Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dolly Dim Sum @ Avenue K

Dim sum served all day long in a cheerful, colourful & contemporary setting that's a convenient stroll from countless offices in the city centre? We won't need a fortune teller's services to foresee that Avenue K's new Dolly Dim Sum is destined to swiftly become a major magnet for chopstick-wielding crowds.

Say hello to Dolly, modelled after one of this outlet's owners, Jan, who also runs The Gardens' Fresca Mexican Kitchen. This new restaurant in Avenue K is split into two, with Dolly occupying one section & a second branch of Fresca taking up the rest. 

 Customers can cross-order between Dolly & Fresca, no matter where they sit, so this might be the only venue in KL for now where you can have both chicken siu mai & fish tacos simultaneously on one table.

Vivid hues for a vibrant hangout; it's easy to imagine Dolly making a splash on Instagram soon, especially if the sun's shining.

Dolly hits all the necessary notes, realising that when it comes to dim sum, familiarity breeds comfort. Customers would complain if the selection failed to comprise classics like 'har gau' prawn dumplings (RM9.50 before taxes) & 'loh mai gui' glutinous rice with chicken char siu, sliced abalone & mushrooms (RM8.50).

House-made fish balls steamed on spinach (RM7.50) & beef balls with mandarin peels (RM8.50); Dolly is a no-pork place, but the variety & quality of its food make it worth recommending nevertheless.

Scallop cheong fun with kitchen-made belacan (RM15). Prices are basically in line with expectations of a restaurant like this; for two patrons, a substantial lunch should safely clock in somewhere south of RM100. Our bill for two edged closer to RM180, but that's partly because we over-ordered & also had two cocktails.

 Golden custard fritters stuffed with sweet corn niblets (RM7). Fried or steamed, everything at Dolly tastes freshly prepared.

Dolly Mozza Roll - bean curd skin rolls stuffed with prawn & melted mozzarella cheese (RM10.50). We also appreciate how nothing here's too greasy or sodium-laden; flavours are well-balanced in a restrained manner that's likely to minimise criticism.

 Yam croquettes with peas (RM8). Textures also fare commendably at Dolly's; what's supposed to be crispy is crispy, with similarly successful results for creaminess, springiness & chewiness.

 Other worthwhile items include fluffy-hot buns with honey BBQ meat (RM8) ...

 ... 'ham sui kok' - meaty glutinous dumplings (RM8.50) ...

... & pan-fried buns filled with salted fish, ginger & scallions (RM8.50).

Tradition might dictate that tea should be offered (& indeed, Dolly delivers on the whole Puer/Guihua/Shuixian spectrum), but there are also Oriental-inspired cocktails (hurray!) to complement the food.

 Best bets might be the Pu Er Old Fashioned (RM30; Makers' Mark infused with aged Pu Er) & Longevity (jasmine-infused gin, fresh lime & lychee liquor). At this rate, Dolly truly will never go away again (right, Louis?).

Dolly Dim Sum
Ground Floor, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


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47 comments:

  1. Such a nice dim sum place...slightly pricey but will give them a good ole try...like the idea of mixing Chinese and Mexican in one sitting...lolz! =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the ambiance is definitely an attraction. and yup, now i kinda wish i had ordered something from fresca to accompany the dim sum, but then again, this was a lot of food for one lunch already, heh :)

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    2. Tacos and dim sum would be a match in heaven...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: haha, not sure if you should try dipping the tacos into the dim sum sauces though :)

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    4. Hahaha...I am not tat crazy...lolz! Btw the operating hours are 11am till 10pm daily...kitchen last call is 9:30pm...messaged them on FB and got a reply from them this morning =)

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    5. Ulric: heheh though siu mai with salsa might go together ☺ thanks for adding the timing ☺

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  2. wah, i like dim sum, thanks for sharing this place~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you like this post

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  3. I had my eye on this place before it opened its doors, everything looks great! And very cool tht u can order from Fresca too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, there's a very polished feel to both the food and the decor here ... and yup, here's to a nice chinese-mexican meal, heheh :)

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  4. Muahahahahahaha!!!! Sorry...sorry!!! The name makes me think of Dolly Parton...and the image of the dim sum paos comes to mind. ROTFL!!!! Very nice, everything looks very good. Hmmm...now you've got me craving for dim sum. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i had been curious too about who was the dolly for this dim sum outlet :D it's been awhile since i had dim sum, so this was a meal i looked forward to :)

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  5. I've been paying very close attention to this place before they open.
    Very beautiful interior and exterior ... So does the fusion between chinese and mexican! Wooo! <3 Can try both at once. . .

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    1. Eunice: ya, they've got quite a strategic location that's pretty noticeable, heh :) and yup, it'll be interesting to see whether you prefer the chinese food or the mexican fare here, heh :D

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  6. WOW, a cafe-like place that serves Dim Sum! so creative of them!

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    1. Ken: dim sum lovers will be pleased! :)

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  7. What a bright cheery place with those large windows.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, sunlight-blessed indeed :)

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  8. Very nice and colourful Interior and Exterior design, I love their illustration on the wall! Nice~!

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    1. Vivian: yeah, kudos to the designers for their work :)

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  9. I love the bird cage lights! Great idea!

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    1. Linda: it's a neat decoration! :D

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  10. The dim sum looks good....and freshly made (that's the reason for higher prices, I guess)! Those bird cages remind me of Delicious cafes :-)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i guess the prices are ultimately justifiable, since prices of everything are rising :) ooo, that's an interesting point ... you're observant! :D

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  11. Nice and interesting place for dim sum! Will be even better if they serve pork, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, hopefully they'll continue to come up with some more interesting dim sum recipes so that customers won't miss having pork here :)

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  12. What a cheerful place for dim sum!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, quite a different ambience for dim sum :D

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  13. My experience with Dolly was a bittersweet one, as the waiter kept serving the wrong dish and mess up my order as well. Food was pleasant thought I was waiting for a really long time to get serve.

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    1. Ahern: yikes, sounds like they're now having peak-hour problems. hopefully they'll manage to resolve that really soon.

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  14. I love a good dim sum anytime! :D

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    1. Rebecca: true, true, steaming-hot, fresh, well-made dim sum is a good thing :)

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  15. This place is very beautiful!
    But the dim sum are quite expensive =_=

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, the decor is gorgeous :) i guess that's part of the reason for the price too :)

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  16. Hello Sean, is this halal one?

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    1. Yuki: oh, it doesn't serve pork, but it serves alcohol :)

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  17. Hey sean, do you know any other places that sell halal dimsum? :)

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    1. Piee: you could also try Siang, a Chinese restaurant in the Sogo shopping complex, and MinMax at PNB Darby Park :)

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  18. i has try it like for a second time. even the price are..high for a college student like me, but i cant resist this! im goin there again,

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  19. is it Halal?
    i try find halal dim sum...its quite difficult la
    looks nice, hopefully can try one day...hehe

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  20. Cik syakila, I went there and ate already.pork free place.I've tried dim sum at other place before,but dolly is the best.fresshly made.

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  21. hi sean, are the beef and chicken from halal sources? Thank u!

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    1. F: i believe they are, as this place aims to welcome muslim customers, but do feel free to call them to confirm ;)

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