Maxims is somewhat of an institution in Hong Kong. If you wish to see what all the fuss is about then expect to queue, mainly with other tourists also wanting to "experience the experience that is yum cha or dim sum depending on where you live".
There are plenty of well known and popular dim sum restaurants throughout the city where locals meet to yum cha (which in Cantonese means drink tea). I can personally recommend any branch of the Din Tai Fung chain for their fresh tasty choices. Having said that there is definitely something unique about Maxims though I'm not quite sure whether its the opulent chandeliered decor, the neverending frantic activity or just the idea of having dim sum served to your table from a variety of laden carts pushed by elderly ladies that appeals most.
Its all a bit crazy, certainly noisy, but fun at the same time so its quite easy to spend more than you realise. Its definitely a dining experience that you wont experience to the same extent anywhere else in the city and for that reason alone I recommend you bring your patience with you and join the end of the queue. The restaurant opens from 11.30am daily so smart people would get there earlier than that !!!
Favorite Dish I particularly liked the Sui Mai which is a parcel filled with pork and seafood and pork dumplings.
The Dim Sum here was awesome! My wife and I ate there on our trip in 2006. We went on for a Saturday lunch. I would reccomend showing up early, as it was quite busy when we came and only got busier. The view was very nice as well.
Like others have no doubt said - a traditional way to Yam Cha and eat Dim Sum. A huge hall with about a dozen trolleys going around, when we went as a table for 7, there were only 2 or 3 other table occupied by Westerners.
The food is great - everything is fresh and very tasty. Pork, beef and shrimp dim sums abound, and you have to finish the meal off with a custard tart.
The only minor down side was that it took ages for a diet coke to arrive for one of our crew, but the jasmine tea was there in an instant!
Timing Tip - arrive before 11h45 to make sure you don't have to queue,
Favorite Dish Pork buns!
This is one of the few dim sum restaurants in HK that use carts to take the food around (wide lanes and space being at a premium here).
Having carts means instant gratification for the food and a see before you buy scenario. It's v. busy so there's a lot of buzz. You'll probably have to wait 15 mins for a table - unless you get there around 11.30. Weekends will be busier. If you go too late e.g. around 2pm, a lot of stuff isn't available anymore.
It's slightly more expensive than other dim sum restaurants, but well worth it.
Favorite Dish Steamed chicken with chinese mushrooms on rice - usually this is a filler dish for me, but here it was awesome.
Chicken feet are good.
Sago and melon pudding in coconut milk for dessert
It's all good!
This is a very busy dim sum restaurant. We had to give our name to the maitre d and waited for a few moments for a table. The restaurant has nice views of the Harbour and piers. The dim sum comes around in various carts, but you can also order things off a menu. Arrive early for the best tables.
Located inside the city hall in Central, the restaurant is well prepared for tourists. You can even ask for knife and fork if you can't handle the chopsticks!
Favorite Dish BBQ pork buns
Steamed shrimp dumplings
Fried turnip cakes are a few to name. When the dim sum cart passes by, pick up the backet covers and try something you haven't tried before!