When meeting new people, I'm often asked how I ended up in Hong Kong. I've answered this question so many times now that my response has become robotic as I rattle off something about a love of travel and increased career opportunities. These are both true but my interest in Asia really began with Hello Kitty.
I'm not quite sure when or how I first discovered this adorable, felinesque character (in case you missed this article she's a British girl named Kitty, not an actual cat), but it became an immediate obsession, I just couldn't get enough of her! Over the years, I collected a rather large collection of Hello Kitty memorabilia, including everything from lunchboxes and school supplies to Karaoke machines, toasters, and even Champagne glasses! For years, I insisted my bridesmaids would be wearing Hello Kitty dresses at my wedding, thankfully I grew out of that phase before I got married, much to their (and my husband's) relief.
I may have outgrown her, but old habits die hard. So when I heard a Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant had opened in Hong Kong, I couldn't resist checking it out.
In honor of the occasion, I threw on my Tarina Tarantino Pink Head Hello Kitty necklace and met up with three of my closest friends who were nice enough to indulge me on this adventure.
The restaurant doesn't take reservations so the wait to get in was around one hour. Juliana and I got lost on the way there so Courtney and Megan put our names in and we were able to walk in almost as soon as we arrived. Sorry guys! :) Once in, the staff was quick and efficient.
Menus are available in both Chinese and English. The food served here is traditional Cantonese made from mostly organic ingredients, for example the dye used to create her whiskers is made of organic beetroot.
Everything in the restaurant had Hello Kitty's face on it, from the china to the furniture. They were even selling Hello Kitty wine!
The dishes were reasonably priced and the cutenesss was off the charts. Unfortunately, the food didn't taste nearly as good as it looked. In fact, it was absolutely horrible. Quite possibly the worst meal I've ever tasted and that's saying a lot after 5 years in China! All of us are quite adventurous when it comes to food but there wasn't a single dish that any of us took more than one bite of as everything was oily and bland. The pictures alone were worth a visit but I don't think any of us will be returning anytime soon, sorry Kitty!