Happy Garden Inc - 1113 Maunakea Street #101, Chinatown, Honolulu
Early 2009, I was introduced to Dim Sum at Happy Garden. It's a small Dim Sum restaurant located at 1113 Maunakea Street that can seat about 20 people. They also provide take-out service.
One of the main reasons why I have made this my favorite Dim Sum restaurant is because of the small size. This keeps the restaurant rather active and the orders of Dim Sum rotating. They serve Dim Sum all day (7a-9p) unlike other larger restaurants that only serve Dim Sum during the breakfast hours. The prices here are also very affordable for the quality and freshness of the food. Most of the Dim Sum selections are $2.00. All these pictured here totals just over $10! (Mochi Rice in Leaf, Half Moon, Beef with Bean Curd Ball, Chicken Mushroom Bun & Steamed Char Siu Buns)
Due to the size of this restaurant, rather than the traditional carting around of the Dim Sum in the steamers, their steamer sits stationary near the entry of the restaurant. If you aren't familiar with the items and prefer to look at what you select, you can just walk up and point them out. This also makes take-out orders very simple. The servers here are also much friendlier than most Dim Sum restaurant servers around town.
Reasonable parking rates are available just a block down on the right at the Maunakea Municipal Parking Lot. You can also get some fresh produce at the various grocers as you walk up the block.