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.
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)
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