30 Jul 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower
A friend wanted to try "teochew" style dim sum.
There were empty tables on weekend after lunch hours. Maybe it was bad timing.
1) Asked for menu; given a paper order chit that states the dimsum and price. Allowed us take a glance on it. Snatched back when we wanted to take away. "If we give you the menu, you will pick the cheapest dishes". Ah? So we were supposed to look at the cart without knowing the whole repertoire? And did we looked cheap?
2) Dim sum was lukewarm. Good dim sum doesn't taste good lukewarm. Bad dim sum, lukewarm.... did not worth the space in stomach, the calorie, the cholesterol, the strength to chew...
3) The fried dim sum (Char siew sou, egg tart).... Crust... probably aired for far too long. The fillings... arguably, maybe better than Kopitiam standard.
Excuses or reasons...
1) Maybe it was bad timing. However, any honorable restaurant would keep up the standard as long as they are open for business; I am sure they did not charge an off peak price. If it's the timing issue, they should close it down for the day after the peak hours. Never ever let the standard drop as long as it's open.
2) Maybe that's how teochew dim sum is and requires some acquired taste. I am glad that I did not go there with some guests. That's the first time I feel embarrassed as a paying customer - it's a strange feeling. I know they are doing pretty good business but I kept thinking that the old ladies working there deserve better.