New Yum Cha branch for Causeway Bay
Dim sum dining destination Yum Cha is opening a branch in Causeway Bay next month, paying tribute to the location with a menu celebrating Hong Kong’s bygone typhoon shelter food culture.
In the Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, it joins sister restaurants in Central, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Yum Cha launched two years ago offering a modern twist on Hong Kong’s traditional yum cha ritual of tea and dim sum delicacies. To complement the nostalgic theme, the serving staff at the latest branch will wear retro boat-dweller uniforms against an interior design backdrop of typhoon shelter-inspired graffiti by Thai street artist Piyasak Khieosaard. The typhoon shelter was a thriving floating nightlife hub from the early 1960s to mid of the 1990s, known for affordable freshly caught seafood.
To mark the opening, deputy executive chef KC Mak has crafted a side-menu of exclusive dishes with a typhoon shelter theme, while executive chef Winson Yip continues the Yum Cha tradition with new dim sum specialties such as the Peanut Papa Bun with its moustache.
A range of teas will be offered including an exclusive iced tea collection.
Overlooking Times Square, the new restaurant is transparent through a 27m glass facade. The interior design has been styled after a New York loft, with rustic touches referencing traditional Chinese tea houses. It will seat 168 guests and has four private rooms for eight to 10 people.