Restaurant Review: Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan is a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Hong Kong that has finally arrived in the Philippines. It is known for its Baked Buns with BBQ pork and dim sum, both of which have won the heart of food critics and the general public. Unlike other Chinese restaurants, Tim Ho Wan does not accept table reservations. They believe that to serve patrons more efficiently, seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Image by Tim Ho Wan
This Cantonese restaurant can probably accommodate about 50 or so individuals. The space is quite limited so it easily gets full. And because of the large number of people wanting to try out the restaurant, expect long queues. Lining up would take 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the time and day. In terms of interior design, it looks very much like any fine dining Chinese restaurant. Everything looks neat and clean. The waiters are accommodating and knowledgeable about the menu as well. There's no lavatory inside the restaurant though.

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Pork Ribs Rice and Baked Buns with BBQ Pork
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Prawn Dumpling
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Pork Dumpling with Shrimp
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Mango Pomelo Sago and Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake
We ordered baked buns with BBQ pork, pork ribs rice, prawn dumpling, pork dumpling with shrimp, and desserts like mango pomelo sago and tonic medlar & osmanthus cake. The baked buns were good but not really spectacular. The pork ribs rice were just fine but I've tasted better versions of it in other Chinese restaurants. The prawn and pork dumplings were just okay as well, nothing extraordinary. The mango pomelo sago dessert is yummy but the mango-sago combination is already too common in the country. The osmanthus cake looks like a work of art with its tangerine color and unique texture but there's nothing really special after you've tasted it. In general, the food is okay and would definitely fill a hungry stomach. There are other Chinese restaurants in the country with better offering. To be fair, we did try it for a second time to check if the other dishes taste good. We ordered chicken with mushroom and sausage rice toppings, spinach vermicelli, bean curd roll, etc. But I ended up disappointed. They did not taste good...really.

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Tim Ho Wan is perfect for families, young professionals, group of friends who are craving for some authentic Chinese cuisine. Budget needed is about PhP250 per person on average. They accept cash and credit card transactions. As mentioned earlier, they do not accept table reservations so you must be willing to fall in line and wait to be seated. They are open daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (mall hours). Parking is available at the mall's parking building. Aside from their SM Megamall branch, Tim Ho Wan also has branches in Glorietta 3 and SM City North EDSA.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS

Contact Details 
Address: Upper G/F SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

Note: Tim Ho Wan did not pay me for this review.

Til then...

xoxo Nash


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