Saturday, January 21, 2012

Grand Imperial & Esquire Kitchen

The Lunar New Year feasting is in full swing; BSC's Grand Imperial seems swamped with diners, with few empty tables even on weeknights (this photo was taken early in the evening).

Grand Imperial's 'lap mei fan' costs RM40++ for the smallest portion, which feeds two or three. The rice is well-prepared, but in comparison, the Oriental Group offers more richly flavored waxed meat & sausages. Beware: at peak hours, this can take nearly 60 minutes to serve.

We ordered 'lamian,' expecting to savor the thinnest of handmade noodles. What emerged was this thick version, reminiscent of 'pan mee' instead of the fine threads that outlets like Dragon-I & Crystal Jade offer. Still tasty though, especially with the excellent 'sui kow.'

Grand Imperial has a great wine list, but we'd deduct points since there's nothing by the glass.

A more wallet-friendly eatery for this season is the venerable Esquire Kitchen, which has branches scattered in malls across the Klang Valley.

Salmon yee sang, a midsize serving for about RM40.

Esquire Kitchen features one of the cheapest CNY sets around, about RM150 for six people, kicking off with Shanghai-style fried rice cakes.

Sweet corn soup with vegetarian "shark fin" soup, the conscience-friendly choice.

Fried chicken with herb sauce. Everything on the set is OK; not incredible, but not inedible.

Sweet-sour garoupa.

Bean curd with pumpkin sauce.

Crunchy veggies.

'Luo han gao' with white fungus. Perhaps the least sugary version ever.

Grand Imperial Restaurant @ Bangsar Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.
Esquire Kitchen @ IOI Mall, Puchong.
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23 comments:

  1. it is nice for a small gathering of friends..
    price is affordable for everyone...
    Somemore during the CNY .. the food price is going up like crazy...

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i'm staying away from all the chinese new year set menus that cost more than RM400! :D

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  2. Wait wait... so the CNY falls today? ;)) well I can actually check the calendar ;p

    Oooooooh fried chicken!! You experience amazing foods every day!

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    1. Rad: heheh, CNY will be on monday! It's a long weekend right now, cos Monday and Tuesday will both be public holidays :D

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    2. True! My nephew goes to a Chinese school and school resumes on Thursday! Wow! Hahaha
      I'm a bit jealous ;))

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    3. Rad: i'm also envious! i'm technically working the whole long weekend, since i'm on duty/on call, if any emergencies happen, heheh =)

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    4. Oh it really sounds like you have a very cool job!

      Let me know if you're looking for a boring assistant ahaha

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    5. Rad: heheh, it's not a job i love. i would love an assistant though, but my company wouldn't pay for one :D

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  3. Esquire is definitely one of the cheapest CNY menu in town.

    Hehehe...how many lap mei fun have you had so far?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, the price at esquire was the pull factor for us! and i guess it has a solid reputation :D heheh, only two so far this year. haven't matched last year's record of five yet =)

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  4. Off topic alert!

    My best mate had his wedding dinner at Grand Imperial a couple months back. It was a rainy Friday night and the traffic and the rain resulted in SO many people being late. Even worse was that some of the latecomers couldn't find any parking in BSC and decided to leave. And there are a lot of thick pillars so quite a few guests couldn't see anything happening on stage.

    Food wasn't that good either, but then again that does tend to happen to all restaurants where the logistics of having to cook for hundreds of people at once does affect the taste/quality somewhat.

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    1. Timing: yikes! sounds like this might not be the ideal venue for a wedding banquet after all! we were thinking it seems perfect, since it's very large & located in a fairly central area :D

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  5. Hehe actually you can get RM400 for 10 pax if u go to those Chinese restaurants scattered around the housing areas.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, i should really look for those, but i'm so lazy, i only look for chinese restaurants that advertise their sets online, heheh =)

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  6. Haha.. not bad Sean. You have successfully found a few places that's within the budget that will please your family! :D

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    1. Rebecca: not sure if my family would be pleased with these places though! the esquire kitchen set was cheap but the food was so-so only. i guess customers get what they pay for =)

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  7. i never had la mian with sui kow at grand imperial before. maybe i hsould try that!

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    1. Michelle: i think the sui kow would win your praise, but i'm not sure about the la mian! =)

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  8. Least sugary? That a good thing or not? :)

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    1. Kenny: heh, a good thing if you're trying to curb your sugar intake. a bad thing if you want to finish your meal on a satisfyingly sweet note (personally, i ended up NOT finishing every drop in that bowl) :P

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  9. oooh and i was just having the lap mei fan at Imperial BSC on thursday. it's yummy but lucky i only waited for 20-30mins.

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    1. Eiling: you're fortunate! I almost gave up waiting for the lap Mei fan. One hour is really inexcusable, I think...

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  10. Was there last week, was quite a nice lunch . Overall the Tim Sum is not bad . The roast meat platter was good especially the Siew Yuk ! It's literally melts in the mouth without the taste of fatty pork !
    The pure lotus mooncakes were also a delight , just the right sweetness with a thin covering skin ! Will be back next trip . Yummy :-)

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