We were recently invited to head to Mr Lau’s Dim Sum Bar & Restaurant in Warrington, together with a group of bloggers to do a food review of their dim sums as well as ala carte menu being served in their restaurant. Owned and runned by Pam (the same owner as Emilys in Warrington), this restaurant is a gem for Chinese Food Lovers. As foodies and growing up in Asia, we are very familiar with Chinese food and this was our staple diet for years as we grew up. For those who follow our blog, we also shared our review of Emilys a couple of weeks ago, here;s the link again if you would like to read about the Blogger’s Event again here. Let’s start the post by sharing our youtube video which we recorded of our experience at Mr Lau’s. This includes sneak peak video of Mr Lau frying their famous lobster noddles, the location, lots of photo of the food and even a snipped of how the duck meat was shredded. Do enjoy reading this blog post and our food review.
We headed to the Dim Sum bar just after lunch time and the restaurant looked lovely especially the ambiance which was so inviting. Located just 5 minutes walk from the Warrington Bank Quay train station, the restaurant can be easily spotted and stands out with its black and white exterior. Soon as we entered in, we headed upstairs and sat down at our table.
We ordered a pot of Jasmine Chinese Tea for our drink which cost £1.95 (for 2), but they also served a variety of after dinner cocktails if you wanted to try that. Which is great if you are in the mood for some drinks.
While waiting for our menu, we snacked on some Vietnamese Prawn Crackers (priced at £2.45) as well as some Thai Chilli Shrimp Crackers (priced at £2.95). We will totally recommend the chilli crackers as it tasted so delish and moreish and we could not believe that we finished all of the crackers even before we ordered our dishes.
The restaurant is beautifully lit up, with lots of red chinese lanterns hanging on the wall. The signature black colour is still prevalent in the restaurant and seen in various designs. The walls are adorned with news clippings of the restaurant which has been featured in magazines. Here is a photo of the bar which is separated from the main restaurant with some black curtains.
It was an open kitchen concept at Mr Lau’s so it was lovely to see the chefs busy at work either preparing various dishes or hand making their dumplings and dim sums. If you are curious, feel free to walk up and ask them some questions and they are more than happy to chat with you and explain things to you. You can see a short clip of the chef’s making the dim sum in our video.
As you can see in the photo below, their menu is super big, with lots and lots of choices, we were slightly lost and were wondering what to order for our meal.
Eventually we decided and started off with the char siu pau (which is our favourite), priced at £4.95. The texture of the bun was soft and lovely and the sweet pork filling tasted very authentic. It brought back many good memories of our childhood growing up in Malaysia. This was often what we had for our breakfast.
We love sharing platters hence we ordered the steamed dim sum sharing platter for two which had all our favourite steamed items such as sui mai, har gau, duck and hoisin gau, beef sui mai with ‘lao gan ma’ chilli oil. The chilli oil was hands down one of the best dipping sauce we have tried, and the steamed dim sum all tasted fresh and well made. We would happily have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner any day. This would set you back by £15.95 but money totally well spent.
If you preferred the Crispy Dim Sum Platter for Two (as seen in the photo below), the platter consists of sesame prawns á la toast (made fresh daily), chicken spring rolls, crispy
prawn wontons, curry samosas, coconut milk balls, crispy seaweed. This would set you back by £24.95. If you are heading as a group of 4 then we would recommend ordering both the steamed as well as the fried dim sum. The crispy seaweed was totally our favourite as well as the curry samosas. The prawn toast was delish and you could taste the freshness of the prawns. All the items were hot and the skin still crispy.
Next we ordered the Gambler’s Duck, this is one dish which we have tried in almost every restaurant as our kids love to eat duck. The quarter portion of the crispy aromatic duck was brought to our table and shredded in front of us. This was served with pancakes, hoi sin sauce, shredded scallions as well as julienne cucumber. The duck was tasty but unfortunately not as crispy and crunchy as we are used to. This dish is priced at £12.95 (per quarter).
For our mains we ordered the Lobster Noodles. The lobster is sauteéd with ginger and spring onion sauce and served on a bed of noodles. The lobster is fried separately then the noodles was stir fried by a sous chef while Mr Lau (the head chef) prepares the noodle sauce. Once the sauce is done, he adds in the lobster and finally pours this on the noodles. Do view the video above to see how this noodle is fried. This dish will set you back at a hefty price of £34.95. Although expensive, it is a lovely dish to try if you love lobster. The meat was really fresh and the ingredients were well complimenting each other, we just found the dish to be slightly under seasoned but otherwise it was very lush and impressive. We must also add that the staff at Mr Lau’s were super courteous and the service was quick with not much waiting involved.
Finally for dessert, we were served these cute sweet pau with custard as its filling when we finished our meals. We know for certain, our kids would love this. Thank you to the team at Mr Lau’s for inviting us over and making sure we enjoyed ourselves. We had such a fabulous experience and we would gladly head to the restaurant again any day for its amazing array of dim sum which are all freshly prepared everyday.
What are the opening hours for Mr Lau’s?
Monday to Thursday & Sunday – 12pm until 12am
Friday & Saturday – 12pm until 1am
Where is Mr Lau’s?
2 Springfield St
About Mr Lau’s
Mr Lau came from a small village in Shandong Province, Northern China where some relatives still reside to this day. Emigrating to Hong Kong at a young age he trained as a Pastry Chef specialising in handmade noodles and dumplings. His skills and the want of a better life for his family brought him to England where he worked in one of London’s top Michelin Star restaurants for his friend Mr Kai, Kai Mayfair before eventually moving up north to Manchester with his family to open his own restaurant ‘Summer Palace’ in Sale with his sons Danny, Phillip and Tony Lau (our Head Chef) which subsequently served the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and the Manchester United players, Sebastian Coe, the cast of Coronation Street to name but a few on a regular basis.
Mr. Lau had demonstrated his celebrity status on Granada Television with Tony and even cooked for the Royal Family, namely Princess Diana and Prince Charles when they came to open the Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre Liverpool in 1965. Now his legacy continues.
* We were provided with free meals in return for a review. All opinions are our own.