Jalan Imbi area is served by a number of eateries and you may be spoilt for choices. Nearby, off Imbi, you will find an authentic Hong Kong restaurant, nice ambience, grand and it served a good selection of yummy dim sum in the late morning and seafood for dinner. By the look of the pictures we shared when we were back in Singapore, my fren who did not join us for dim sum but had dim sum at Subang Jaya with his relative instead gave the thumbs up judging from the meal we had at IMBI Palace compared to what he ate.
The place was like a grand ballroom with high ceilings and pillars, a huge seating capacity with plenty of tables (mind you Sundays may be packed) and the dim sum spread was plenty to choose from. This sizeable restaurant is situated at Jalan Barat, off Jalan Imbi. From the outside it looks like an old warehouse but when you stepped in, you will be in for a surprise that the restaurant is spacious and impressive. You will feel relaxed with ample space from the neigbouring table to enjoy your dig without feeling jam packed which you may have to put up at most dim sum restaurants.
Noteworthy, most diners appeared to be locals which is a plus point that the bills will not be exorbitant touristic prices. My colleagues nodded in approval.
We actually went there for breakfast on a Saturday but it was not opened until 11.30am (except Sunday starts at 10.00am) and we decide to come back for lunch instead.
As we all sat down, I requested that we needed just to order a few but immediately one caught hold of the Siew Yoke (roasted meat) that looks like Tung Lok servings and that became our first order and the rest just rolled in. The siew yoke skin was crackling good but the fat portion was more than the meat. When the waitress served the dishes, it was too late that the orders we made were presumably too much given the choices we had. Pei Dan Chuk and another porridge which was supposed to be fish and seafood ended up with pig intestines instead but it was tasty and good. Nothing much to write about dim sum as usual, har kow, siew mai, cheong fun, xiao long pau, beef la mien, lor mai kai, siew yoke, beancurd skin wraps etc...but actually the variety is much more, very authentic Hong Kong styled dim sums with praises from everyone.
Just the twelve of us, less four who did not join ate that much through lunch. My fren chorused in that the food is as good as the ones in Hong Kong. We spent RM298.40 ++ = RM343.15, quite expensive actually but when you average out it works out to RM28+ per person or SGD12.00 per person but of course we had two kids with us inclusive. At this price, it includes desserts for almost everyone, throwing in two cold hashima, mango jelly, avocado soya milk etc..,.,.
My verdict: Impressive restaurant though not traditional enough without the push trolleys but everything else was good. The Siew Yoke (roast pork) was very good with crackling crispy skin and this was at RM14 x 2 plates = RM28.00. The rest we almost called 2 trays or plates each and certainly that was a lot for lunch. If you need a place to go on a weekend to whilst away the morning, this is recommended, JUST DONT ORDER TOO MUCH LIKE US !!!!
IMBI PALACE RESTAURANT
NO. 8 Jalan Barat
Off Jalan Imbi
Business Hrs Mon-Sat 11.30am - 10.30pm
Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00am - 10.30pm
Other joints include:
Grand Palace Restaurant @ Pavilion on Level 6 of Pavilion KL
Jaya Palace Restaurant on the Ground Floor of Wisma LYL No 12 Jalan 51A/223 46100 PJ Selangor