This is the first time I have been to Imperial Chinese Restaurant since the new owners have been on board. In the past, I have found it to be a family styled Chinese restaurant with a solid reputation. However I am disappointed with my experience under the new management. I don't want to go into a rant so I shall keep my opinions succinct and as objective as possible.
The main reason that it was a disappointing dining experience was the quality of the food. We ordered a free range steamed chicken as my brother in law who had previously dined there not so long ago recalled it to be a succulent juicy bird. What we got was best described as odds and ends of bits of gristle, skin and bones. We ordered a whole chicken but upon inspection, our bird was distinctly missing vital parts of its anatomy, namely the breast bit. It seemed like it comprised of several backbones hacked into shards. Half of the dish was inedible as it was just a plate of bones and skin. The disappointing part was the management's handling of the feedback. He was rather defensive and stated that a free range chicken is suppose to be lean. Yes, that is true, free range chicken is low on fat but it would not be totally devoid of meat ie musculature. The chicken parts he gave us had barely any discernible flesh. Also a free range chicken is implicitly a happy chook which makes for a tasty chook. Our chicken parts looked like it had served a life sentence in a gulag. It did not have the nice yellow colour that is typical of free range hens. The manager went on to suggest that we ate all the meaty breast bits to then only complain that there was no meat. I think that accusation left more of a unpleasant taste than the chicken itself. Humph!
The pork belly with preserved vegetable hot pot was really salty but we were hesitant to raise this as we did not want to appear like universal whingers. Plus we were so hungry, we ate it anyway.
|Xtreme salt - pork belly hot pot|
|Fried rice riddled with peas|
|Calamari - stock standard execution but compared to the other dishes, it was considered good|
Pei Pa Tofu - good
Seafood hot pot - ok
Seafood basket - done v well with a julienned potato basket, the way I like
|Comp soup - it was ok - no major objections.|
If you are seeking Chinese restaurant for the family, you may wish to check out our reviews of Peninsula; Walrus; Gold Leaf Burwood; Mei Jing and East Empress
Until next time..