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Plaza Singapura, #01-29A/#01-52 68 Orchard Road Singapore Singapore 238839
 
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Tim Ho Wan, the Michelin one star dim sum restaurant, has finally arrived in Singapore. Its dim sum have won the plaudits of food critics and the hearts of epicureans around the world. The Big 4 Heavenly Kings available on the local menu are, the Baked BBQ Pork Buns, the Steamed Egg Cake, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver and Pan Fried Carrot Cake. 

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10am to 10pm
Dress Code:
Casual
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  • < $10
  • $10-$20
  • $20-30
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4.0  (13)
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3.0  (13)
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3.5  (13)
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3.5  (12)
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3.7  (17)
I'm starting to get sympathetic towards restaurants with a lot of hype. It's perhaps because of the hype that people tend to be disappointed with the food. Minus my 20 min queue outside Tim Ho Wan, I'd be quite happy with my experience. Minus also, the fact that it's one Michelin starred and It would have been a great dinner.

The dim sum was above average and definitely one of the better ones around. That said, I can't pick out anything that will make me crave to return anytime soon. Their famous pork buns were definitely a highlight, with unctuous, sweet char siew in a crispy pilllowy bun. I also enjoyed the carrot cake with its crispy surface and melty texture. I think the hallmark of a good dim sum place is how they execute their classics. Their har gow was exceptionally juicy with a glutinous skin that was neither thick nor chewy. I usually don't eat har gow skin because it's tasteless and starchy but I ate the whole dumpling. I also liked that the siew mai was juicy and robustly flavoured.

Disappointments include the braised chicken feet and the cordyceps dumplings. Not memorable and not pleasant.

In all, a decent place for dim sum but you'll pay close to $20 for a filling meal. And don't bother if you hate queues.
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60%
Miranda Yeo Reviewed by Miranda Yeo on July 17, 2014
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"Decent dim sum, could do without the hype "

I'm starting to get sympathetic towards restaurants with a lot of hype. It's perhaps because of the hype that people tend to be disappointed with the food. Minus my 20 min queue outside Tim Ho Wan, I'd be quite happy with my experience. Minus also, the fact that it's one Michelin starred and It would have been a great dinner.

The dim sum was above average and definitely one of the better ones around. That said, I can't pick out anything that will make me crave to return anytime soon. Their famous pork buns were definitely a highlight, with unctuous, sweet char siew in a crispy pilllowy bun. I also enjoyed the carrot cake with its crispy surface and melty texture. I think the hallmark of a good dim sum place is how they execute their classics. Their har gow was exceptionally juicy with a glutinous skin that was neither thick nor chewy. I usually don't eat har gow skin because it's tasteless and starchy but I ate the whole dumpling. I also liked that the siew mai was juicy and robustly flavoured.

Disappointments include the braised chicken feet and the cordyceps dumplings. Not memorable and not pleasant.

In all, a decent place for dim sum but you'll pay close to $20 for a filling meal. And don't bother if you hate queues.

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When Tim Ho Wan first opened in Singapore, everyone was so hyped up about it as it was in the middle of the media attention. The super long queue was what made me waited for almost a year before I step into one of their restaurants.

I always thought that my first time with Tim Ho Wan would be at Plaza Singapura (P.S) because of the location and my desires every time I pass by P.S. However, my first and last time eating at Tim Ho Wan was at their Toa Payoh branch.

I was taken aback when I first saw their menu. I flipped it and looked all around me, thinking that I might have missing pages or something. But no, their selection was very limited and thus was easily displayed into a single page menu. My friend and I then proceeded to order their famous Baked Bun with BBQ pork and some other accompanying dim sums. Perhaps due to my high expectations, none of the dishes could satisfy me.

They were definitely up to standard, but not the kind where the taste would linger in your mind.
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70%
awle Reviewed by awle on June 29, 2014
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"Limited Selection"

When Tim Ho Wan first opened in Singapore, everyone was so hyped up about it as it was in the middle of the media attention. The super long queue was what made me waited for almost a year before I step into one of their restaurants.

I always thought that my first time with Tim Ho Wan would be at Plaza Singapura (P.S) because of the location and my desires every time I pass by P.S. However, my first and last time eating at Tim Ho Wan was at their Toa Payoh branch.

I was taken aback when I first saw their menu. I flipped it and looked all around me, thinking that I might have missing pages or something. But no, their selection was very limited and thus was easily displayed into a single page menu. My friend and I then proceeded to order their famous Baked Bun with BBQ pork and some other accompanying dim sums. Perhaps due to my high expectations, none of the dishes could satisfy me.

They were definitely up to standard, but not the kind where the taste would linger in your mind.

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I'm not sure what all the hype about it is, but I've only eaten there once and I found the food rather normal.

Ordered Spring Roll with Egg White, Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce, Prawn Dumplings, char siew buns, their signature dessert, and a few others but didn't find it exceptional at all. It's not a bad place with good ambience, but I didn't find it fantastic. The service is good and staff are rather friendly.
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80%
dylanly Reviewed by dylanly on June 22, 2014
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"Quite Normal"

I'm not sure what all the hype about it is, but I've only eaten there once and I found the food rather normal.

Ordered Spring Roll with Egg White, Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce, Prawn Dumplings, char siew buns, their signature dessert, and a few others but didn't find it exceptional at all. It's not a bad place with good ambience, but I didn't find it fantastic. The service is good and staff are rather friendly.

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Many people often get put off by long and winding queues, but not Singaporeans. Especially when it comes to food. And in comes Tim Ho Wan, one of the more popular eateries in Singapore which commands insanely long queues at any time of the day, any day of the week.

And it's worth it. I'm not even kidding. The price you pay for the quality of the dimsum is so worth it. Granted, it might not be comparable to its HK counterparts, but it's still good enough. The Baked BBQ Pork Bun is the best thing ever. The bun is covered with a layer of sweet and crispy skin, while the inside is filled with a generous portion of savoury pork. It's the epitome of perfection. Each serving comes with three buns, and we can easily finish one serving each. Other dishes worth mentioning are the prawn chee cheong fun and steamed egg cake.

This is a place where you get to enjoy authentic and decent dimsum. Following the opening of several other outlets, the queues seem to be getting shorter by the day, which is good, but I do hope that the quality of food will not drop. Until then, I predict myself frequenting Tim Ho Wan for a good dimsum fix.
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80%
Lee Si Min Reviewed by Google Plus Image Lee Si Min on May 15, 2014
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"Dim Sum Paradise"

Many people often get put off by long and winding queues, but not Singaporeans. Especially when it comes to food. And in comes Tim Ho Wan, one of the more popular eateries in Singapore which commands insanely long queues at any time of the day, any day of the week.

And it's worth it. I'm not even kidding. The price you pay for the quality of the dimsum is so worth it. Granted, it might not be comparable to its HK counterparts, but it's still good enough. The Baked BBQ Pork Bun is the best thing ever. The bun is covered with a layer of sweet and crispy skin, while the inside is filled with a generous portion of savoury pork. It's the epitome of perfection. Each serving comes with three buns, and we can easily finish one serving each. Other dishes worth mentioning are the prawn chee cheong fun and steamed egg cake.

This is a place where you get to enjoy authentic and decent dimsum. Following the opening of several other outlets, the queues seem to be getting shorter by the day, which is good, but I do hope that the quality of food will not drop. Until then, I predict myself frequenting Tim Ho Wan for a good dimsum fix.

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Words like “overrated”, “not worth a visit” roll off the tongues of Tim Ho Wan’s naysayers. Sure, you can cavil at its operations —long waiting time; service standards which at times can be sublime for a casual eatery— but one thing you cannot deny: most of its dim sum dishes are laudable. Three other outlets have sprung up in just one year following the launch of the flagship at Plaza Singapura in April 2013. What was believed to be initial hype surrounding the then nascent outlet has yet to peter out. Snaking queues are still a common sight on a weekday morning and the establishment experiences an endless flurry of activity from day to night.

Surely the establishment is getting its dim sum right. The following dishes make me a willing repeat customer.

The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50) is simply sui generis. The exterior is a sweet, crumbly dome. Pry into it and wisps of steam will billow —a positive sign. How hot a dim sum dish is when it is served is a litmus test: cold dim sum will never measure up. What then ensues is the outflow of luxurious pork filling. Sweet but not cloying, the meat is diced into petite cubes.

I have been to Tim Ho Wan several times now and it is just so fun watching my friends take their first bites of the mother of all buns. A glint enters their eyes and excitement sweeps their faces… that is usually followed by coos and nods of approval. For all dim sum aficionados, this is the one dish you have to savour.
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90%
dfantasy Reviewed by dfantasy on April 27, 2014
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Words like “overrated”, “not worth a visit” roll off the tongues of Tim Ho Wan’s naysayers. Sure, you can cavil at its operations —long waiting time; service standards which at times can be sublime for a casual eatery— but one thing you cannot deny: most of its dim sum dishes are laudable. Three other outlets have sprung up in just one year following the launch of the flagship at Plaza Singapura in April 2013. What was believed to be initial hype surrounding the then nascent outlet has yet to peter out. Snaking queues are still a common sight on a weekday morning and the establishment experiences an endless flurry of activity from day to night.

Surely the establishment is getting its dim sum right. The following dishes make me a willing repeat customer.

The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50) is simply sui generis. The exterior is a sweet, crumbly dome. Pry into it and wisps of steam will billow —a positive sign. How hot a dim sum dish is when it is served is a litmus test: cold dim sum will never measure up. What then ensues is the outflow of luxurious pork filling. Sweet but not cloying, the meat is diced into petite cubes.

I have been to Tim Ho Wan several times now and it is just so fun watching my friends take their first bites of the mother of all buns. A glint enters their eyes and excitement sweeps their faces… that is usually followed by coos and nods of approval. For all dim sum aficionados, this is the one dish you have to savour.

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Average Spent Per Person:
30
Branch Location:
Plaza Singapura
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If you happen by a Tim Ho Wan outlet that doesn't have a quene at all, what are you waiting for? It time to make your way in quick! This was how I reacted whenever I was walking around looking for a place to have a meal in and saw the place relatively empty. Unable to believe my luck, I made a quick entrance in.

I'd recommend especially their BBQ pork buns when it comes to food. Of my virgin experience at Tim Ho Wan, I remembered agreeing with my friend to order every single dish that the restaurant has to offer. With the exception of the BBQ pork buns, which we ordered 2,3 plates, we ordered 1 of each item. If you wonder why we're into the pork buns, its simply because its really delicious! With its crispy, crumbly and sweet exterior with succulent fragrant pork meat in its interior, it was heavenly to simply sink your teeth into the bun. Other notable dishes I'd recommend would be the siew mai and the shrimp rolls.

The service too, was to my satisfaction. It was extremely commendable the way the staff at the Bedok outlet processed my order, as if they meet customers everyday who order all their dishes. Unfazed, they came up bearing the dishes with a smile and even had ingenious ways of creating space when the table is simply too cluttered with plates.

Overall, despite chalking up a large bill (over $100), my friend and I decided that it was really worth the experience and it would be a terrific idea to try it once again.
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100%
Jian Qiang Reviewed by Google Plus Image Jian Qiang on March 14, 2014
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"Wonderful"

If you happen by a Tim Ho Wan outlet that doesn't have a quene at all, what are you waiting for? It time to make your way in quick! This was how I reacted whenever I was walking around looking for a place to have a meal in and saw the place relatively empty. Unable to believe my luck, I made a quick entrance in.

I'd recommend especially their BBQ pork buns when it comes to food. Of my virgin experience at Tim Ho Wan, I remembered agreeing with my friend to order every single dish that the restaurant has to offer. With the exception of the BBQ pork buns, which we ordered 2,3 plates, we ordered 1 of each item. If you wonder why we're into the pork buns, its simply because its really delicious! With its crispy, crumbly and sweet exterior with succulent fragrant pork meat in its interior, it was heavenly to simply sink your teeth into the bun. Other notable dishes I'd recommend would be the siew mai and the shrimp rolls.

The service too, was to my satisfaction. It was extremely commendable the way the staff at the Bedok outlet processed my order, as if they meet customers everyday who order all their dishes. Unfazed, they came up bearing the dishes with a smile and even had ingenious ways of creating space when the table is simply too cluttered with plates.

Overall, despite chalking up a large bill (over $100), my friend and I decided that it was really worth the experience and it would be a terrific idea to try it once again.

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I'm a huge Dim Sum fan so obviously I love Tim Ho Wan. I think it really lives up to its expectations and I totally understand the long queues.

The first time I went I thought the BBQ pork buns were the most divine things in the world and I devoured my fair share. I recently went back though and didn't find it as incredible as I remembered, but altogether I think the food here is still great.

Price wise I think its quite affordable being a Michelin star restaurant so yes, totally love it!
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80%
Hevina Kaur Reviewed by Hevina Kaur on March 14, 2014
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"Lovely!"

I'm a huge Dim Sum fan so obviously I love Tim Ho Wan. I think it really lives up to its expectations and I totally understand the long queues.

The first time I went I thought the BBQ pork buns were the most divine things in the world and I devoured my fair share. I recently went back though and didn't find it as incredible as I remembered, but altogether I think the food here is still great.

Price wise I think its quite affordable being a Michelin star restaurant so yes, totally love it!

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I fell deeply in love with the pork bun! In my opinion, what really makes it nice was actually the extremely crispy bun that carries the pork within it.

Apart from that, majority of the food comes in 3 servings, which was just nice for us as I went with 2 of my friends. Hence, all of us thought we got ourselves really yummy dim-sums at really reasonable and affordable prices.

Another highlight would be the century egg porridge as it tasted equally amazing as well.

I must say that I went at the ideal timing as I only had to wait for 5 minutes before I got myself a table for three. Otherwise, you might need to queue for seats for as long as 30 minutes.


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100%
Neo Wen Hsuen Reviewed by Neo Wen Hsuen on March 13, 2014
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"Dim Sum Paradise"

I fell deeply in love with the pork bun! In my opinion, what really makes it nice was actually the extremely crispy bun that carries the pork within it.

Apart from that, majority of the food comes in 3 servings, which was just nice for us as I went with 2 of my friends. Hence, all of us thought we got ourselves really yummy dim-sums at really reasonable and affordable prices.

Another highlight would be the century egg porridge as it tasted equally amazing as well.

I must say that I went at the ideal timing as I only had to wait for 5 minutes before I got myself a table for three. Otherwise, you might need to queue for seats for as long as 30 minutes.


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When TIm Ho Wan was first introduced to Singapore, many people raved about it and there was a huge commotion too. Long queues are formed outside its first outlet at Dhoby Ghaut and the wait can be up to 3 hours. I, who was very curious about the hype and what makes Tim Ho Wan so desirable, decided to join the crowd one day as well. The wait took me 1.5 hours as the restaurant itself has quite a small seating capacity but the queues just kept getting longer by the minute.

Food did not take long to come. The BBQ Char Siew Buns absolutely exceeded my expectations! The buns had a crunchy crust which were toasted to a perfect gold color and when you bite into the buns, it is as if there was a char siew explosion in your mouth. Sweet, yet tasty chewy char siew seems to melt in your mouth. I can safely declare that it is the best char siew buns that I had. Another dish that is worth the queue is the steamed egg cake, which is light in taste and pretty fluffy. To my disappointment though, the rest of the items on the menu were not as yummy. The chee cheong fun, porridge, har gows were all pretty average, in fact not very worth the price as prices tend to be on the steeper side at Tim Ho Wan.

I heard from quite a number of friends that the authentic Tim Ho Wan at Hong Kong has much more delicious dim sum as compared to the outlets in Singapore. I don't think I would brave the queue for the food here anymore, despite how the Char Siew buns leave me wanting for more. I would only patronise if there are no queues at all in the future.
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60%
strawberryswirls Reviewed by strawberryswirls on February 28, 2014
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"Not worth the queue"

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When TIm Ho Wan was first introduced to Singapore, many people raved about it and there was a huge commotion too. Long queues are formed outside its first outlet at Dhoby Ghaut and the wait can be up to 3 hours. I, who was very curious about the hype and what makes Tim Ho Wan so desirable, decided to join the crowd one day as well. The wait took me 1.5 hours as the restaurant itself has quite a small seating capacity but the queues just kept getting longer by the minute.

Food did not take long to come. The BBQ Char Siew Buns absolutely exceeded my expectations! The buns had a crunchy crust which were toasted to a perfect gold color and when you bite into the buns, it is as if there was a char siew explosion in your mouth. Sweet, yet tasty chewy char siew seems to melt in your mouth. I can safely declare that it is the best char siew buns that I had. Another dish that is worth the queue is the steamed egg cake, which is light in taste and pretty fluffy. To my disappointment though, the rest of the items on the menu were not as yummy. The chee cheong fun, porridge, har gows were all pretty average, in fact not very worth the price as prices tend to be on the steeper side at Tim Ho Wan.

I heard from quite a number of friends that the authentic Tim Ho Wan at Hong Kong has much more delicious dim sum as compared to the outlets in Singapore. I don't think I would brave the queue for the food here anymore, despite how the Char Siew buns leave me wanting for more. I would only patronise if there are no queues at all in the future.

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Tim Ho Wan is highly regarded upon as THE dim sum place for Singaporeans to flock to, due to its status as one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.

Service was fast, and I do applaud the dedicated and friendly staff. Ambience was terrible. It was too noisy for my liking, extremely headache-inducing! The only pro was that I came with a partner, and getting seats for two was much easier than if you came in threes or more. I was ushered in after a mere 10 minutes of queueing.

I personally did not feel that its food selections are to-die-for. There's only around 25 selection of Dim Sum to choose from, and dessert-wise, only 2. Its "4 Big Heavenly Kings" comprising of the famous HK BBQ Bun isn't spectacular, same for the rest of the Dim Sum offered. The only two dishes which I felt was able to fully eliminate my hunger pangs was the Egg Porridge and Rice in Pandan Leaves with Chicken Stuffing (relatively huge portion). If you're looking for good food with a much wider variety to satiate your taste palate, I think Swee Choon is a much better alternative.
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50%
Audrey Kum Reviewed by Audrey Kum on January 06, 2014
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"Terrible Ambience!"

Tim Ho Wan is highly regarded upon as THE dim sum place for Singaporeans to flock to, due to its status as one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.

Service was fast, and I do applaud the dedicated and friendly staff. Ambience was terrible. It was too noisy for my liking, extremely headache-inducing! The only pro was that I came with a partner, and getting seats for two was much easier than if you came in threes or more. I was ushered in after a mere 10 minutes of queueing.

I personally did not feel that its food selections are to-die-for. There's only around 25 selection of Dim Sum to choose from, and dessert-wise, only 2. Its "4 Big Heavenly Kings" comprising of the famous HK BBQ Bun isn't spectacular, same for the rest of the Dim Sum offered. The only two dishes which I felt was able to fully eliminate my hunger pangs was the Egg Porridge and Rice in Pandan Leaves with Chicken Stuffing (relatively huge portion). If you're looking for good food with a much wider variety to satiate your taste palate, I think Swee Choon is a much better alternative.

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