hong Kongs today and had their Diem Sum. We weren't disappointed. It was terriffic. I, too, have had Diem Sum in large cities Chinatowns (San Francisco, Los Anglese, Vancouver, Victoria, Sacramento) and this was as good, if not better, than the ones I visited in these larger, urban areas. The selection is impessive and everything was served right out of the steamer/fryer. The service was very good with friendly and helpful servers. The place is very cleam and attractove and the ambience (decor) was impressive. I would recommend Hong Kong to anone who ikes Diem Sum (and to those who never tried it) and Chinese food denerally
Pros: Good food, good service and good ambience
If you think your going in for a fast lunch then you may want to choose some place else. I ordered 4 different dim sums: Steamed Pork (4 for $2.25), Fried Leek and Shrimp (3 for 2.95), Steamed Shanghi (3 for 2.95) and the Steamed Homemade (3 for 2.95). After a 45 min wait then the fried Leek and Shrimp showed up and it was quite good. Alot of leek flavor because it was packed full of leeks. If you don't like onions then you probably won't like this. The rest of the order came up 10 min later. The Steamed Pork was by far the best dumpling in this meal and had a mixture of pork and shimp in it. The Steamed Shanghi was not bad, but it was a bit bland and the red vinegar sauce that came with it was not a good compliment to the dumpling. The Steamed Homemade was not very good, it had cut up green beans, hamburger (or ground pork), peanuts and bamboo shoots, with a seasoning that reminded me like a mince meat pie. Delicate and quality care was put into every single dumpling, but for my tastes I would choose the Steamed Pork Dim Sum.
Pros: Quality Food
Cons: Time waited, and price was a bit steep
My husband and I stumbled on this place a few weeks after it first opened. We have loved it from the first time we stopped in. The staff are fantastic and totally on top of service. Besides which they are friendly and get to know their return customers well. The food is spectacular - by far the best Chinese food in Salt Lake. Once you drop in (don't let the outside/location put you off) you will NEVER look back. The interior is gorgeous and very comfortable. We only occasionally eat Chinese from anywhere else - and only if we absolutely must.
Pros: fabulous food, great service and fantastic ambience
Cons: absolutely no cons
I am originally from Vancouver, and coming to Hong Kong Tea house was such a dissapointment. I went in for dim sum after reading the reviews and just thought it had to be the worst dim sum I have ever had. The service is friendly and the servers are pretty attentive. I had ordered the larg shrimp dumplings (har gow) which weren't large at all, and pretty dry. The fried dumplings were large and tasteless. The pork spare ribs were kind of flavorless. The sui mai the pork dumplings were dry and tastless. I am sorry everything I ordered was just not what I expected. I went with my boyfriend and he agreed that not only was it the worst dim sum ever, but one of the worst food ever. I would give it a second chance though, and probably go for dinner instead and see what their food is like. I suggest avoiding dim sum entirely unless you have no idea what dim sum tastes like.
Don't let the location scare you, the fact they are still in business should tell you something. This was the start of an evening dine around to several different restaurants, and we could have easily stayed there the entire evening. We ordered several appetizers and 9 out of 10 of them were prepared perfectly. The servers were great, and were very knowledgeable on the dishes on the menu. The decor makes a great statement of how authentic this place is, not to mention we were one of two tables who were not Chinese. I will highly recommend anyone dine here. I have already referred many out of town guests and they came back with great reviews.
Pros: Truly a Chinese restaurant
Cons: They should remove the fish tank, it says nothing of their restaurant
If you go at lunch time (before 2:00 pm) and order off the Dim Sum menu you will get some of the best Chinese food in the valley unless you are just a meat and potatoes person who can't stand a little variety. You can order multiple courses so when you find one that you really love you can order more of it. 2 people can get their fill in about 4 to 6 courses. It was really fun trying new things. All the courses were good and everybody will find some favorites. You might also discover some tea that you have never tasted before.
Pros: Great chinese food, try the Dim Sum at lunch time.
Cons: Street is under construction
I tend to judge a place on how well they keep up their fish tank, if they have one. This place has one. In fact, it's the first thing you see (and smell) when you come in the first set of doors. I had to look twice to see that their were actually fish in the tank. I seriously couldn't see them, that's how thick the green stuff was in this tank.
I decided that the things that people rave about better be pretty dang good so I tried the Dim Sum and the Sesame Chicken. The Dim Sum was fine (I haven't had a lot of it so I really can't compare) and the Sesame Chicken was rubbery. Another person who got it thought it tasted slightly fishy!
This place bombed hard for me. I will not be going back!
Pros: Near a TRAX stop.
Cons: Dirty Fish Tank, Rubbery Chicken
The sesame chicken is so good it's like they use magic dust to make it! I've never had it better anywhere else!! The service is so nice but the only thing is they take a while to get back to you. But the food there is absolutely amazing. It's such a treat to go there because it's modestly prices for such quality food!
Pros: Amazing food
Cons: A little slow service
CLEAN, FRESH, Great Service, and it's where the Chinese locals go!!!
Being from San Francisco and having traveled to China, I would have to say, this is as good as you can get it in Utah. The service is great, even though they speak different dialects of Chinese and am not fluent in English, they were respectful enough to speak English eve among themselves in-front of customers. They try their best to keep up on all the customers and serve them since they don't seem to have a set server for set tables.
DIM SUM . . . OH my is it good. I have flown back to San Francisco just for Dim Sum when I crave it, now my husband and I will just drive 20 minutes to eat here.
Pros: GOOD DIM SUM and GREAT Service. . . just be paitient.
Cons: A few amazing dishes of Dim Sum is only available on weekends.
Cheap, fast and good! How much more could you expect? It was a good experience. However they seem like they don't accept reservations though.
If anyone read the previous post ignor it completely! We went to this restaurant last night and had nothing but a wonderful time and ate the best chinese food I've had here in Utah. So dear wacunt or what ever your posting name is, I need to ask who in their right mind eats dim sum @ 10 am anyway. With the tone of your snooty comments and the lenth of time it took you to get to Salt Lake I imagine that you are coming from Utah county... Well if that's the case this Restaurant is not a chain restaurant and maybe you should try Pf Changs or Panda Express.
Anyway if you aren't turned off by the fact they might let you in a little later than 10 am then try the snow pea leafs in garlic and the mixed seafood stir fry.... A+ Thanks Hong Kong Tea House.
PS Wacunt I'm an Anglo and felt more than welcome here and I think you need keep your biget a** at home.
Pros: A+ Chinese Food, get the snow pea
Despite the hours of operation to begin at 10 A.M. on the weekends at 10:25 the doors were locked. The hours of operation are posted on the door as opening at 10 and the neon Open sign was lit. The "manager" (or so she said when I asked to speak with the manager) was vaccuuming the floors (shouldn't this be done prior to the opening time). My wife and I had traveled 35 miles looking forward to a dim sum experience as listed in the previous reviews. When I knocked at the door and the window, she summarily ignored me while continuing to vaccuum. When I called the number listed on Citysearch the hours were stated the same as on the door and here. She finally came over and I asked what were the hours of operation. She said that she was alone and was frightened thus keeping the door locked. That it was located in a bad part of town and people would come in only wishing to use the washroom. WHAT? This had nothing to do with us. Perhaps because she saw two Anglos she didn't believe that we wished to dine. What a horrendous experience! I guess the moral of today was that to be allowed in during the beginning of the day, one must bring an Asian since us poor Anglos must not enjoy the Dim Sum experience. We have had Dim Sum in a number of West Coast cities and have NEVER had an experience such as this. Beware!
Pros: There are no pros
Cons: See review
Authentic. There is a great variety of options, and they receive fresh specialty items regularily. Try the lilly bulbs if available. Don't forget desert - I love the custards. A place to come back.
Pros: Authentic, Quality Food and Price
I love their dim sum. Very delicious. And if you are adventurous enough you can ask one of the servers what her favorite dishes are and try them. She may recommend chicken feet or something like that, and they are worth trying if you're brave. Their dim sum is pricier than some of the other Chinese restaurants in town, but the service is good and the seating areas are always kept clean.
I've never tried their menu items but the dim sum is just great!
Pros: Good dim sum, friendly servers
I tried this place when it first opened, wasn't that impressed. Then recently a couple of friends were raving about it-non chinese friends. So I went back there today-it hadn't improved. Some items are better than other Dim Sum in the valley-taro root, meatball. The staples of Dim Sum wasn't good or even there. They didn't have Haw Gaw Sui Mi. Their Egg Custard Tarts were small and full of yellow food coloring. We were leaving after an hour when they bought out our last two items. The portions are small and expensive. Traditionally they have portions for four, but most were for three. (Could be the number four is bad luck) If you are trying to introduce people to Dim Sum, I would recommend this place. But this is not the place where you want good traditional Dim Sum.
Cons: Bad parking, Average Food, Expensive
we went here one time for dim sum after reading a glowing review from the Tribune - and we couldn't believe our tastebuds! The food was terrible - greasy, tasted bad, not the way dim sum should be. this is one of the worst chinese restaurants that i have sampled, here or elsewhere.
Cons: awful food, and I have eaten a lot of dim sum in a lot of cities
I've only had dim sum here twice. It was great both times. shrimp balls were great and the stirfried broccoli leaves were fantastic.
I don't know about dinner or lunch but sunday dim sum is great.
service is great and for 4 we paid $50 for about 7-8 dishes.
Pros: authentic, fun, good food
For the price, it's not worth it. Although it has the best atmosphere of authentic chinese restaurants around, it tries to serve it's dim sum, dishes, and tea northern style - too small. It's trying to give you an authentic feel, but it charges too much for it.
Pros: atmosphere, clean
Compares with the best Chinese cuisine in SF, HN, Vancouver, BC. Unbelieveable, having such a treasure in UT.
The only Chinese restaurant in town that shows you the live lobster you ordered prior to preparation. A traditional sign of true value to the people in the know.
Pros: Food, Service, Ambience
Hong Kong Tea House is a very inviting place. At the moment you walk in you are greeted with a smile by the very strong accented english speaking staff. The food is some of the most authentic available here in the Salt Lake valley. You will be very content with your choice of dining here. Taste, Service, and Price are outstanding!
I found this listing and suggested it to my family when we were traveling through Salt Lake City recently. Everyone was pleased: the sesame chicken was a little too sweet, but the honey prawns (actually shrimp) with walnuts was excellent--light and crispy. Don't miss the steamed dim sum platter!
Pros: Inexpensive, Plentiful servings, Value
I don't think i've ever met a Kung Pao i didn't like....or one that can top theirs! The tea is excellent and perfect temperature. The Shrimp Balls are better than the six + dim sum shops i tried in Chinatown San Francisco...and the atmosphere is so gentle you forget instantly what side of town you're on. Perfectly spiced Spring rolls. Only problem is the kink you'll get in your neck from craning to see other tables' meals, match picture to great smell! Iced Green Tea a must for cold-drinkers.
Pros: Open Sundays, Incredible Food, Great Atomsphere
This is the best Chinese food in SLC I've had so far! Their Sesame Beef & Chicken is the best in town! They have a HUGE variety, to choose from in their menu as well. The Service was wonderful, & the decorations were beautiful.
Pros: Inexpensive, Service, Best Food
The reason for the mixed review is the disparity between the Dim Sum which is on par with China towns worldwide and the wok dishes which are dismal at best. If this place were to in fact employ a decent wok cook to match their accomplishments with Dim Sum it would be a match for the best in this city. To the owners - please find someone with talent to match your Dim Sum.
Pros: Dim Sum, Dim Sum, Dim Sum
Cons: Anything but Dim Sum, brush off complaints, disparity of food
Having lived in Asia for many years, this is the closest and best Chinese in Utah! Their dim sum menu is extensive and excellent, as is the rest of their menu. Excellent selection of Cantonese classics and specials.
Pros: Excellent Food, Nice Decor, Good Prices