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Imperial Court Shark's Fin Restaurant

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Address: #03-01, The Grassroots' Club, 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, 568046
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.

Daily: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.30pm -10.30pm

+65 65532777
$39 based on 14 submissions
Lunch (5 votes), Children/Family (4 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (4 votes)

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Yummy dim sum

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

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• 17 Nov 2015 • 81 reviews • 0 follower

Yummy dim sum

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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
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  • Chill crab fried bun
• 12 Nov 2015 • 350 reviews • 1 follower

Wonderful Dinner Treat by Our Good Friends

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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.

the #1 half suckling pig was a large helping. it was much larger than what i had at ah yat & other places like hung kang & summer gardens.

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.

no comparison like the one at beng thin.

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.

 

reminded me of my own crabless beehoon! 

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.

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  • (excellent) half suckling pig
• 06 Apr 2015 • 266 reviews • 39 followers

room for service improvement

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This branch of the Gim Tim brand is renamed Imperial Court Restaurant, dropping the non-PC shark’s fin moniker. I was drawn to the $0.99 dim sum promo that offers 3 x 3 types of dim sum at $0.99 for Mar, Apr, May 2015. The dim sum items were quite decent though I felt quite thirsty after that…msg? They charge $3 per pax for tea and towel and also included my 3 young kids in the charge.

What was memorable in a bad way is how they blotched my final order, even with 8 serving staffing serving a total restaurant crowd of 30 pax. Here’s the account.

0 min, I placed the last order

20min later, I reminder the staff of my last order of 3 items

30min later, 2 item came. I asked for the last item to be taken off the bill as I need to leave soon

35min later, I more item came but it is not what I ordered and I indicated to the staff + asked for the bill

40min later, bill came with the errant 3rd item

45min later, the correct bill came

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