On a fine, sunny day, we trekked over to City Hall Maxim's Palace and was surprised to see a ton of people already inside (it was around 11 a.m.). Luckily, we had just beat the rush and got seated right away.
Menu at Maxim's Palace
Maxim's Palace was like one of those restaurants where you're placed in a large ballroom-type room, and the servers come around the tables with carts of dim sum. We took a quick scan at the menu, and ordered the classics — shrimp and pork shu mai, BBQ pork buns, steamed rice and meat wrapped in lotus leaves, etc.
Here are some of the dishes we ordered:
Lotus leaf wraps, veggie dumplings and shrimp shumai
My favorite out of the bunch: fried and salted squid. This thing was unbelievably fresh, crispy and chewy.
We also went to Crystal Jade inside the IFC Mall, and I insisted that we get an order of the xiao long baos, or soup dumplings. These little pockets of meat, veggies and soup were amazingly delicious, and I didn't burn my tongue for once (trust me, that's quite an accomplishment)!