Sunday, January 27, 2008

Li Jin @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Fusion, has always appeared in many western cuisines and exotic asian cusines but call me a "country man" but this is exactly the first time that i seen a Chinese Fusion restaurant; Li Jin.

Standing out is the big entrance when you rise up from the elevator to the 6th floor and with the help of a "huge" Estuary garoupa in the front fish tank, you are tempted to go in even with Thai, Indian, Vietnamese cuisine all around the curve.

With a big banner saying Peking Duck for a promotional price of RM28.80++, the deal was sealed as we trooped in.

Expecting stir fry ginger T bone and steam fish fillet served with french fries, we were handed a menu full of items that appeared very "chinese". Well so much for expecting some weird individual dishes and welcome the sharing plates of meats and vegetables that we would go through during any normal chinese dinner.

I was slightly annoyed by the fact that the waitress was really promoting their special garoupas going for at least RM20 plus per 100gm which would tear my wallet and through my pants, i felt that my hint was too subtle for her, and we finally decided on a Sea Garoupa for RM10.00 per 100gm with a 10% discount on seafood at that time.

The meat was firm and the 1kg plus fish did not fail us although it took past the 1 hour mark to deliver it to our table. Our facial expression warranted the captain to chase the kitchen multiple times, which was at least a way to redeem herself.

The duck arrived at our mercy.

The roasted juicy skin with hoi sin sauce, cucumbers wrapped with light egg pancakes was the first dish to be served. A delight as our chop sticks attacked it, one by one.

What was to be done with the rest of the duck? I was slightly annoyed to be informed that it would cost RM10++ if you wanted the meat to be cooked in some simple styles and RM15++ for a XO sauce stir fry duck. So it was, splashing another RM15 for XO sauce duck. This is the first time, that the duck was not shredded but cut into chunks of meat with bones before it went into the wok. Disappointed as i wanted the easy access of meat and not bones, and the meat was getting on the tough side when it was cooked another round.

The Duo Combination Roast Meat Platter, was a delight. The distinct layers of the roast pork and the BBQ roast ribs were a joy to behold. The only fusion item appeared; english mustard and sugar, a rare but efficient compliment to the roast pork.

The Pei Pa Tau Foo was colourful and pretty to the camera, but the fishy smell that one could detect from the blended tau foo paste was slightly disappointing. As one of their supposedly star dishes, i expected better not from the looks but from the tastes.

The Claypot Egg Plant has always been one of my favourite dishes to eat with white rice. This simple dish with minced meat, bean paste with some specks of chilli was well done.

The Kai Lan done in two styles has been mushrooming into many Chinese restaurants and Li Jin has also came up with their own version with some fried cuttlefish slices.

Displaying a long list of tau foo fah, we tried it with lychee on the top. Not exactly very smooth but enjoyable as a dessert to the meal.

Address and contact details:

Lot 6.39, 6th floor,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21482313/03-21419366

Ratings: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, This Chinese restaurant meal didnt come cheap costing RM300++ for 8 people. The dishes didnt exactly come very fast and the fish took way too long to come out. If the kitchen worked abit harder and faster, i wouldnt mind coming back again despite the hotel prices. Service wise, the hiccup with the bill was also an unfortunate incident that was swiftly settled after we noted the errors. Definitely a worthy restaurant for the classy Pavilion.

[Closed, replaced with Grand Palace]


ai wei said...

LiJin used be in Selayang but with a different name. and now shifted to pavilion d. wish i could try it someday but not cheap to dine in here.

ling239 said...

Pity the Pei Pa Tau Foo only good to see... i would have tot that is delicious by the pic ~ XD

Jun said...

i nvr fancied chinese fine dining. prefer those "dai chow" places. but i need to find a chinese restaurant for my reunion dinner in spore. any suggestions?

tekko said...

hmm... thought want to have my company new year lunch there, now a bit hesitate after read your review :-)

wmw said...

If I do go, I'll definitely try the Peking Duck and the Roast Meat Platter!

Hazza said...

They all looked wonderfully tasty. I would have liked to have seen a close up of the duck though looked a bit on te small side from the pic, but then the waiter could have been 7 foot tall :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ai wei: isit? wow thats a huge jump in status then..

ling239: exactly lor..but it was an ok dish..

jun: are you teasing me ar bcoz i m in kl!!!

tekko: well still worth a try..

wmw: yeap!..

hazza: it was pretty meaty evident from the huge plate of leftovers stir fry duck..

team bsg said...

you can be sure their fusion means different RM ! but some can be quite good if fused right !
these things look chinese

Imbi & Itchy said...

I was scrolling, and scrolling for the fusion part of the meal lol. All looks good, but I reckon they need to improve a fair bit as they are still new ?

Mama BoK said...

I love peking duck too.. but i wanna do my own wrapping. I guess it's a real bummer.. that one has to pay more for getting the meat from the duck .. for another dish. Oh well.. a mere 10 bucks is ok.. i guess.. ;)
As much as i love to eat fish.. restaurants just love to slaughter their customers for that. i was hoping that the tofu would be good.. coz' i love tofu too.. :)

Christy said...

Hmmm...seems like they are extorting and leading their customers to make THEIR choices instead of what customers want.
If I were you, I wouldn't order the garoupa:p (Although I really loved garoupa fish)
Restaurants always cut our throats when it comes to fish:(

And I understand how it felt to be drained of $$ for every little thing you want there!
The Pei pa tofu looks unique too; it must be nice:)
The lychee looks weird; why is it so brownish in color?

Nic (KHKL) said...

i failed to see the fusion part of it...most are contemporary chinese dishes...but i think the best part are your pics lar, dude...i regret now lar for not choosing "delighting you always"...haha!

Precious Pea said...

Good deal for the Peking duck! Yah, i hates it when they charge extra to cook the remains of the duck. Actually, can we just tarbau the frame home? Can cook porridge..hehe. The Pei Pa Tau Foo looks soooo pretty!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

team bsg: haha fused with rupees i want!

i&i: teething problems i hope..can see potential in the food..but definitely not very fusion

mamabok: haha that garoupa was the cheapest in the tank..

christy: well complimenting me lor..means i got that rich man look haha..

nic: the lens..the lens..get the lens..

pp: i saw some just eat as it is..maybe no extra charge kua..

Bernsy said...

what lens are you using ? I am starting the process of poisoning myself with your gadgets before I start to purchase them....

I know which one lemongrass is using...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bernsy: same equipment with and lens..i just got an extra battery grip tats all..

tigerfish said...

What is Chinese fusion? I thought it looked quite typical...except for the plating, maybe?

daphne said...

beautiful photos! Not too sure about the bbq pork-looks really dry.
The peking duck certainly looks amazing.

Big Boys Oven said...

this is so cool! I like the way you decribe this post, funny and witty! keep on coming dude!

Tummythoz said...

Dinnered at Pavilion last Fri. Restaurants were quiet & empty except for Kampachi .. so we did Kampachi. =P
Saw the big fat garoupa in the tank. Looked sad and bored.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: i got no idea also..was expecting something funky as well

daphne: there were me haha

bbo: definitely will!

tummythoz: its naturally tempting to eat japanese..but oh well i shall try out others when i can too..

JOjo said...

Nice pic!It's making me drool. *faintz*
I like the Kailan though it's a common dish in all chinese restaurant. Maybe simple food=simple me?haha!
The rest looks equally amazing too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jojo: haha dont faint! dont faint..let me feed you with more food pics!

Anonymous said...

I had a bad experience dining @ LiJin Pavilion.

Faxed a confirmed booking for a group of friends. Ended up having to pay double because they conveniently forgot to add "per table" to the quote. I paid the RM4k bill for 2 tables and filed to the consumers' tribunal but judge ruled in favour of them.

The irony is that although they have admitted their mistake to me but they lied in court, saying that I rubbed off the "per table".

Swore never to go back there and warn others of things they are capable of.

Anonymous said...

Comment to Joe's post:-
Joe,you have nice photo-taking skill and nice food introducing there =) The To Fu Fa with lychee is kinda special, how was it?

Hmm, I have dine-in there a few times. So far, I am pretty satisfied with both their food and services, not to mention, their price too, its very reasonable or may i say its very worthy. =)

I highly suggest a few dishes below which are my favorite dishes there so far:-
-Peking Duck(5/5 ratings)
-Buttered Alaska Crab (5/5 ratings)
-BBQ Platters (5/5 ratings)
-Steamed Garoupa (5/5 ratings)
-Dim Sum (5/5 ratings)

My ratings are based on price and taste of those dishes =)

Comment to Anonymous(the angry comment writer who lost a court case):-
Listening to your case, i have no comment bout it, but may u list what you've ordered there? Is the price worth to pay for what you've ordered?

As I can see, running such a big restaurant at such a grand place, I am quite confident that no businessman will commit such act to ruin their business's fame, especially after such big investment. Positive thinking, will you do such thing if you have such a big business?

You do not have to answer anything here, just ask your heart and answer yourself.

No offense, just my 2 cents =)

Julian Si said...

Hmmm, why did ANONYMOUS leave such similar comments in my blog as he did in yours?

Joe, I do think that this unsatisfied diner should simply SPEAK to the management at LiJin in person , or ring them at 03 2148 2313 !

Anonymous said...

Hi Julian, the similar comments were left on your blog because you appreciated neutral and unbiased comments, not just praises but also bad experiences.

This "unsatisfied diner" went all the way to the consumers' tribunal. Common sense would tell u that talking to the mgmt didn't work. Management asked the staff to settle it on their own cos it wasn't management's fault.

To 2 cents', 19 other people present had the same dinner and felt cheated, so did the consumers' association, hence recommended a legal approach.

No insults were intended to anyone. The post is a genuine diner's experience with a kind intent to warn others. If advice are not welcomed in these blogs, then pls remove as you wish.