29 (Wed) July 2015
Steamed Spinach Dumplings with Shrimp
at TimHoWan (Robinsons Place)
with TL, JL, and various colleagues
TimHoWan is Chinese restaurant chain. Founded in 2009. Started in Hong Kong, currently 20 locations worldwide, including 4 in the Philippines, the latest one in Robinsons Place. Famous for receiving a Michelin star at multiple locations, the only chain to have earned the distinction thus far. Specializes in dim sum.
When signs announcing the arrival of TimHoWan in the mall had gone up several months back, food/restaurant/dim sum enthusiasts in the neighborhood had been surprised that such a prestigious brand would even consider setting up shop here.
We awaited the launch with giddy anticipation.
Since the grand opening last Saturday, 5 days ago, TL has been there 5 times — that good, apparently. She treated the team to lunch there on Monday, though I was unable to make it.
On my first visit, I found the food to be disappointing, for the most part. The Steamed Spinach Dumplings with Shrimp were quite nice, the emphasis placed emphatically on the veg, a welcome departure from other dim sum dumplings that tend to be all about meat. Everything else, however, seemed rather amateur, both in taste and texture. Totally unworthy of the hype.