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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations

Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. Opening Hours: 11am-11pm.
As a lifelong Hello Kitty enthusiast and devotee plus an avid foodie, nothing was more exciting to me than hearing that a new Hello Kitty eatery was opening up in Hong Kong. While I've already been to the pop-up cafes and the bakery in Causeway Bay, this one is the world's first Hello Kitty-themed traditional Chinese restaurant - Hello Kitty 中菜軒. Let the queuing commence.

Following a sticky 40-minute queuing session on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, my friend and I were quickly seated in the cutest place in town. Like, seriously. The decor is completely Hello Kitty themed, from the wooden furnishings to the traditional lanterns, and the Chinese paintings to the crockery on the table. (Hi Hello Kitty chopsticks and a ceramic bow-shaped chopstick rest.)

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations

The menu is pretty varied and is fairly extensive for a themed restaurant. With six Hello Kitty dim sum dishes and six other Hello Kitty signature dishes, there is plenty to choose from and it includes all the classics: har gow, siu mai, glutinous rice, steamed vegetables and more.

We chose a prawn and rice dish for the cute HK rice, har gow, ham siu gok and some steamed vegetables - and were pleasantly surprised! Honestly, we didn't come here for the taste, more for the sheer cuteness, but everything tasted really nice. Our rice dish was a little cold by the time we got round to eating it but I'm completely putting that down to the fact that we were Instagramming the hell out of it, and the har gow had a thicker skin than most. (Usually it should be light and thin.) But I'd easily rate the food a 7.5/10 (:

Additionally - as expected - it is quite pricey. Our meal for two came to around $430 at lunch! Highly recommend for fellow Sanrio enthusiasts. Take your boyfriends and embarrass them!

18 comments

  1. EHMEHGERD everything is so cute! curious over the dimsum's taste though o.o


    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

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  2. Wow that is a pricey meal! But I agree, I would be instagramming it like mad and it would be stone cold by the time I can tuck in - not so great for dim sum. Shame about the thickness of the har gow but like you say, it's more about visual appeal than perfect food! I want to gooooo.

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  3. So much Hello Kitty! It looks too adorable to eat, not sure if I would've been able to bring myself to (even har gow, which I am partial to haha).

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  4. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest meal ever! Shame the food wasn't 100% amazing but your photos are adorable! xx

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  5. I don't care how pricey this is, this restaurant is like every childhood dream mixed with a wonderful foodie hallucination. Also the decor is so on point, there's gotta be a place where I can buy those adorable Hello Kitty prints, right? Xx

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  6. Do you know where I'll be eating firstly when arriving HK?
    YES THIS RESTAURANT! I'm surprised to read that the
    food was actually not that bad because usually with theme
    restaurant and food, it usually goes for the look than
    taste :P Xx http://icepandora.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh my gosh that presentation is incredible! I'm not even a huge Hello Kitty fan but I must admit I really like that! :)
    Amy x

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  8. Oh wow, I'd seen this place all over the Internet, I'm so jealous you got to go! Amazing pictures, glad the food was actually quite good (sometimes for a themed place the quality can be bad!) although for the price I'd hope it would be good!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

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  9. The food looks awesome - I'd definitely visit just for the Instagrammable nature of it if it wasn't a 12 hour flight away! x

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  10. It tasted okay actually! The skin was a little tougher than necessary but I guess that was so it'd hold the decorations. (:

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  11. SO expensive but worth it for Sanrio fangirls eh? I can only imagine what our table would've looked like if we went. Maybe we should add it to the list for November! ;) I think you'd love it!!

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  12. *heart eyed emojis*


    It literally was too cute to eat - it was almost stone cold by the time we got round to picking up our chopsticks.

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  13. Worth it for the cute points!

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  14. Ria you totally nailed it! 'Foodie hallucination.' That's what it was.

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  15. Yey! You'll have to drop me an email and let me know when you're around - maybe we could meet up for dessert or something?

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  16. SO ridiculously cute! The 5 y/o Mish in me was overjoyed ;)

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  17. Apparently it opens in June but I'm certain I went in April without any form of press pass haha. So confusing. It was definitely worth the queue, super cute and the food wasn't bad at all (:

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  18. Hop on over and we can go Lily! (PS. I still have a present for you lurking in my apartment.)

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