A friend told me about Serenade Chinese Restaurant located at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Imagine I live a stone’s throw away and I never knew about it.
Sure I’ve watched Mama Mia and Phantom of the Opera at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre but I didn’t know they had restaurants too.
Serenade was part of the popular Maxim group of restaurants.
As nice as the restaurant, view, menu and plating was the food was very disappointing. The only positive thing was the service was extremely fast. This barbecue pork pastry was cold and the pastry was not flaky at all.
barbecued pork pastry HK$26
Our usual favorite, ham sui kok, was cold and oily. I kept thinking about my favorite dim sum place, Chuk Yuen that was in a basement and didn’t have a view but their ham sui kok comes out piping hot and filled with lots of meat.
deep fried sticky dumpling filled with minced pork & dried shrimp HK$18
On the other hand their desserts were yummy and definitely made up for the unsatisfactory meal. I loved the coffee gelatin balls and together with fresh fruit, tapioca and coconut milk it was a very refreshing dessert.
chilled sweetened sago cream with fresh fruits, coffee & taro puddings HK$26
I really liked the contrast in texture between the soft and sticky exterior and the crunchy filling of coconut and candied fruits. I would definitely go back just for their desserts. Maybe I’ll give their a la carte menu another try since the pictures looked good. Take a gander of their menu complete with pictures here.
If you want really, really good dim sum then go to Chuk Yuen seafood restaurant. It’s my favorite!
Serenade Chinese Restaurant’s menu
Serenade Chinese Restaurant
1-2/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre,
10 Salisbury Rd. Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon