Above & Beyond Dim Sum Lunch Set- Hong Kong

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Have you been to Above & Beyond Restaurant in Hong Kong? Just imagine a perfect picture postcard from the Hotel ICON’s 28th floor. Up here, the restaurant during the day is stunning and I can already imagine at night the buildings would twinkle their lights and this would be breathtaking. With enormous crystal clear windows that offer a vertiginous panorama outlook of Hong Kong’s skyline, I think time seems to be moving at a relaxed pace. It’s a perfect lunch date with an intimate and sophisticated space with a modern classic twist in elegance. Throughout the restaurant, artworks of hand painted landscapes of Hong Kong and traditional Chinese characters offer another enjoyable scenery too! Mamma Mia, the décor is super sleek with leather chairs, marble bar tables and stylish lounge area.

Hungry yet? You should probably continue reading then…

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Lunch with a view

The view is just as important as the food, right? So for 3 people, we decided to order the Dim Sum Set Lunch– Priced at HKD $218 per person ($32 AUS) (minimum 2 persons). The reason behind ordering this set is because I’ve heard insane reviews about their famous Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone. I can confirm, it’s one of the most impressive dish I’ve had. Though, it would have been nice if there is an option to upsize the abalone… 😛

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Seats are actually leather

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Modern setting

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Views from Above & Beyond 

We began with complimentary Marrowfat peas in XO sauce – The beans are highly seasoned with a kick of chilli. You’ll notice a salty savoury sweet Chinese condiment coming from the chopped bamboo shoots and in between shredded dried scallops.

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Marrowfat peas in XO sauce

Folks, please say hello to Mr. Walnut- This complimentary Honey Roasted Walnut with Sesame seed is lightly sweet and extremely crunchy in texture. There’s a nice aroma of coated toasted honey on the outside with generous sprinkles of sesame seeds.

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Caramelized walnuts are quite a treat

I believed Soup of the Day was a Chinese traditional pork rib and is very popular soup in Hong Kong. The bone broth seemed to have been nourished for a very long time, therefore the flavours last very long on your tastebuds.

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Tasty soup of the day

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Enjoy a selection of fine beverages at the bar area.

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Bringing back the classic but modern touch

This may not sound like a big deal but the steamed Shrimps and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling contained chunks of fresh seasoned shrimps and stripes of bamboo shoots. I loved the sticky silky dumpling wrap that tightly hugs all the ingredients together. The texture has a gentle consistency of chewiness and solid amount of shrimps. If you notice on the right side of the bamboo tray, the Pork Dumpling shows characteristic with a mixture of steamed pork, black mushroom wrapped in a thin golden pleated wrap witha spoonful of crab roe atop.

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Shrimps and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling and also Pork Dumpling

BRACE YOURSELFS because I welcome you the Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone – You seriously have to commit to this dish…alone. The fresh bite-size whole abalone sits on a feathery delicate nest of crispy taro. It’s certainly a fresh spin on Chinese dim sum and Cantonese cuisines, sounds dramatic but this is the most luxurious highlighted savoury dish for Above & Beyond.

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Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone

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Getting distracted…

Are you ready for some Cheese and Shrimp Spring Roll? Definitely not your typical spring roll as this is made with tasty melting cheese and cooked shrimps. It’s certainly not healthy as it’s deep-fried to perfection. Great taste also comes from the paper-thin spring roll pastry.

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Cheese and Shrimp Spring Roll

Next we continued with the Rice Flour Rolls – Steamed rice rolls is such a traditional Hong Kong style. Super delicious and somewhat healthy as the filling includes bamboo pitch and mushroom. To add a bit of colour they have added fresh Chinese broccoli for a crunchy finish.

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Rice Flour Rolls

When I looked at the Barbecued Kagoshima Pork and Marinated Cucumber with Minced Garlic– This dish surely looks shinier than my hair. Very tasty and wholesome with slices of seasoned pork. The pork was an explosion in my mouth. Overtime it does overpower your tastebuds but I like that meaty flavour. For the chubby stick figures of cucumber, the ingredients of the minced garlic was superb and not overcooked. Every bite was a nice refreshing solid crunch.

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Don’t you pork me!

Another terrific bite is the Tossed Udon. I seriously found it hard to find any flaws in this dish. Ok, let’s face it, it does look plain and simple but boy the texture of the udon is fab-u-lous. With added light soy sauce and in between minced pork with chopped spring onions, I think I can now convert to eating just udon’s for the rest of my life. I am impressed how they have cooked the udon’s without undercooking or overcooking it.

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Fresh and bursting with flavor is Tossed Udon.

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Fantastic views over the harbour

We ordered an additional Barbecue Pork Buns (Cha Siu Bao) (HKD$38 for 3) ($5.45AUS)-The steamed buns were light and fluffy in texture, and filled with sweet marinated barbecue pork that were finely chopped. You’d want to eat them immediately because Above & Beyond serves it ASAP when the buns are ready to come out of the steamer. Hmmmm so fluffy!

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Barbecue Pork Buns

As if all the above wasn’t enough, Dessert of the Day they served hot sago soup with fresh mango pieces. Sago soup was mildly sweet, but it taste really delicious when there’s chunks of mango.

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Perfect dessert of the day

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Mango chunks and sago, yes please.

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So many chairs to choose from!

I was surprised to see the menu prices for Above & Beyond weren’t too dear. I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to sample gourmet Chinese Dim Sum. It is quite impressive to have a mini yum-cha whilst overlooking Hong Kong.Yes, the work of art is, evidently, the stunning views of Hong Kong Island and the harbour at Hotel ICON’s 28th floor, Above & Beyond Restaurant.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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24 thoughts on “Above & Beyond Dim Sum Lunch Set- Hong Kong

    onlyhereforfoodporn said:
    June 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Omg i miss yumcha so much now cos of you

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Hehe. I wouldn’t mind having yum cha every day if there’s a view 😀

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    June 27, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Whoah that woo gok with abalone looks incredible!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 27, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Totes forgot it has a Chinese name! I think this wu gok is not your typical standard dim sum.

    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said:
    June 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I would go just to try that taro cake with the whole abalone! Glad to hear that it lives up to its reputation 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      If only that wu gok has the option for mains. Now I wouldn’t mind that. Haha!

    Hilda Tjajadi said:
    June 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Hotel Icon is one of my favourite hotels in the world!!!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Agree Hilda! So far, Hotel Icon in Hong Kong has really impressed me. I am so keen to check-in for my next visit. 😀

    Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said:
    June 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Omg melted cheese in a spring roll? I’m won over!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Yes, melted cheeeeeesse! I don’t think I’ve turned down melted cheese, especially if it is wrapped in deep friend goodness.

    Gourmet Getaways said:
    June 29, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Cheese and shrimp roll does sound awesome! Love the view!!!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Can’t say no to deep fried stuff and cheese! Hmmm YUM 😀

    Chris @ MAB vs Food said:
    June 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I love mango sago dessert and this one looks amazing! Another place that does a fantastic whole abalone dim sum is Lung King Heen, different but just as awesome 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Just searched Lung King Heen, bookmarked it immediately. I noticed a lot of variety of dim sum presentation. Very keen to fly back to HK ASAP!

    irene said:
    July 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I don’t know which one’s more breathtaking – the food or the view haha. Looks like an epic meal!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      It does look like a day of dreams, I must say. Both are equally epic! 😀

    Von said:
    July 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Taro cake is my favourite of dim sums 🙂 It looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to try one of these high up restaurants in HK just to admire the view- beat paying lots of money to some observation deck!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Very lucky Above & Beyond didn’t request any additional surcharge just to see the breathtaking view. In regards to the taro cake, you’ll love it!

    msihua (@msihua) said:
    July 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I miss HK! I wish it wasn’t 9 hours away.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Agree! HK is truly a place I’d like to fly back every year 😀

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    July 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    That abalone!! omg! yum!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      I know right? Abalone for lunch, CRAZY!

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    July 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Dear Vanny,

    I am wu gok fan and that taro cake looks impressive. $32 is awesome value considering food quality, ambience and views!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Agree! I was shocked to find out that it only cost $32 Aus, depending on currency to dine at this place. Can’t wait to head back there and try their high tea.

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