See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/05/28/a-relaxing-birthday-dinner-at-tunglok-signature-central-on-27may2015/
last evening, we had a birthday dinner for another close friend at tunglok signature @ central on 27.5.2015. ^^
we can see from the photos that the presentation & colours of the 2 dishes at tunglok were better. taste-wise they were close – the roast pork烧肉 about same, the salted egg prawns maybe tunglok a tad better.
we had the deep-fried cod fillet that seemed to be salted egg flavoured also. it was a well executed dish, somewhat oily. not really a preferred preparation for me.
the same dentist friend & mei mei had a birthday dinner for me in 2013 here at this same tunglok outlet. we had star garoupa fillet with broccoli & lily bulbs & that was very good. of course for me, steamed fish is the best. haha!^^
we had the elegant 三层楼, which is a tunglok long standing dish of fried bean curd on spinach & shimeji mushrooms.
there was a newer dish of charcoal tofu with lily bulbs 百合.
both tofu dishes were very nice!
next was a string beans with egg plant. just mildly spicy (if any at all) & quite nicely done.
another dish was a bit unusual combination, some squash with japanese edamame & slightly sweet sauce. can’t figure out this dish.
as it was a birthday, the restaurant provided complimentary longevity buns 流沙寿桃.
they were presented together with our own birthday cake, and handwritten “calligraphy” by a talented restaurant manager. haha!
the message changes according to occasions, so the guy must have a whole bookcase of them. haha!^
I haven't written a review in a long time, but after this experience I just had to write to express my indignation and disappointment. Ordered:
(1) lobster cooked 2 ways - super tiny portion
(2) lamb chop/rack - tiny portion again. Taste was very blah, and the deep-fried ring of something beneath it (no idea what it was) was very hard
(3) wasabi mayo prawns - salty and cloying, couldn't taste the freshness of the prawns
(4) fish maw soup - I'm Cantonese and I know what good soup is. This wasn't. Besides being overly full of ingredients, the taste was not quite there.
For the price point and marketing (signatures? my foot!!), the food was a total fail in my book. Also, one common point I noted was the random garnishes (a tomato here, a watermelon there, throw in some salad)...or maybe they weren't that random...maybe they served the purpose of filling the plate and distracting the diner from the lousy food.
The decor was refined, but we had no peace with people constantly coming and going and the family gatherings on a Saturday night.
Bill came up to $50+ for 2 after 50% discount with Palate card. Still felt cheated. Though we left still hungry, it was a good thing we didn't order more. As a foodie, this was a birthday dinner I would remember for a long time (for all the wrong reasons).
p.s. be skeptical of anyone who has only a few (or even 1) reviews on HGW and praises the food here.