Need a bite to eat while rushing between business meetings? Have a pocket full of change? Want your Yum Cha to come with a Michelin Star? Tim Ho Wan has you covered.
THW is billed as the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant with good reason – the menu tops out at $8.80 for the glutinous rice in lotus leaf. With a low price, no frills approach (you’ll have to go on a mission to the shopping centre next door to find a toilet) the short menu is simple and unfussy.
My plus one and I were delighted to jump the impending queues and attend the hot ticket media preview of the chain’s first Melbourne restaurant. The staff gave us a taste of the real dining experience to come, proving they were ready to sling some mad dim sum. Dishes hit the table at a furious pace as a cacophony of foodies’ voices rang off the walls. Hungry media devoured dumplings and spring rolls with nary a pause for an Instagram photo. We sampled a selection of the hits, including all four of the Heavenly Kings (pan-fried turnip cake, steamed egg cake, vermicelli roll with pig’s liver, and the famous baked bun with BBQ pork).
In news that will shock no one, the signature BBQ pork buns were the standout. Forget counting carbs for a day – the fluffy, crispy dough wrapped around warm sweet barbecued pork was a delight.
The chain’s new location is well suited in style and location for CBD workers looking for a quick bite.
Jenny S is an event addict. She loves being the first to know about all the cool events in Melbourne and living the Plus Ones lifestyle.
Tim Ho Wan opens March 16 at 206 Bourke St. Trading hours are 10am-10pm.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Harvey Publicity.