Tim Ho Wan – CBD – Bourke St

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Disclaimer: We visited Tim Ho Wan on an Easter holiday. I would not recommend this.

We had a plan of attack, wake up early and make the queue’s before the crowd comes along and BAM, out of there before Tim Ho Wan knew what hit them.

Plans don’t usually pan out as they do in your head and in my case, it was an experience I wouldn’t forget anytime soon. What awaited us was a line stretching around the Michelin star famed restaurant with no end in sight. There was an end with an estimated wait time of one and half to two hours but I digress…

If I were to choose a restaurant that is currently feeding the hype beast within Melbourne, Tim Ho Wan would be my number one choice. Famous for being the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world (original restaurant based in Hong Kong), Tim Ho Wan has finally set it’s eyes on the dim sum fanatics in Melbourne. We’ve all heard the rumors and we’ve all seen the lines since the opening. However, because I love my non-existent readers, ain’t no line gonna be the boss of me.

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We made it!

Tim Ho Wan touts 4 specialty dishes dubbed the ‘Big 4 Heavenly Kings’ among other dim sum standards and a few unique nibbles on their compact menu. After 2 hours, Cals and I were moody, tired and a mild case of delirium. All symptoms pointing to a serious case of the hangries. The cure? Order the big 4 and then some.

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Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin – $6.00
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Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling – $7.80
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Pan-Fried Turnip Cake – $6.00
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Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – $7.80
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Steamed Egg Cake – $5.80
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Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp – $7.80
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Fish Maw with Prawn Paste – $8.80
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Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf – $8.80
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Pork Dumpling with Shrimp – $7.80
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Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce – $6.80
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Prawn Dumpling – $8.30
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Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp – $6.80
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Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake – $5.80
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Mango Sago Pomelo – $6.00

The highlight of the dishes for me were the pork ribs in black bean sauce, the pork were really soft and the sauce was actually more flavorful than it looks. Cals pointed out the 4 heavenly kings weren’t too heavenly and were a mixture of overly sweet, bland and overall disappointing. Surprisingly, out of the all the dishes that we ordered, most if not all the dishes were quite forgetful and pretty average overall. Some diners may also find the price tag per dish to be hefty by yum cha standards but, Tim Ho Wan is a world famous restaurant after all.

So John… What is your verdict? Time for us to go or nah?

Well, it’s hard to say. Maybe, I’ve been spoilt by really good dim sum in Melbourne and let’s not forget where there’s hype, there will inevitably be disappointment for some. If you add a 2 hour waiting period, even the patron saint of dim sum will have second thoughts about their experience. If there is no line or it’s only a 15-20 minute wait, by all means have a go and experience it for yourself. You may have a different experience than I did and might actually love Tim Ho Wan. I personally, would not go back because there was nothing from any of the dishes we ordered that would make me jump into that queue again.

I really wanted to like you, Tim Ho Wan, I really did.

2 moustaches out of 5

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