Treasures by Imperial Treasure – New Yi Dian Xin Concept at Paragon Orchard

Treasures by Imperial Treasure – New Yi Dian Xin Concept at Paragon Orchard
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Imperial Treasure introduces a new “Treasures Yi Dian Xin” concept restaurant at Paragon Orchard, which serves up signature selections of the Group’s classic Chinese cuisine in a more contemporary setting to cater for a younger clientele.

The choice of location is not surprising – Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck which was twice Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (but fallen out of ranks this year), is just upstairs.

I was initially expecting a younger and more dim-sum focused take due to its name, branding and interior, but it seems like the concept and menu are not dissimilar to some of the other Imperial Treasures, or close competitors like Crystal Jade and to a smaller extent Canton Paradise.

Recommended dim sum dishes include Marcella Fungi Dumplings ($4.80), Deep Fried Porcupine-Shaped Buns filled with Red Bean Paste ($4.80), Crispy Stuffed Minced Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise ($4.80) and Crispy Mixed Fungus Spring Rolls ($2.80).

The chain will also carry the Group’s signature traditional Chinese Rice Dumplings made from fillings such as Lotus Paste, Pork and Dried Scallops, all year round.

Imperial Treasure has certainly sent some of its best staff down to hold the fort during the initial days – the auntie auntie type who know what the offerings are, and are professional in making recommendations.

“Am I blocking the light? … … Yes, many people taking photos these few days, more than before” Imperial Treasure seem to have upped their social media game, after being obviously absent from that field for the longest time.

In general, we enjoyed all the dim sum items, better than the average restaurant out there, but we couldn’t help noticed that the food portions were smaller than usual, especially that bunny, sorry porcupine.

Certainly fitted the bill of small and cute, and can I add crispy. But two pops down the mouth, and they were gone faster than the wind.

The Steamed Custard Lava Buns ($3.60) with a swipe of gold in the middle seemed to be taking a cue from some other black buns which made their rounds on Instagram. To be fair, the bun was fluffy, and fillings super hot and oozing.

Good stuff, but I wished for more.

For those who really cannot decide what ingredients to pair with your noodles, the 4 Treasures Signature Noodle ($10) would be a suitable choice – made with springy noodles straight from Hong Kong; accompanied by rich Pig Trotters, wantons, tender beef tendons and prawn dumplings.

It is expected that the tai-tais and families after shopping upstairs would come down for noodles, congee and tea. Yi Dian Xin serves quality dim sum, but I just wished for more treasures to come.

Yi Dian Xin – Treasures by Imperial Treasure
290 Orchard Road, Paragon #B1-08 Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 6262 3662
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30am – 10.00pm (Sat – Sun)

Treasures by Imperial Treasure at Parkway Parade (Opening in June 2016)
80 Marine Parade Road, Parkway Parade, #02-14/17 Singapore 449269
Tel: +65 6247 9218
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)

Other Related Entries
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Village)
Summer Pavilion (Ritz-Carlton, The Millenia Singapore)
Lukyu Teahouse & Restaurant (Chinatown Point)
Victor’s Kitchen (Chinatown Point)
Joyden Treasures (Kallang)

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Comments

  1. Service is horrible!!! Staff can’t differential fish congee with bone or without.
    Low quality of food
    Foods are salty and flooded with oil.
    Ruin the whole imperial reputation!!!

    • Cecilia: I agree with you too! Both on quality food and the service!

      This is my review:

      Porridge is watery, the ones at the hawker centers are 100% better. The fried porcupine with red bean paste is only attractive because it looks cute. Taste wise, it’s dry and not satiable.

      If this is your first time there, note that you need to pay for using the wet towels. They make no effort to write Anywhere that you have to pay to use those, which is very schemey because they lay it in front of you like it’s free to use. So far all other restaurants I’ve been to that provide those give it for free. Perhaps I haven’t been to enough greedy schemey restaurants.

      Finally, their staff is weird. I had a finished plate and the waitress would stick her hand in front of my face (while I’m eating!). I had told her to wait until I’m finish. Otherwise, ask before you reach. When they brought the bill, she held on to it and hovered. What the heck?! Who does that?? I was hesitant before reaching for my purse. I wanted to tell her to give me privacy. I joked that I felt pressure but I don’t think she understood English that well. Anyway, I paid quickly and left, the whole experience felt uncomfortable and cheated. Staff was passively rude and in your face!

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