Imperial Court Chinese Restaurant is a relatively new joint in South Perth that had made its way to my ears (and the mother’s) through friends, and friends of friends, or friends of family friends… you know what I mean.
In any case, I went on Urbanspoon and saw that they had really decent ratings, so I knew this had to be the next place to go to for some dim sum action!
I am one of habit – so I like to visit Dragon Palace for my dim sum whenever I go. Every once in a while, I’d be trying a new spot, but for some reason, my heart just goes back to that big inviting palace-like restaurant for my cravings of prawn & chive dumplings, char siew pork buns, and pork & century egg congee.
Anyhow, I was supposed to catch up with a friend and her folks, so we decided to hold it at Imperial Court one Saturday morning.
Being early risers, and knowing how crowded it gets in Northbridge on the weekend, I figured 1045am would be a decent time to meet (most places in Northbridge would have opened by then). Being the silly goose, I hadn’t really done my research into their opening hours, so we found out the hard way that they only open at 11am! A tad embarrassing considering that I was inviting my friend and her folks for a meal.
So we waited. Waited. Waited. Waited. The wait staff inside were all ready, but for some reason, the door still had to be closed. We waited some more. More people started turning up, and to my mind, if you saw about 15-20 people outside your restaurant waiting, and you have your restaurant all ready for service, then perhaps just let the customers in, and enjoy a cup of tea even if the kitchen wasn’t ready. No, this wasn’t going to happen. It was not till 11.05am that they opened their doors. Disappointment #1. Not cool.
Anyway, we were hungry by this time, so we really wanted to get some orders on the way. We had the usual suspects (all shown in the photos below), and in addition to these we also ordered:
- Pork & Century Egg Congee
- Deep fried prawn dumpling
- Har Gow (Prawn dumpling)
- Rice flour rolls (doughsticks)
I enjoyed the beancurd roll and the pan-fried carrot cake the most out of the whole lot that we ordered. The rest were quite the average dim sum dishes you can probably find elsewhere, if not better outside of this establishment. The one thing that I had missed trying (which I have read in other blogs) is the Shanghai Dumplings, which did look rather special.
The service here was really average, if not below par. There was very little attention paid to each table, and the wait staff all behave as though they haven’t been paid in 2 months.
With a rather unpleasant start to the meal, and a rather average dining experience, I don’t think I’d be back for dim sum here anytime soon. Dinner? Perhaps.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars (service was a massive factor)
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg
Telephone: (08) 9368 0385
Address: 125 Melville Parade, South Perth