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Restaurant Review: Dim Sum Library

By Sophie Pettit 13 March 2017
Dim Sum just got a whole lot richer, thanks to the opening of new 1920s art deco–inspired Dim Sum Library. Located on the first floor of Pacific Place, the quirky new dining spot offers contemporary dishes that aren't overly gimmicky or pricey - but certainly aren't lacking in flavour. Sat among 4,000 square foot of elegant decor, adorned with fancy bird cages, peacock tiled walls, and dim lighting, guests can tuck into delicious favourites like the melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef puff with black pepper ($88 for 3), Black truffle har gau ($48 for 3), and Dan dan xiaolong bao ($48 for 3) - a super spicy take on the popular dish, thanks to the mala sauce. Each dish is beautifully presented and tastes just as intense as it looks. Those with a salty palette will love the Crispy aubergine tossed with salted fish and Chinese chives ($108) which is packed with flavour and stacked in a Jenga-like formation that's thoroughly enjoyable to dismantle with your chopsticks. Meanwhile, the Seared foie gras with osmanthus-smoked coddled eggs ($78) is outrageously rich and salty. Those with a bigger appetite will no doubt love tucking into the Yunnan black truffle crispy-skin chicken ($390 for the whole chicken, $190 for half) and discovering succulent truffle-flavoured meat hidden underneath a delightful crispy skin layer. With 11 vegetarian dishes on the menu, each packed with just as much flavour as their meaty counterparts, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Wash this all down with a delicious tea-based cocktail, and round it off with a sweet Lava mango roll ($48 for 3 pieces) to balance out the flavours, and you have yourself a dreamy dim sum feast that's perfect to enjoy any time of the day.

The Verdict? Despite being located inside a bustling mall, Dim Sum Library provides a pretty escape in a cosy and elegant setting, which is perfect for people-watching and enjoying a work lunch or post-shopping treat. And if you fancy a game of mahjong, there are two tables in the back dinging room that are available to use for free!

You can't really go wrong with a trip to the Library - the service is fast and friendly, the decor is stunning, and best of all, the food is luxurious yet affordable. Dim Sum Library, Shop 124, Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, (+852) 3643 0088
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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.