Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant

www.misopeckish.comAh Yat Seafood Restaurant is famous for its abalone dishes.  We decided to have lunch here after a recommendation from a friend, as I was looking for another good dim sum restaurant that would be on par or if not better than Fook Lam Moon.

Ah Yat restaurant has stunning views with large windows overlooking Hong Kong Island.   The restaurant is spacious and modern unlike some restaurants where they cram in as many tables as they can.

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We opted for the set lunch menu as it seemed to be quite good value for money.

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Amuse Bouche – Wood ear fungus. Cold and crunchy with a small hint of heat.   Good way to star the meal

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Steam Mince Pork Dumpling with Crab Roe – was superbly delicious.  I would say it was a larger version of a xiao long bao with crab roe.

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Daily Soup – Quite a large serving of soup which fills you up.  Soup is well seasoned however it would have been nice if the chef had skimmed off the the bit of fat that was floating on top of the soup.

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Roast Pork and Roast Goose – Goose was lean, but not as tasty as I was hoping for a Michelin star restaurant.   The crackling on the roast pork was superb, golden, crunchy and fairly lean.

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Vegetables – Choy Sum were on offer.  Perfectly cooked vegetables that still had a good crunch to them.  The vegetables came with a small bowl of thick abalone sauce which was so delicious I was tempted to dip my fingers in, but I thought better of it.

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Sui Mai -The size of these morsels were just right, not too large nor too small.  Large chunks of tender prawns and pork.  These are not the best I have had but are still tasty and am happy to order again.

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Taro puffs – I never tend to order these as Plus 1 is not a fan of these and I do not want to eat 3 of them.   However these Taro puffs were delicious.  The best ones I have had in a long time.   The puff itself was light, crispy and very fluffy.

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The filling was well seasoned and neither too runny or too thick.

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Stir fry vermicelli noodles with Shredded Duck – Nothing spectacular about this dish.  Small amounts of shredded duck with veges and woodear fungus.  But something to fill your stomach if you had not had enough to eat.

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Abalone and chicken puff – *OMG*  these tiny morsels are so delicious, no wonder this is one of their signature dishes.

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The abalone was very tender, moist and rich, and the sweet chicken meat hiding underneath the abalone made it more enjoyable.

The pastry casing was thin enough that when held it did not not break and when bitten into it did not crumble.   If i could afford more I would have order several platefuls of these morsels.   I was told by my friend that Ah Yat was the first restaurant that introduced the Abalone Puff, while other restaurants copied their idea and turned it into their own.

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Chinese petite fours which consisted of coconut jelly with yellow beans. And almond biscuit.  I was quite full by this time, that I could only manage a mouthful.

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We ordered some additional items as we were so impressed with the set menu we could not have left with out trying some other traditional dim sum items.

Har GAO – the dumplings where quite large compared to the Sui mai.  The prawns were large, very juicy and sweet.

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The skin was nice and thin.  I was glad that I made room for this.

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Hairy crab roe Xiao Long Bao – My first impression when it came it was the size of it.  It was quite large.  I assume this was the case as these are ordered by the piece.   The skin was delicate and thin, when you bite into it all the delicate juices run into your mouth, and before you know it, its all gone, leaving you wanting for more.

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Sui Mai – Small bite size morsels that are both juicy and delicate.

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BBQ Pork Buns – Not very pretty to say the least.  These are made similarly to a Pineapple bun with sweet BBQ pork filling.

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The bun itself was freshly baked.  The topping was sweet and crunchy and the filling had a good proportion of sweet sauce and BBQ pork meat.

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All in all the whole experience was within my expectation considering I visited in the past, some hit and miss moments but generally of a pretty good Cantonese standard, what makes this place stand apart from other high end Chinese restaurants is it has nice views with a very smart service to match while maintaining its characteristic of a Chinese restaurant without trying too hard to be “westernised”. Along with a nice cosy decor and reasonable price tag, it is not a bad place to give a try at all.

Location: 29/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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