Ask me what’s good to eat in Bangsar Shopping Centre, and Ming Room would usually be one of my answers. Many people told me that the food at Grand Imperial is nicer, so I decided to find out for myself last week. The restaurant seemed a tad quiet on a weeknight, with three to four tables occupied. Once seated, a waitress came over and handed out warm towels to us. “Pretty good service,”I thought.
Appetisers were devoured within minutes, as we were all pretty famished. The acar looking thing was spicy jellyfish, while the other was fried wanton skin. A nice change from the usual boiled peanuts. The salted fish with belly pork arrived first, but our order of white rice came 10 minutes and three reminders later. What’s the point of serving us the dishes when there’s no rice to eat with them?
Taste wise, I liked the pork belly. It was delightfully streaky, deeply flavoured and slightly pungent from the salted fish. This went very well with white rice. Roasted spring chicken looked interesting from the display. Crispy yet tender on the inside, it was however, a tad ordinary. I wasn’t as impressed with it as I was with the pork belly. Stir-fried kai lan with siew yuk was a meaty version of the kai lan with garlic slices. They were pretty generous with the siew yuk, and the vegetables were generously flavoured with lard oil. A delicious combination.Steamed fish with fermented beans and light soy sauce was quite good. I’m not sure what type of fish this was, but it tasted like cod fish. Fresh, sweetish and firm, the light seasoning helped enhance the natural flavours of the fish.
Overall, I found the food pretty good and wouldn’t mind coming back for more. *sigh* If only I had a fatter wallet!
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Pretty good food, and decent service (minus the white rice incident).
T4 & 5, 3rd Floor,
Bangsar Shopping Centre