Lee Gardens, a complex developed below office towers.
In the U.S., malls or office buildings are probably the LAST places you would expect to find upscale dining with food that isn't designed for more than utilitarian sustenance. There have been notable exceptions in recent years (e.g. Westfield Century City / Santa Monica Place) which is exciting, but for the most part those types of venues would not be at the top of most food-lovers' lists of destinations for a great dining experience.
I'm grateful for the emergence of places like Obika Mozzarella Bar, for decent dining when I'm already at the mall, but personally would not plan a whole evening around a meal there.
Hong Kong on the other hand is as dense with skyscrapers, if not more, than New York, and with the crunch for space - and the strategic advantage of being based in high traffic areas - it completely makes sense there for fine dining venues to be located in shopping centers / office buildings (in addition to hotels).
And Prince Restaurant offers a luxurious and modern setting with a spacious dining room done in soothing mochas and greens, and non-traditional, sleek booths adorned with crystal chandeliers.
This is one that's easy to replicate back home, as long as I can find an Asian market that sells this salt.
Other traditional dim sum items, each with one new added ingredient, that we ordered were: Baked Egg Tarts with Birds' Nest (HK$25 ~US$3 per piece) and Baked Diced Goose Pastries (HK$30 ~US$4 per piece). While the egg tarts were great, the Baked Diced Goose Pastries is Prince's one glitch this meal - the goose pieces were dry and a bit bland.
All in all, lunch at Prince was one of my favorite meals on this trip - and next time I go back to Hong Kong I'm hopping in a taxi to Prince Restaurant straight from the airport.
On a 7 point scale:
Flavor - 6.5 bites
Presentation - 6.5 bites
Originality - 6 bites
Ambience - 6 stars
Service - 6 stars
Overall experience - 6.5 bites
Price - $$$ (3 bite marks)
Probability of return visit - 100%
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5th Floor, The Lee Garden, 33 Hysan Ave., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Dragon King Restaurant
12/F World Trade Center, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong