The Chinese Library
I recently had lunch here with an out-of-towner friend, which was also my third visit to this premise. As always, I had a great time, although the overall food quality seemed to have gone down slightly since its opening last year (I hope they can bounce back soon). They gifted me with a surprise birthday message during the dessert service, which added a nice touch.
Amazing from start to finish!
Nice deco but poor service. Food is average. The famous Peking duck is not as good as expected.
My server Loida give me the best memory I can’t unforgetable. It was amazing expereince in HK. I will be def. back once I visit HK.
The pecking duck comes with almost skin only which is quite disappointing. The rest of the food was very good. The service was nice but they did a mess with the dessert and I didn’t feel they were quite sorry about it. The most annoying think is that when they followed up with a courtesy WhatsApp 2 days later I gave the feedback and it felt to me that they were just interested in a future booking rather than hearing the issue.
A very pleasant dim sum experience on this public holiday Monday. Very nice range of dim sum favourites accompanied by free-flow champagne.
Nice lunch overall, beautiful setting. The food was a little oily but we are tempted to give it another go and order differently. The service could have been a little sharper throughout.
The setting is unusual but stunning, the service was absolutely excellent and the food was the same! I’d highly recommend anyone to go! And have a cheeky cocktail before or after at the Dispensary! Very good!!
Our second time at this restaurant and this time we came with friends; a much better decision as we could sample more of the menu! Once again the service was outstanding with great suggestions by our waiter for a selection of appetisers. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Food quality surely met our expectations , with a remarkable traditional pekin’duck served with not-by-the-book sauces, which added an appreciated twist to this dish. Environment is elegant, comformatble, classy. Need to mention the service (Nina): it's rare to find so much friendly discretion and professional attitude at the same time. A place to try again soon.
We had a lovely evening at the Chinese Library- Nina took great care of us. We celebrated my mother‘s birthday are happy with our choice to spend an evening here!
My guest was surprised that you do not have crispy noodle in your menu.
The staff were unfriendly ( but to be fair efficient) from the start. We chose the tasting menu and the first two courses were good but after that pretty average. When we paid the bill, we paid by pre-loaded currency card and asked for it to be taken in HK dollars ( as if you pay in sterling you would pay for the conversion) On signing the chit we asked if the transaction had been done in HKD and the waiter said yes. When we checked the card two days later we saw that the transaction had been done in US Dollars so not only were we charged for converting the amount into US dollars, we had to pay to convert the US dollars back into sterling. So not very happy - wouldn’t recommend the place
Lovely experience. Was very pleased to have a number of vegetarian options available, though overall the food was somewhat heavy.
Very impressed with the ambiance, the decor and the cuisine. Would most definitely recommend to others and will also be happy to dine again in the near future.
Thank you for the memorable experience and I look forward to dining again soon.
So incredibly disappointed in our lunch experience. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, nicely spaced out with a good ambiance from fellow diners, but the food and service were terrible. Staff were super grumpy, unhelpful, and were rushing to get us out of the restaurant for a private event later that afternoon. We had to send dim sum dishes back not once but THREE times for being cold. No explanation from the kitchen, no apology, nothing from the service staff. The floor managers were incredibly unfriendly and clearly do not enjoy their jobs. Such a shame as the location is fabulous. Would not recommend this as a dining experience, there are so many better options in the area.
Food and ambiance were excellent but my waiter needs big improvement in attitude and service
A great modern restaurant in a lovely heritage building. Fantastic decor and lovely food. A really enjoyable night out.
The food was excellent & the service was even better. Nina does a fantastic job. Check out the Library, you won’t be disappointed.
Great ambience, excellent food but menu choice very limited for lunch.
perfect experience. will absolutely come back for another meal my next visit to hk.
My wife and I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary! The atmosphere was great, the food was excellent, and the service is just wonderful, we had a good time there! Definitely a re visit in the future
Food and service level is not up to my expectation, but ambiance is great. Good place for a special night out.
We came here to celebrate my friend’s birthday. The staff were very attentive and food was great! Will definitely come back again in the future!
Great venue to entertain
Food is always interesting and. Delicious
Service friendly helpful and never intrusive
The food is amazing, the ambiance is fantastic, the staff are first rate and the setting can't be beaten! Located in the old Police HQ, The Chinese Library serves exquisite food. The Dim Sum appetizers were superb; particularly the mushroom one! The braised BBQ pork was sweet and succulent. The hand pulled chicken with green chillies had just the right amount of spice and warmth and Hunan style cod was amazing! The space has a relaxed yet sophisticated feel and provides the perfect balance of intimacy and energy. This place rocks! Go! You won't be disappointed.
I usually love dining at Chinese Library but save for a few outstanding wait staffs, I find that the rest are not very attentive and you’ll be waving and waving to get their attention but even when they’re not busy and walking in your direction, they don’t see you. You have to call out to them to get their attention. Disappointing
Maybe one time.
For good Interior but no need visit again
A western twist on Chinese food. Environment and service are excellent. Food could be better at this price
Very good old world restaurant. Great food and service in opulent yet relaxed surroundings.
Really enjoyed not having people listening to my conversation, noise level kept to a minimum and good food
A very enjoyable dinner. Everything is perfect with no point to criticize.
Great Decor, spacious tables, neat domain dishes with a unique twist. Highly recommended for special occasions or just a casual Sunday brunch. Fantastic services led the great food and ambiance even more enjoyable. Nina was particularly a wonderful delight which topped off our experience!
Had lunch and dinner there on separate occasions. Dinner was better but lunch was really bad. Horrible service. While the junior waitresses were friendly, they weren’t helpful and had to check with their seniors on many of the orders and requests. The head waiters were not helpful, not friendly, and had major attitude. Overall a very bad dining experience. The back rooms had paper and boxes piled up messily on the floor. It did not live up to the expectations for a place that charge the price that it does.
Good food and good cooking. Nice place with space.
Great atmosphere, perfect to take out out of town visitors/family. Also good for client dinner. The BBQ pork was the best dish.
It is with big gratitude that I commend to staff at CL who provided excellent service, care and attention at every step from the booking (increasing headcount), to planning the menu and a very special complimented champagne courtesy of my favourite wait staff Lena, for our group birthday dinner celebration.
Tracy and Gloria at front desk were very helpful and pleasant with all my inbound calls and multiple changes to the menu. Thank you both so much for being so patient with me. Raymond was very helpful in walking me through the group menu pre-order planning. Monica was on hand the evening of to help manage (and fix!) an otherwise stressful birthday cake collapse which was the fault of the bakery. To know that they have a pastry chef on hand was such a huge relief!!
Lena was amazing as always and the group greatly appreciated her warmth, gentle humour and lovely smile while carefully attending to us all evening. I loved how she checked with me at every stage in coursing the dinner as well as timing the champagne and birthday cake. Thank you so much Lena.
Other than the excellent and delicious food, the service at CL is without peer! No doubt my favourite restaurant in HK. Thank you everyone and see you again soon.
The restaurant is tucked away and if you are not familiar with Hong Kong, it can be difficult to find. The restaurant is quite stunning with beautiful decor, and the waiting staff were amazing. It would be best to visit with a group of people as there are so many dishes on the menu that we wanted to try, but with two people it was too difficult to have a wide selection. There is a very good selection of wines and Alex, their sommelier, was extremely knowledgeable and recommended a fantastic wine for us to try.
We will definitely be back but with friends!
Decent food, good service, poor tea (too light and lukewarm)
Delicious ! Really good atmosphere with good service. Large tables available, so it’s also an ideal place for group gathering
In every way this exceeded our expectations. A late decision to celebrate a significant birthday with my wife meant that we were unsure of what to expect. From the moment we entered the restaurant to leaving we were treated to not just a great dinner, but a great experience. The service from Nina, coupled with extremely high quality food, made this memorable. I wish to go back when I visit Hong Kong next time. Thank you.