Hong Kong

Crystal Lotus: Disney Dim Sum 2018

For our Hong Kong Disneyland vacay, the hubby and I decided on staying at Disney ‘s Hollywood Hotel. Not only did it have an amazing price point, but also a beautiful 1920s Hollywood deco theme. However, this didn’t mean we had no interest in checking out the other hotels. In fact, we decided to make lunch reservations at Crystal Lotus located inside the beautiful Victorian clad Disneyland Hotel.

What’s so special about this restaurant you ask? Three words: DISNEY DIM SUM. I’ll admit, with a 7:30 closing time, I was a bit apprehensive about leaving the park for lunch, but with Disney themed dim sum on the table how could I refuse?

I made our reservation by phone about 3 months in advance and was a little bit worried as to how it would go. I had heard from other bloggers and vloggers that language barriers and heavy accents made communication very difficult. In some instances the reservations were not made properly or at all. Much to my relief, the person I spoke with spoke English very well. She was very helpful and repeated everything I said 2 or 3 times to make sure there was no confusion. She emailed me a confirmation email the next day along with a menu (orders must be put in 48 hrs in advance). Then a few days before our trip, I emailed them my dim sum selection and they confirmed the order the following day. It was the easiest thing!

When we arrived for lunch, they took us to our table, confirmed our order and within a few minutes the first dish was on our table. Before eating, however, we did have a brief moment to sit in awe of the beautiful restaurant interior. The walls were done in bold golds and lacquered reds, pink lotus chandeliers hung from the ceiling alongside jade green lanterns. Beautiful lotus carpeting ran along the floor and grand lotus paintings stretched across the walls. The restaurant held itself with such elegant grandeur, I felt a little underdressed sitting there in a t-shirt and Mickey ears (even though everyone else was dressed similarly).

Of course as impressive as the decor was was, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was even more impressed with the food. First up on our table was the Star Wars Baked Yunnun Ham and Assorted Nuts Puff  (2 pcs for HKD $68). Here you get the menacing Darth Vader Stormtrooper duo. As cute as they were, I found them to be a bit on the dry and dense side. They were savory and generally tasted good, but just weren’t my cup of tea.

The Baymax Buns (2pcs for HKD $88) definitely won me over for being the cutest of all dim sum. My only issue with this one is that there was a whole lot of bun and not nearly enough of that delicious chicken and seafood filling. That being said, I’m a total bread head and I absolutely loved the bun. It was so soft and pillowy, I actually didn’t really mind eating it like that.

I think overall, the Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Buns (3 pcs for HKD $88) were the best bang for your buck. Simply put, they were adorable, super soft and completely stuffed! The filling was delicious and definitely had me craving more at a reasonable price point.

A very close second were the Twin Fish Dumplings in Lotus Pond (2 pcs for HKD $128). These dumplings were absolutely gorgeous and very life like. They came with a garoupa fillet and shrimp filling served in a light broth and the flavor was fantastic! These were the hardest for me to eat because they were so beautiful, true works of culinary art. I suppose the only downside would be the price tag of $128, making it our most expensive dish. Understandable, but still expensive.

Dessert was a tough decision, but in the end I opted for the Tsum Tsum Chilled Pudding (3 pcs for HKD $98). I think they make these when ordered because it took a while to come out, but it was totally worth the wait. We got three different Tsum Tsums: Daisy, Piglet and an Alien. They came garnished with strawberries and topped with a stick of chocolate that kind of looked like a nail file and tasted kind of strange. I’m still not sure if we were supposed to eat it or not. The overall taste was very light and a perfect way to wrap up a fairly filling meal.

In the end, it was totally worth leaving the park for lunch. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was magical and we still had plenty of time to check out the rest of Hong Kong Disneyland! I was a bit on the pricier side, with our grand total coming out to HKD $567.00 (USD $75.61), but it was definitely a memorable part of our trip. If you’re a Disney lover like me, I say take the plunge and stuff your face with cute deliciousness.

  • Hours
    • 12:00pm~2:30pm (lunch) & 6:00pm~10:o0pm (dinner), Monday~Friday
    • 11:00am~3:00pm (lunch) & 6:00pm~10:30pm (dinner), Saturday~Sunday
  • Address
    • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Magic Road, Lantau IslandHong Kong, China
  • Phone
    • 852 3510-6000
  • Website
  • RESERVATION REQUIRED
    •  Dim sum must be pre-ordered at least 48 hours in advance

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