See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/01/12/nice-light-lunch-crystaljade-lamian-xiaolongbao-hollandv-on-11jan2015/
went for a light lunch with wife & daughter @ crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao at hollandv yesterday on 11.1.2015.
we ordered the usual xiaolongbao 小笼包. it was good as usual – great soup & tasty fillings, skin that held together & not thick. we added a second order later. ^^
ordered the other favourite spicy dumplings 抄手 too. today this was not too good. the sauce seemed dilute, overall not flavourful enough & not as attractive as canton paradise.
spicy chicken 口水鸡 was good as always. i enjoy this dish everytime. ^^
soemthing new for me was the beef brisket ramen 牛腩拉面. happy to note that this was much better than i expected. the beef brisket 牛腩 was really good. there was a bit of beef tendon as well.
this my daughter’s favourite. i didn’t think it was better than that served in sicc though. i used the spicy sauce from the spicy chicken 口水鸡 & the noodles were really nice & flavourful with the sauce.
a relax lunch on a quiet sunday.
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(continued from my previous post as HGW have word limit)
(2) The ordering of the food
We have 5 guys in the group and in our very first order, we order 10 servings of pork and beef slices and we ended up getting only 15-20 slices of pork and beef each. This is actually not acceptable. (I think the restaurant did this on purpose so that people won’t get to spam their food, but we are a big group of 7 people, don’t they evaluate and think that it will be reasonable for us to finish the 20 servings of meat?)
Apart from the serving size issue, some of the orders (for eg vegetables and fish ball) was missed out too (I don’t think this is on purpose or maybe is on purpose but if the buffet timing is so tight, what about increasing your efficiency and accuracy in serving the food?).
We ordered a total of 3 times in total for the 1 hour we are there: 645pm-745pm.
(i) Once when we first sat down (super huge order but it was downsize and MIA for certain items)
(ii) When we realise the food wasn’t enough (huge order but it was downsize by the staff again)
(iii) Last order at 745pm (ultra huge order but it was greatly downsize by them again, I understand that to prevent us from staying here longer they have to downsize the order, but why did they downsize my first and second order??)
PS: the only thing that came in right quantity was the xiaolongbao because it couldn’t be downsize or reduce at all.
Conclusion: It’s not worth it to be there anymore due to the tight timing and the food size servings, noting that the quality of the food had dropped too. It was a really bad experience at the XLB buffet and I sincerely hope that changes will be implemented for better dining experience.