Monday, July 8, 2013

Imperial Treasure Seafood Restaurant @ JEM

The bunny and family were at Imperial Treasure Seafood, located at B1-11 of JEM yesterday to celebrate Daddy's birthday. Daddy requested for someplace near and what better way to drag him to the newly opened shopping mall? Besides, it's my 2nd trip to Imperial Treasure Seafood this week - the earlier visit was a celebratory lunch at work, so I've tasted the food and it has sorta passed my criteria to bring the family.



Though JEM has opened its doors for more than 3 weeks already, the interest in the mall doesn't seem to have levelled any bit. The car park queue is horrendous! It's comparable to Hello Kitty queues at McD.

Ok, back to the food...

I love the appetizer ($3) served here. The honey cashew nuts are delicately sweetened and really crunchy.


We ordered the deluxe set menu for 4 pax ($198++). The set comes with Poached Live Prawns, Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Meat, Steamed or Deep Fried Live Soon Hock Fish in Superior Soya Sauce, Choice of 2 Dishes from Chef Recommendations, Steamed Fragrant Rice and Honey Dew Melon with Sago.

First up was the Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Meat. It's more like crab and fish maw soup with a few strands of sharks fin added in as an afterthought. Consensus was that the soup was a tad too salty for our liking.


The Poached Live Prawns were next on the table. The crustaceans were really fresh and poached to perfect timing - firm flesh that's bouncy and juicy. The soy sauce with spring onion shreds paired with the dish heightens the sweetness of the prawns.


Salted egg squid was our pick for the chef recommendation. This dish may not be much of a looker but the tender squid meat coated liberally with salted egg yolk dish is yummy.


Our other pick for the chef recommendation is the barbequed pork, one of daddy's all time favorite food. Imperial Treasure's version was pretty well received by the family. The meat is well-marinated and tender. Also, no complains of the meat being overly fatty here. In fact, it's quite well marbled.


We chose steamed instead deep fry for the fish. The "Soon Hock" is silky smooth with no fishy odour. The sauce for the fish tasted exactly the same as the dipping sauce for the poached prawns though.


I usually leave space for dessert, but I couldn't take more than 2 spoons of the Honeydew Sago - It's far too sweet! The dessert is like a honeydew slurpee - a blended mash of ice and honeydew which honestly, I would have preferred to chew the fruit.


Service was pretty slow even though the restaurant wasn't filled. There's a long break between serving of the dishes and staff take their own sweet time during payment. This was consistent with my previous visit. Do bring your patience out when patronizing Imperial Treasure Seafood.



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