January 26, 2011

Dim Sum @ 帝影樓

Back to the Altira for another meal, this time for dim sum at 帝影樓. We exited the elevator to find a rather majestic apple made out of coins.

The grandeur of the room is quite breathtaking.
Complimentary snacks to tease our appetites. We asked for refills =D
First up, Shanghainese pork dumplings with hairy crab roe (蟹粉小籠包). Taste-wise, it wasn't memorable, but the creative presentation made up for it! It's often hazardous to grab the dumpling with chopsticks because the skin breaks easily. Serving them in these cute baskets made it a lot more convenient!
Steamed shrimp dumplings (帝影鮮蝦餃)
To the left, we have crispy taro pastry with roasted goose in satay sauce (蜂巢鵝肝芋角), followed by deep-fried scallops with chive dumplings (韭菜帶子盒) to the right. I enjoyed the satay sauce in the taro pastry very much, but I can't remember too much about the scallops with chive dumplings.
Stir-fried turnip pudding with XO sauce (XO醬炒蘿蔔糕). I thought this was the best item of the entire meal. The turnip patties had a good, soft but not too mushy texture. The flavour combination worked very well with the bits of eggs, beansprouts, chives, chili and XO sauce (which I adore). It was very delicious.
Steamed custard buns with carrot ( 甘筍黄包) was well-executed. I love the creamy richness of the custard filling. I usually prefer the molten version of this bun, but this was very tasty regardless.
Steamed rice rolls filled with minced fish and vegetables (翡翠龍躉腸粉). I decided that I don't really like rice noodle rolls with fish, because altogether the texture is overly mushy. However, the rice noodle roll itself were smooth and well-made.
Steamed pork dumplings with Porcini mushroom (牛肝菌燒賣) were rather ordinary and unmemorable.
Crispy puff filled with seafood salad (酥皮海鮮沙律). This was a creative dim sum, but I didn't like the combination of the cold salad and the puff pastry. The two elements were not in balance and didn't go well together.
All in all, it was an enjoyable meal, but I wouldn't come back just for the decor. The food is too expensive and there are better (and cheaper) options available.


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