Prawn and Chive Dumplings - Saigon Saigon

Saigon Saigon

20th September 2016 5.45pm

We fancied a bit of dim sum and whilst Saigon Saigon is in a prime position in the centre of the city, we’d never been in before. Inside sports typical Chinese restaurant décor and was filled with lots of tourists piling in with suitcases. Handy for Waverley I guess.

Roast Pork Buns - Saigon Saigon

Roast Pork Buns – Saigon Saigon

We were sat at a table and told if we were ordering dim sum there were a list of about 6 items that were sold out. This was a bit surprising considering the time of day we entered. Anyway, we perused the multiple menus but knew we wanted dim sum. We ordered two lots of roast pork buns (as they are my fave), prawn and chive dumplings, Vietnamese spring rolls and grilled pork dumplings. However the waitress came back to say the grilled pork was now also off the menu. She didn’t bring us a menu so we can re select, so we added a second lot of prawn dumplings to save further faffing. We also ordered two diet cokes which we had to chase twice and finally got them half way through our meal.

Prawn and Chive Dumplings - Saigon Saigon

Prawn and Chive Dumplings – Saigon Saigon

The food itself did come out in a timely manner. We started off with the prawn and chive dumplings. They were incredibly sticky and glutinous but very moreish. The flavours were good and the filling identifiable rather than just being a mush. The pork buns were amazing. Soft and fluffy with as tasty pork centre. These are quite filling but I am still glad I had three to myself as every mouthful was worth it. The Vietnamese spring rolls were a really nice surprise. I am not used to having deep fried ones but to my delight they were crispy on the outside but the filling was still pristine and bursting with flavour. It was accompanied by a great dip which was also brilliantly flavoured.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls - Saigon Saigon

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Saigon Saigon

Lots of the food being brought out to other tables from the a la carte menu looked and smelt great. Shame the service means we’re not so likely to head back when there are other excellent places for dim sum.

Food – 8/10
Service – 5/10
Atmosphere – 5/10
Value – 9/10

Overall 27/40

Would I eat here again? Unlikely

Cost £26 for 5 dim sum dishes and two diet cokes

Imperial Palace

21st February 2016 1pm

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

This place has been on the wish list for quite a while but as it’s not in the city centre it always got bumped down the list. However, we made a concerted effort to go and I am glad we did (and we were foolish to have waited so long). We arrived and were seated at a table for two but many of the tables here are set up for larger groups. The place was very busy for a Sunday lunchtime and many families had chosen to dine here. We had specifically come here to try the dim sum, although other Chinese cuisine is available. We had a handy order sheet so we just crossed off the boxes against the things we wanted. We opted for the dim sum combo platter for two, char siu buns and spare ribs in black bean sauce.

We happily chatted away but the food came relatively quickly and was unveiled with the lifting of the bamboo steamer lids. We started on the platter first. This consisted of king prawn dumplings, pork and prawn dumplings, gelatin meat and prawn dumplings, prawn and chive dumplings and gelatin meat and pork dumplings. Each of these had great, yet delicate flavour and even though had similar combinations of fillings, all had distinctive tastes. Then we made a start on the ribs. These were a little disappointing as although we know ribs don’t always have that much meat on, this was virtually non-existent. On the plus side, the black bean sauce was delicious. I saved my favourite until last. I adore char siu buns and these were an exceptional example of them . A sweet yet savoury fluffy outer layer protected a yummy pork filling. I could have eaten a good half a dozen of these rather than the more modest one. Overall, the amount of dim sum we ordered was just about right for lunch but you may want to think about ordering more for a dinner sitting.

Whilst the staff were very friendly, we did have to wait a little while for our bill. This can be forgiven as it was busy but 20 minutes is quite a long time to wait after asking, particularly when you are sat at the front of the restaurant. A minor blip in what was a pretty good meal.

Food – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 32/40

Would I come here again? Yes, most definitely

Cost £22 for the platter, two further dim sum plates and two diet cokes.

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