Friday, February 14, 2020

Bangkok: Lhong Tau Dim Sum Cafe

Bangkok is hardly the best place to go for authentic dim sum, but Lhong Tau cafe in Yaowarat is a good place to visit for those Instagrammable travel moments. Climbing the steps to my booth seats was one of the most exciting dining moments on this trip. =P

Thankfully, when we reached in the mid afternoon, there was not much of a queue. We only had to wait about 10mins for an upper deck booth seat to be available. Totally worth the wait because I wouldn't want to take a normal lower booth seat when I come to this cafe, would I? Take the waiting time to browse through their menu and we decided to go for their dim sum set since it's our first visit, and would like to try a little of everything. Pretty affordable for two pax, I say.

First look at the interior - Cheena - European fusion feels. As you can see, the cafe has upper and lower booth seats, as well as the normal round tables. The cheap thrill is of course climbing up to the upper booth seats and seeing how the servers effortlessly climb up and down with trays of food & drinks in hand.

There are different drawings on the walls and our booth comes with rabbits. A little whimsical and totally irrelevant to dim sum, if I might add.

Chose this tea because of the colour, obviously. Butterfly pea flower tea served in modern tea pot mixed with traditional chinese tea cups and tray. Fusion at its best! 

The dim sum set came in an impressive gigantic bamboo steamer basket - 100 points for presentation!

I wouldn't say these are the best dim sum I've tasted, but they are decent, and there is a fine artisan feel about the whole setup. Every dish of dim sum seems to be carefully handmade, so it made me feel like the 299 baht was totally worth it.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Bangkok Yaowarat area for the novelty factor. Otherwise, if you are in Pratunum area, you will be happy to know that there is another Lhong Tau outlet inside the newly opened Market shopping mall. The interior looks pretty similar, but when you look out, you'll see a modern shopping mall rather than the old streets of Yaowarat, which is what makes this particular outlet more interesting.

Lhong Tau Dim Sum Cafe
Address: 538 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong
Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand