One of the rules I have in life is that when you find a good place to yum cha (or rather from my point of view, eat a bucket load of steamed dumplings) – you stick to it. And this is the case with Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant.
(Pork spare ribs in black bean sauce)
According to my blog, I first went to Imperial in 2009, and basically it has been our favourite yum cha haunt since due to a really good balance between food (excellent), price (not too expensive) and service (waiters are actually attentive and are not rude ever.)
(Prawns in soy milk skin)
Since about a year ago, Imperial went through a transformation. It dropped Kingdom and added the word Seafood to its restaurant name (I’ve always wondered how you have an imperial kingdom – turns out I’m right, you really can’t.) It seems to now focuses its dinner menu on live seafood. It was completely redocorated (posh much for a suburban Chinese restaurant) and had a change of management. More importantly though, the dim sum are still as good as ever.
(Garlic chive dumplings)
And wouldn’t you believe it – THE SERVICE IS FANTASTIC. I know. I’m still shell shocked. A large suburban Chinese restaurant where no one throws at the menu at you and the waiters seem like they really want you to be there and that they want you to have a great time? Wow.
(Prawn rice noodle rolls)
Anyway, suffice to say, really good dumplings – espcially the steamed variety (except the congee – still pretty average – always been average and yet I always order it, I just can’t help it) out in the burbs and definitely worth a visit. As all popular yum cha places in the Eastern suburbs, always book on the weekends.
(Salt & pepper white baits – fish AND chips!)
(prawn siu mai)
What is everyone’s favourite yum chan place?
Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Address: 546-554 Waverley Road (cnr Blackburn Rd) Glen Waverley, VIC
Phone number: 03 9802 6787
How to get there by public transport: Train to Syndal station on Glen Waverley line and 1 km walk (there are also buses from the station but what do I know about buses?)