Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 22:30
Imperial Court Shark's Fin Restaurant, conveniently located in the Grassroots' Club has a palatial decor true to its name - perfect for a majestic wedding banquet. Renowned for its warm service & sumptuous cuisine, guests will find the dining experience truly memorable.
I was here for family lunch with the rest of my extended family. The restaurant was full house on a public holiday lunch, which could explain why the servers mixed up orders and missed out items. I do think that there's a need to improve on how they manage orders on the ground, since I kept seeing the servers wandering around aimlessly with trays of dimsums, looking very confused. Otherwise, the servers were polite and considerate, and they made the effort to replace our dirty plates.
Portions-wise, these must be the tiniest dim sum I have ever seen. It's literally minuscule. Most of the dimsum items such as the siew mai, prawn dumpling and xiaolongbao were slightly bigger than a 50cents coin. They did add tiny abalones to the siew mai, to make it more premium. But at $6 for 3, despite being at a promotional price, I really don't think it is worth it. This is the first time I'm eating dimsum at Gim Tim and I think it will probably be my last.
Located on the top floor of Grassroots club is Imperial Court Shark's Fin Restaurant. It has been here for several years and it generally serves the neighbourhood of Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio and caters for traditional Chinese weddings.
Imperial Court Shark's Fin Restaurant is owned by Gim Tim and has been around since 1975. Gim Tim is also one of the pioneer in the mobile kitchen arena, it has a fleet to cater for outdoor function.The dining area isn't the biggest but they have private rooms lining the entire dining area. On a weekday lunch at 12pm, we were one of 4 tables of dinners. It is definitely very quiet during the weekday and you can enjoy the peace and quiet while having dim sum.Their dim sum menu is pretty small but do not be initimidated. Having patronized their dim sum over the past 4 years. I am convinced that their dim sum quality outshines more chained competitors.
1. Prawn Fritter with Fruit Juice $4.20++
The prawn fritter was served with apple sauce! That's right! Apple sauce! It was a very sweet and syrupy sauce that gave the salty and yet juicy prawns a tangy taste! This is a very sweet and yet savoury dish! The prawn fritters are wrapped with a seaweed skin, much like the Japanese seaweed chicken!
Prawn Fritter with Fruit JuiceThe seaweed skin gives the prawn fritter a crispier and crunchier texture upon each bite!
2. Crispy Bean Curd Skin with Prawn $4.20++
This is my typical favourite, served with mayonnaise. This was freshly fried to perfection. You could tell from the piping hot steam coming out of ths prawns as they cut it up with a scissors in front of you. The prawns were succulent and juicy and they were pretty sizeable as well!
3. Pan Fried Carrot Cake $3.80++ *highly recommended*
Their pan fried carrot cake is one of the best I've had! The exterior was charred perfectly to give it a slightly crisp exterior and yet still leaving the carrot shreds soft and moist! They were also cubes of char siew embedded in the carrot cake! A very delightful savoury dim sum which is pretty above average!
4. Steamed Chang Fen with Char Siew $4++
I had better expectations of this but ths skin wasn't thin enough and the sauce wasn't salty enough. The char siew was it's saving grace.
5. Steamed Chang Fen with Shrimp $4++
They have a lobster option for this but luckily we went with the cheaper shrimp option since I didn't quite like the steamed chang fen skin much. It was too thick and it couldn't absorb the sauce. Hence the chang fen just tasted bland.
6. Steamed Shanghai Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao) $4.50++
My favourite dim sum item that arrived last. It tasted okay. Nothing spectacular.
Steamed Shanghai Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)The soup in the xiao long bao had enough flavour and meat.
7. Spare Rib in Black Bean Sauce $4.20++
The meat was tasty and savoury. But though the came in large chunks with alot of fats. The sauce was also overly oily.
8. Pan Fried Chilli Crab Bun $4.20++
This was an interesting dish and I ordered it ou
See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/11/12/wonderful-dinner-treat-by-our-good-friends-imperial-court-on-5nov2015/
my good friends & mei mei arranged a dinner for my wife & i at imperial court restaurant at the grassroots club on 5.11.2015. ^^
i have wanted to try the gimtim group of restaurants but have not done yet, so this suited.
they have a 1/2 suckling pig set for 6. we had 7pax so my friend ordered 2 additional dishes.
i thought ah yat’s suckling pig was very good but this was equal or better & much bigger portions by comparison.
it was extremely good, very crispy skin & very flavourful, tasty meat. it seemed to be a combination of the 片皮 & 南乳 styles. usually the 片皮 style came with wraps & the 南乳 comes with the meat. my wife & i prefer the 南乳 style.
the next dish #2 (quite poor) fish maw soup though was quite poor.
my friend ordered 2 additional dishes=#9 addition sanpei chicken 三杯鸡 dish & ＃10 additional beef dish.
sanpei chicken 三杯鸡 was so-so, maybe below par. the beef was pretty ok, not the very tenderised chinese style beef which i don’t like.
the #3deepfried seabass in thai sauce was very good.
the sauce was not the usual thai sweet sauce (best for deep-fried chicken wings) but a bit tangy.
a very good fish dish by my reckoning.
the #4 abalones with broccoli dish was the usual good standard, with nice broccoli & mushrooms.
i love #5 the steamed scallops. i think they were the best! ^^
usually i prefer steamed razor clams to steamed scallops because usually steamed scallops get overdone (i don’t know why?).
these ones were very tender & sweet & tasty. excellent is the word!
the #6 prawns were nicely done, fresh, tasty & crisp.
i don’t like the sauce though, just overly sweet.
the #7 braised seafood beehoon was very tasty.
& with good ingredients.
the simple dessert of the day = #8 fruit cocktail dessert with ice shavings was very refreshing.
overall an excellent dinner. i liked the suckling pig & the steamed scallops.
i estimate the dinner to cost about S$350nett, so about S$50nett.
service was very good. the servers took several photos for us & also went digging up a knife & candles for the cake.
it was a really fun evening.a truly wonderful time with close friends & great dinner.