Dim sum is great when you've got a craving but aren't looking to overeat. Dim sum is served in small portions so you can also indulge even with 2 diners, and the best part is that the bill surprisingly ends up being really wallet-friendly. You'd think that eating at a restaurant like this is reserved for special occasions, but nooooo, I had lunch there last week and only paid about $25 per person.
The other good thing about this restaurant is that they are super efficient. Service is brisk but genuinely friendly. Dishes arrived soon after orders were taken, and in quick succession. No worries about getting back to the office within the lunch hour. This really is the best place to have dim sum in the CBD area.
We started off with the Double Boiled Soup of the Day ($15) which was sea whelk with chicken. The sea whelk accented the clear and delicate broth with an umami taste.
The Steamed Diced Mushroom Dumpling ($3.80) is quite a treat for the health-conscious, what with the diced carrots and celery and greens stuffed into the chewy, translucent dumpling skin. The crunch of the vegetables and the chewiness of the skin made for a contrast in textures.
A close-up shot of the 3 main ingredients, celery, carrots and mushrooms, in the dumpling.
Imperial Treasure does this classic very well. The Pan-fried Carrot Cake ($3.50) is soft and moist, interlaced with julienned radish, dried shrimp and Chinese sausages for flavour and texture, with a nicely charred crust.
The Baked BBQ Pork Pastry ($3.60) is also commendable, with a buttery flaky crust and filled with a sweet and rich barbecued pork stuffing.
The Fried Banana and Red Bean Roll ($3.60) is like a twist on our local goreng pisang dessert, with a layer of crushed and sweetened red bean between the soft banana and crisp fritter.
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
8 Marina View
Asia Square Tower 1
Asia Square Food Garden #02-08
Tel: 6636 1868
Open daily from 11.30am to 10pm