First observation is that it’s a trolley-less service. Ordering is done on a form and after submitting, waiters gradually bring the dishes out as soon as they are ready. There are photos on the menu but this system makes ordering intuitive for inexperienced Yum Cha diners where they cannot see and smell potential dishes in front of them before ordering.
You would think that this system of ordering would infer that dishes are made to order. Unfortunately for us, most of the dishes seemed to be reheated and frozen dumplings heated up in microwaves taste much better.
PORK AND PRAWN DIM SIMS
Tough and chewy pork centre, these are supposed to be so addictive. Siu Mai addicts can get cured with a bite of these bad boys.
PRAWN GOW GEES
All the dumpling skins were ripped and the filling bland probably because the flavour got steamed out of the wrap.
Taro was cold inside sign that it was not freshly fried, despite this it was pretty good.
BBQ PORK PUFF
Char Siu Sow
Probably the best of the worst today, pastry was good although bbq pork inside was below average.
CHINESE BREAD STICK WRAPPED IN RICE NOODLES
The only fresh dish was the bread stick (fried-dough) wrapped in rice noodles. One or two bites are fine, but it gets boring pretty quickly.
The only positive is the free Wifi and opening hours. Food is very overpriced compared to the taste and technical execution on offer. The unfriendly ordering system makes it a big no-no for uninitiated/first-time Yum Cha diner.
Would I go again?
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