great dumplings at low prices
Michelin-starred Hong Kong dim sum restaurant steams into Houston area for first Texas location
Katy's diverse restaurant options have made it Houston's most-interesting dining suburb. Whether its soup dumplings at Tiger Noodle House, roti at Phat Eatery, or omakase at Tobiuo Sushi, the range of high-quality choices from multiple Asian countries offers plenty to lure even hard core inner loopers.
Now, a dim sum restaurant with a Michelin-starred pedigree has selected the city for its first Texas location. Hong Kong-based restaurant Tim Ho Wan will open in the Katy Grand development, NewQuest Properties announced. The restaurant will join Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya, Kura Revolving Sushi, Taiwanese restaurant 85°C Bakery & Café, and Japanese-inspired (via California) dessert shop SomiSomi Soft Serve & Takiyaki in the shopping center. (NewQuest's announcement confirms a rumor first reported by Eater Houston.)
Known for its mastery of dim sum specialties such as har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings) and shumai (pork and shrimp dumplings), Tim Ho Wan operates almost 50 restaurants across Asia. When it expanded to New York in 2016, diners waited hours in line just to sign up for the waiting list to secure a table. Since then, the restaurant has opened a second location in New York and another in Irvine, California. In addition to the Katy location, it will add an outpost in Las Vegas later this year.
Unlike Yauatcha, the Galleria dim sum restaurant with a Michelin-starred sibling in London that has a fine-dining atmosphere and prices to match, Tim Ho Wan is one of the most affordable restaurants in the world to receive a Michelin star. In New York, almost all of the dishes cost less than $6 each.
While the prices won't be upscale, the restaurant will have some luxury touches. While diners are waiting to feast on barbecue pork buns and steamed rice rolls, they can contemplate a Zen garden that will be a major component of the restaurant's interior.