HOTSPOT: The Dining Room


There is a restaurant chain in Hong Kong that specializes in Shanghai food that goes by the name that does not really scream Shanghai food at all: The Dining Room - 南小館.

I have not eaten here before but the first thing that drew my attention was their bright and modern looking interior. As result I came to this restaurant 2 times already, firstly for lunch and secondly for their desserts. Lets check it out!


Er is een restaurant keten in Hong Kong dat gespecialiseerd is in de Shanghainese keuken, maar de naam roept niet echt Shanghainees uit, namelijk: The Dining Room -  The Dining Room - 南小館.

Nog nooit heb ik hier een hapje en drankje gedaan, maar wat mij als eerst de aandacht greep, was de ontzettend lichte mooie interieur. Uiteindelijk heb ik hier 2 gegeten en gedronken voor een lunch en dessert, bekijk ze gauw hieronder!  

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1ˢᵗ Time Order
1 hand grasp pancakes
2 noodles with yellow croaker fish & preserved snow cabbage
Entrée & Noodles
This included tea (green tea?) that you still have to pay at the end is amazingly good.
Hand grasp pancakes

Me and my auntie decided to order a basket of `hand grasp pancakes`. You eat these pancakes by pulling them apart and eat by hands. The pancakes were tasted crispy in my mouth, chewy and it left an oily layer on my lips after but overall it was a good pancake!
Noodles with yellow croaker fish & preserved snow cabbage

To me the Shanghai kitchen is best known for their delicious steamed soup dumplings/xiao long bao (小笼包) but since the dumplings involves meat and I have banned myself from eating meat, I have ordered something else for the main: noodle soup with fish and salty preserved snow cabbage. The bowl was generous filled and it smelled super fragrant. My aunt ordered the same dish and we enjoyed our bowl but the longer we eat, the saltier the dish became. I don`t know if this dish is supposelly this salty but I`d like to have mine less salt next time.

2ⁿᵈ Time Order
1 almond milk melon pudding with snow fungus
1 portion of Maltesers mochi
Almond milk melon pudding with snow fungus

One thing for sure I had to try their puddings. These are no ordinary puddings, though I almost ordered the mango & coconut pudding - I have decided to make a bold move and picked the melon pudding with snow fungus instead. Such an odd combination!

I know what snow fungus/snow ear are and I often eat them in Chinese herbal soups but I never had them in desserts.
The dessert came in a cute small glass. It`s almost a waste to dig my spoon into this beauty but I did it anyway and it taste pretty nice! It`s fresh, chilled, not to sweet with nice subtle melon flavor.
That`s snow fungus. It gave this pudding an extra bite to it.
Mochi with Maltesers

For takeaway I purchased these mochis with Maltesers chocolate inside because out of curiousity. I love eating the soft chewy mochi texture and having a Malteser chocolate ball inside it was also crunchy too. Very nice! I wish the plastic takeaway box was a bit more sturdy because it broke easily...
Address: Shop 501, 5/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui - HONG KONG
FOOD: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: ••• 3/5
INTERIOUR: •••• 4/5
PRICE: •••• 4/5


  1. nice post!

  2. it looks good, i would absolutely love to visit hong kong one day!

    danielle | avec danielle

  3. Asian pancakes! Those hand grasp pancakes look delicious. I would never have guessed that a dessert would have snow fungus in it. What an interesting menu this restaurant has!

    Alyse (J.X.L.) | Lumière & Lens

  4. Oh wow all the food looks super yummy!
    Very cute pics

  5. Oh very interesting place the food looks super yummy

  6. Noodles, pancakes and dessert is a win! Too much salt is always a no no :( I had a bad experience at a Thai restaurant where the Pad Thai I ordered had too much sugar in it I could barely eat it.

  7. What a nice place! For some reason I really like the lined up Coca Cola bottles, so pretty!


  8. Oh my, now I want la mian! I've yet to eat any crispy pancakes like that although I've been eating dim sum more recently.Great stuff, I love my xiao long bao and always try them out and it's really interesting how they taste so different everywhere.

  9. I've got a crazy hankering for noodles recently (the ones you've pictured look so good)

  10. Love your photos !


  11. ooh I love hand grasp pancakes! Haha I've never seen the English translation of that before :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


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