Monday, December 15, 2008

Grand Imperial Restaurant @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Since i was a kid, dim sum on Sundays were always considered a luxury and a treat. Despite the father being the chinaman he is, dim sum being a traditional chinaman breakfast meal as well, the two never seemed to gel.

I remembered those days that the family (4 vs 1, mind you) get involved in a silent debate that dim sum is just as a chinaman item than noodles and rice but obviously those days, the call was made by the one who drives (i.e the silent one).

Thinking back, maybe it was the venue,? I for one admit that only air-conditioned places i.e. hotels serve edible dim sum. We would complain and make the most sour of faces if either of the parents attempt to feed us dim sum that was served in anything less than a proper restaurant.

So when one fine day, the Father suggest we go for Dim Sum, we eat Dim Sum, no more questions asked.

Grand Imperial Restaurant was the place we went. Situated in the revamped Bangsar Shopping Centre, looking brand new and smashing from the outside, no longer the dingy but with attitude shabby dark front.

The grand entrance impressed me, infact the dinner the night before was decent enough to warrant the Parents in bringing the "kids" for dim sum the next day.

All in all, it is the "norm" grand chinese restaurant.

I will let the food do the talking but the conclusion is the food is worth trying. Freshly prepared thus the longer wait, the quality was justified although a few faults here and there.

Lean Siew Yuk with the crispy "hat" aka skin.

Stir Fried Raddish Cake, not too bad, not overly oily but will still get trumped over by the Concorde Hotel version.

Very smooth, almost tasted like it came out from a blender.

The cheong fun was thinly wrapped around some prawns. Bonus as it wasnt the usual thick flour skin that we have begun to be accustomed to.

Salted Egg Yolk Squid tentacles. A favourite among the table, eventhough it was dreadfully sinful. Than again, we had the rest of the day to digest and burn the calories, er, during the afternoon nap.

Salad Prawn, the deep fried version.

Fluffy Yam Puff

From the counter, the claypot wine chicken. Although it was all pre-cooked, the heating up process via the stove, WAS WAY TOO LONG!. Tastewise, the ladies gave the thumbs up.

Another of the prepared dishes of the day, the braised beef brisket with raddish. Flavourful and tasted like if it had been cooked for hours. Biting into the raddish that had been infused with the soup and meat, it was wonderful.

The last of the trio, the vinegar pig "leg" aka trotters. Sour but delicious, again this dish was cleaned out by the ladies. Maybe ladies on confinement should come and get their dosage here instead.

Deep fried egg plan with garlic (and i mean alot of GARLIC). Another mouthwatering snack.

The Baos were ok. Apparently one of the co-owners exclaimed that their char siew baos were to die for; well to die for a filling that is on the sweet side (not by the pork, definitely) is rather sad, dont you think?

The misconception of restaurants serving bad xiu long baos, other than the ones that were opened up just to serve xiu long baos were good. This was surprisingly good, with alot of soup and a hearty filling.

Staple items like Har Gao.

Siu Mai.

Pung Tong Gao.

A round of desserts to neutralise the palates, Mango Sago Cream, Tau Foo Fah and Almond Cream.

All in all, a satisfying meal and slightly cheaper than your hotel prices.

Address and contact details:

T5, 3rd Floor, East Wing,
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Phone No: 03-2283 1118

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Definitely slotted somewhere in the rather short list of dim sum places that we will visit, when the Father is in the mood of course.

25 comments:

fatboybakes said...

yeah, i was pleasantly surprised too. finally a dont-have-to-die-when-bill-comes place to eat in bangsar, for dim sum. should give the OTHER chinese restaurant in the same shopping complex a run for their money.

CUMI & CIKI said...

only 3.5 star - how come? sounds so good!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: haha yes..no more monopoly lor hor.. usually dim sum meals dont come cheap for gluttons like us..i think that day 6 of us..rm220..

c&c: it was good..but no WOW factor la..pls the wait..grrr...

worldwindows said...

Radish cake - hard to get the perfect plate. Har kaw - need to poached red shrimp to shine through. Surprise factor - Beef brisket, very few dim sum restaurant here offer beef.

550ml jar of faith said...

Now, that's what a dimsum meal should look like - lean siu yoke, salted egg yolk squid tentacles to boot... there is nothing that sin can't cure

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

worldwindows: hmmm maybe quite a number of chinese dont eat beef?

550ml: haha no la..i dont like lean siu yuk..

Henry Yeo said...

what say we just take a flight to hong kong.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: haha thats abit too extravagant, dont you think?

sc said...

wah, such blessed childhood you had! even had the privilege to choose to eat in hotels. i grew up in kampung, eating dimsum even in a shop would be considered a luxury. oh well, case of country mouse and town mouse eh? hehe :)hmm, most of the deep fried dim sum here looks over fried..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Lean siu yoke?? Mana boleh?? The fried items looks good...

Damn! I should never read your posts in the morning...grrr!!

mh said...

Thank god I'm coming home this weekend! Or else...i might die from all these temptations!!!!!

Am quite excited to visit the all new renovated BSC too...is the reno finally completed?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: well the conclusion is still the same..dim sum was a luxury as a kid..

bangsar: yeah LOR y got lean meat 1 ler..

mh: yeah its almost completed..waitin for the shops to really open up!

J2Kfm said...

oh ... so you digest fat when you're taking your nap ... now i know THE secret. hahaha ...

Nic (KHKL) said...

joe, are you familiar with jalan ipoh ar? there's a famous dim sum place by the road that has been around for ages. the char siew pau and loh mai kai are great. i've been eating there for more than 20 years now. check it out!

no air-con one ar...hehehehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: aiyoh no aircon1 ar... how??? haha take me there ar...

j2kfm: haha dont we all? just MUCH slower..thus the accumulation

kampungboycitygal said...

go try jing xuan @ dj..at only rm 3.5 per plate..u can have rounds after rounds of dim sum

vkeong said...

always interested in good dim sum places.. this will be in my short list to visit too

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

vkeong: well give it a try..

kbcg: long time no see..haha 3.50 a plate? hmmmm many rounds hor..

ling239 said...

love the look of the thin cheong fun!!! ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: thin hor..

nicole said...

hi there. just want to let u know that u gave the wrong contact number on your blog. the number belongs to an indian family.

Anonymous said...

hi, number belongs to souled-out kl.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic n anon: sorry, changed!

Anonymous said...

After hearing all the great reviews about this restaurant and the serviced, my family and I were looking forward to our dinner at this restaurant. We ordered a Chinese. New Year set for 6 persons.
The first dish was a scallop yee sang and we tossed for prosperity. The next 4 dishes appeared simultaneously, before the yee sang was eaten.
It appears that the kitchen and serving staff were trying to clear the tables as fast as they could.
Just as they were about to serve the fried rice, theights went out and we were lforced to continue our meals darkness until tealights were lit.
It is all about Karma as we saw patrons having bookings for 8pm dinner changing their dinner reservations !

Vincent Ang said...

Was there last week with friends for the 1st for Tim Sum lunch . The experience was good ! One of the better Siew Yuk I have come across ! Other items on the Tim Sum not bad either .
The plain lotus paste moon cakes are good , not too sweet n with a thin layer of skin on the outside ! Good job .