Jason Hoon •
23 Feb 2011 • 2 reviews • 0 follower
I came here for a company dinner and we ordered the set dinner ($688 per table) which came highly recommended by the manager as 'a great value set meal' but it turned out to be one of the worst meals I have eaten. And judging by the 'leftover food' on the table, my colleagues must have felt the same.
The starters was tiny stale-tasting prawns in cheap mayo sauce on a dragonfruit. The prawns were not fresh nor sweet and no different from those offered in an average run-of-the mill hawker centre prawn noodle stall. It was a mediocre start but still i had hopes that the later dishes would improve.
My hopes were quickly dashed by the sharks fin soup. It was so starchy i could have gelled my hair with it. The flavour is also artificially enhanced by MSG and not derived from good cooking nor double-boiled ingredients.
From then on, the food went further downhill. The steam fish was overcooked as one might sometimes experience in a big wedding dinner banquet. Except in this case, the restaurant was not even half-filled on the friday night when we were there.
The rice dish was a little like the 'mui fan' one gets in a tze char stall except the ones you get in a tze char stall is way more flavorful. Yan palace's version is all gooey sauce, mushy rice and no taste. It reminds me of bad babyfood. Not surprisingly, everybody took 1 or 2 spoonful and stopped eating.
The dessert is a sweet ching-tng-like liquid dessert that was plain horrible. It seemed like a token obligatory dessert that was served as an afterthought to complete the set meal.
The dinner cost about $80 per person including alcoholic drinks. Ouch!!! At the end of the meal, I couldn't decide what was harder to stomach: the food or the bill?