Saturday, December 28, 2013

All You Can Eat @ Si Chuan Dou Hua, Parkroyal KL

Si Chuan Dou Hua, the Parkroyal hotel's Sichuan-&-Cantonese restaurant, serves an all-you-can-eat menu for lunch & dinner everyday (except public holidays) at a relatively economical _ but not necessarily rewarding _ RM55++ per person.

Customers can order from a roughly 60-dish selection that looks promising on paper, featuring plenty of prawns, served steamed ... 

 ... or deep-fried in kataifi-inspired pastry ...

 ... or with cashews & chili. Each ends up being less than memorable though, whipped up with competence but little complexity or flair.

Prawns in garlic sauce, battered with wasabi mayo & deep-fried with spicy salt, mainly examples of irrefutable quantity over irresistible quality. 

Roast chicken. Patrons should probably request dark meat, since the breast & wings provided here border dangerously on dryness.

Chicken braised with black mushrooms, deep-fried with butter & with lemon sauce. To be fair, it's difficult to find deals elsewhere that stretch RM55++ this far.

Fish of the evening, with hot bean sauce. Could have been fresher & less muddy-tasting. 

Stir-fried beef (a bit mushy in parts) & bean curd all succeed in stuffing the stomach. 

Skip the xiao long bao, cursed by the thickest skin we've ever seen. 

Soup's up: Eight-treasure with slivers of seafood is worthwhile, while the dumpling soup isn't.

Seasoned baby octopus & ginger-sauce mushrooms. Service could be more cheerful; also note that dishes can sometimes take a lengthy time (up to half-an-hour) to emerge from the kitchen.

Marinated spicy chilled cucumber & stir-fried vegetables with garlic.

Crispy noodles with shredded chicken. Enjoyable enough, this one. 

Dan Dan Noodles, sufficiently flavorful. Perhaps it might be prudent to return someday to sample Si Chuan Dou Hua's regular a la carte menu instead; that would probably prove more satisfying.

Watermelon & honeydew, Chinese pancakes (too doughy), bean curd with wolf berries, longan with inexplicably nonexistent lotus seeds (served sadly at room temperature instead of cold).

Fortune cookies can be fun, even when they spout nonsense like "You have a potential urge and the ability for accomplishment." 

Be warned that tea costs an extra RM7++ per person, separate from the RM55++ for the food. It's tasty tea nevertheless, served with stylish showiness. 

Si Chuan Dou Hua
Parkroyal Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782-8303

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24 comments:

  1. Used to love such eat-all-you-can promos, can go many many rounds...but these days, not worth it anymore. Can barely manage more than one round. Not too expensive this one, I must say, compared to some others I've seen in other blogs.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, I guess the capacity for eating dwindles with age, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, yeah =) and ya, ultimately RM55++ wasn't a rip-off. Enough food, enough variety here =)

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  2. I can't eat much, so seldom go buffet or eat-all-you-can promo. But 55++ seems quite a good deal. :D

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    1. CK: ya, I don't think we can find another hotel in kl with a Chinese restaurant that serves this type of deal at this price, heheh =)

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    2. It might well be our next foodie stop then... ;)

      Btw, in case Devil and I don't see you before two-oh-fourteen, here's wishing you a happy new year to come, Sean! :)

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    3. Kenny: come hungry, leave three pounds heavier, might be the apt tagline here =) oh yeah, the odds don't quite seem to be in favor of our bumping into each other within these next three days (though i'll hold out hope!). and btw, 12 years a slave has opened, playing only at mid valley, pavvy & 1 utama, but i haven't managed to watch it yet ... so in reference to our previous chat, i still have no idea how much it's censored =)

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  3. Rm 55++ is a reasonable price for that buffet spread :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, i hope they don't raise the price next year, heh :D

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    2. They have, it's RM65 now. I remember paying RM55 before too. http://www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/stay/offers/all-you-can-eat-at-si-chuan-dou-hua.html

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    3. Babysue: thanks for the update :)

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  4. wow, this really looks nice, long time no see d~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: hope you get a good chinese meal soon! =)

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  5. Nice display here, Sean! Although I do like Chinese food I am not a fan of fortune cookies. Great review, as always.

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    1. Linda: thanks! chinese food is pretty much comfort food, i guess. heh, i don't believe in fortune cookies, of course, but i like cracking them open, heh :D

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  6. Uh... food doesn't sound too good. But the Santa tea master sure made me smile.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, unfortunately the food was basically average. you're right though, the santa hat for servers was memorable and kinda cool for this christmas season =)

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  7. aiiyoh.. why ar.. I used to like this resto... service gone to the dogs ar?

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    1. Ciki: heh, some of the waitresses were kinda gloomy in expression, rather slow-moving and not very responsive to queries/requests =)

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  8. Think tea makes up for everything here:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yeah, the tea is pretty good, true =)

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  9. Didn't try the "shui zhu niu rou" (boiled sliced beef with chili oil)? I love that!
    The tea master with Christmas hat, so cute ;P

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, no, didn't order that beef dish! missed it, heheh :D and ya, he looked cool with that hat combined with his usual uniform :D

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  10. Xin Cuisine in Concorde Hotel offered this many years back for RM38++, it was very good. Went to try other chinese restaurants that serve this type of made-to-order all-you-can-eat lucnh/dinner. None of them came close to what Xin Cuisine offered. Too bad, they stopped offering that for many years now

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    1. Yun Qi: RM38++ would have been quite a good deal too! and ya, it's been a long time since i visited xin cuisine, but i recall the a la carte menu there being quite satisfying =)

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