Grand Harbour the sister restaurant to Grand Park which is one of the premier dim sum restaurants in the CBD. Being happy with the dim sum at Grand Park, we thought we would give Grand Harbour a try, to see whether their dim sum are similar to their sister restaurant.
We arrived pretty late in the afternoon around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. There was just a short wait for a table to be cleared. As we took our seats one of the staff members asked us what tea we would like. I responded with chrysanthemum.
The majority of the clientele here were predominately Caucasian. with a selected handful of Chinese. A pictured dim sum menu is available on the table so you can see what is on offer and order them if you don’t see them being pushed around in the carts.
Most of the dim sum dishes are pushed around in carts with staff members shouting out if you want any.
Food started to arrive left, right and centre. and ordered the usual for the base of comparison
Sui Mai – these were perhaps the highlight of our lunch. juicy and succulent pork mince and roughly chopped pork meat. Nicely seasoned.
Har Goa – These little morsels looked good with a thin transparent skin. the filling was more or less minced prawn meat with very small chunks of prawns. It was ok but not the best I have had.
Prawn and Coriander Dumplings – Good proportion of coriander to the prawn filling which was a combination of minced prawn and small chunks of prawn.
Mushroom Rice Roll – an assortment of mushrooms which includes shitake, woodear, straw mushrooms were mixed through. the rice roll itself was fairly thick and the sauce was not as flavoursome as it could be. fairly runny intend of the delicious thick slightly sweet, slightly salty sauce you would come to expect from a good rice roll sauce.
Beef Ribs – these had a nice flavour to it, black bean, bit of five spice etc. Fairly large pieces and fairly lean. the pieces which I had were daily tender, but Plus 1 thought they were tough.
Beef Balls – I tend not to order this as I had a fair few of these when I was a kid so got sick of them, but Plus 1 wanted one so was forced to help him eat it. These balls were not as tight as I had thought. They were fairly loose which was good. I hate eating meatballs that have been handled too much which tends to get fairly tough.
Tofu Pudding – extremely large bowl of tofu pudding. – I was happy with the serving size. The sweet sugar syrup had a hint of ginger which gave it a slightly refreshing flavour to it. The tofu pudding was not as smooth as it could be, but it was fairly soft.
The chilli sauce here is quite nice and one of the nicer ones I have had in New Zealand. Slightly spicy which went well with selected dim sum items.
Dim sum here is good, but it is fairly expensive. I would come back if someone shouted me, but would not bother making effort to come into the CBD for yum cha. English is widely spoken, however I did receive some conversation in Mandarin. Service is a bit hit and miss. There were times when I had requested for something and it never came. Even though Grand Park is the sister restaurant, I much prefer Grand Park over Grand Harbour.
Location: Corner Pakenham St & Viaduct Harbour, Customs Street West, Auckland
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