Maybe I'm Naive •
13 Jun 2010 • 279 reviews • 44 followers
Came here for the ala cart lunch buffet with my family and it was a good dinning experience!
This restaurant dated back to the 1960s and has undergone major renovations (according to my parents). It is now quite spacious, well lighted though you could still see some signs of its vintage and history on the wall and doors!
For the ala carte buffet, you could order from a menu of 40 items (but some items could only be ordered once such as the shark fins soup which was average, peking duck - ok but the meat was a bit hard), where others you could order as much as you can try.
The menu has a good spread covering meat, fish, vegetables, noodles/rice, ssoup, eafood etc. As for the deesets, they serve ice cream, green bean soup, agar agar jelly and chin chow drink where you can help yourself at the self service counter.
Among the dishes we have ordered, we felt the following were good - black pepper beef (well marinated and meat was tender), black pepper prawns (quite fresh though the size of the prawns was inconsistent with some big and some very small), salad prawn (with mayonnaize and wasabi sauce and fruit cocktail, very nice), coffee and jin dou spare ribs (very nicely marinated and cooked), deep fried fish (very fresh and well done), deep fried kailan with pork floss (a unique dish but was very nice and tasty), Chicken stir fried with Yam. The other dishes were average.
However, an area for improvement was the tea they serve. We ordered the Chrysanthemum Tea, which was tasteless and bland like plain water (though we could see the Chrysanthemum inside the tea pot). We have feedback to the staff but when they refill the tea, it was still the same! Perhaps they could put in more or better Chrysanthemum Tea Leaves with more sugar added. (This was the only drawback we could find)
Service was good! Our tea was refilled promptly and used dishes were cleared fast too. Staff were polite and will apologize should the dishes took a while to come (though it was not long in waiting, honestly) Unlike other chinese ala carte restaurants where you will have to wait quite a while before your dishes were served, the waiting time here was very short and reasonable! Staff also came a few times to ask if we would like to have more orders. In total, we ordered 33 dishes in our 2.5 hrs dinning.
Overall it was a good and delightful dinning experience and we have tried most dishes and found that most were consistently good! We will come back again to try the buffet dinner in the near future!
Currently, they have a promotion whereby 5 diners pay for the price of 4. Considering the number of dishes and their quality, it is worth and good dinning experience! Senior Citizens also have special discounts too.