29 Dec 2010

Elegant Inn, Menara Hap Seng – my Hong Kong Dim Sum lunch!

Hong Kong Waxmeat Rice (Lap Mei fun), touted as the best in town; - RM68.00.

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And I concur ;-) .
I lapped up my little bowl of carbs below; enjoying the cuts of decadent imported goose livers, waxed duck & chinese sausages.

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2 items that were particularly memorable for me were the slices of creamy & slightly bitter goose liver & the rice itself.
Loose firm grains scented with heady chinese wine and yet non-oily (that’s a very important criteria for me), the lap mei fun was delicious to eat especially with the crunchy bits we got from the bottom of the claypot.

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There are already quite a number of reviews on Elegant Inn. And mostly positive ones. I had to add my 2 cents worth of course.

Elegant Inn’s entrance, on the 2nd floor of Menara Hap Seng.

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The reason why it took me so long to visit was due to the impression I had that the food here are way too exorbitantly priced. However, when a close friend & fussy food connoisseur Paranoid Android gave his stamp of approval for the dim sum here, I readily set aside a budget & started seeking company to accompany me for a dim sum session.
I am admittedly a fuss- pot & a scrooge to a certain extent, but I will pay for good food.

The dim sum menu: Offering over 40+ choices of impeccably prepared dim sum.

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Surprisingly it wasn’t THAT overpriced. Slightly higher than the norm yes, but in all fairness, prime ingredients were used.

I believe everything on the table plays a role in an overall dining experience. For dim sum, the condiments is just as important. I mean, you would be flavouring your each morsel of dim sum with it right?
For a  restaurant of Elegant Inn’s level, I would be disappointed if I was served bottled sauces. Thankfully it didn’t taste that way. I reckon that their sauces are made in-house. Anyhow, there wasn’t much need for them, as all the dim sum were scrumptious on their  own.

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My litmus test of any self respecting dim sum outlet is the BBQ char siew pau – RM6.60 (3 pieces).

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Sadly, the ones here didn’t quite hit the spot for me as it was way too sweet!

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The Har Kau (Shrimp dumplings) is next. RM8.80 (4 pieces).

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This was better. I totally approved of the thin translucent skin & crunchy prawns.

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Another highly recommended item was the Australian Scallop Dumpling, RM14.00 (4 pieces).

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Each morsel consist of a sweet juicy scallop ontop of some crunchy prawns. Delicious.
If I had to be nit-picky, then my only grouse is the slightly thicker than necessary skin.

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Another personal bar I’ve set for dim sum outlets would be for the fishballs. I love mine firm yet with a slight resistance before giving way between my teeth. The balls has to taste strongly of fish & with a low ratio of flour to fish meat. Elegant Inn’s Homemade fishball – RM6.00 (3 pieces) ranks a fair 6/10. I thought it was a bit rubbery in texture.

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Watercress Meat Dumpling, RM7.00 (4 pieces).

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Juicy & absolutely luscious. The clear flavourful soup reminded me of the soup in ‘xiao long pau’.

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I love my tubers, oh yes I do.

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Beautiful “filigree” effect of the batter for the Taro Pouch – RM6.60 (3 pieces) bears testament of the deep frying skill of the Chef.
The fillings differs from the ones in the BBQ buns & I was thankful for that, as it is pretty common for dim sum outlets to maintain the same filling for both their yam pouch & char siew buns.

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Crispy Vegetable Rice Roll – RM14.70 (3 pieces).

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This is an innovative twist of the humble chee cheong fun, where the flour skin wraps crunchy vegetables with deep fried Vietnamese netting. Put one in your mouth & savour the contrasting textures.

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Avocado Fillo Pastry – RM12.00 (3 pieces). I ordered this but was way too stuffed to have any by the time it arrived at the table. Everyone loved it though, so it can’t be bad.

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Hasma Egg with Almond Cream – RM18.00.
Yay! I love almond cream. :yahoo:
The version here is a bit “toned” down from its usual pungency but that is understandable considering that almond cream is an acquired taste.

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Ginger Soup with Black Sesame Balls – RM6.00.

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Icy Longan with Sea Coconut – RM6.00.
Refreshing, just as expected.

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Fresh Australian Mango Pudding – RM10.00. This was one of Elegant Inn’s signature desserts.

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Elegant Inn is currently running a RM118.00++ set lunch for their Shanghainese Hairy Crabs promotion till the end of season. Seems to be a pretty good deal for crab-by fans!

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Elegant Inn – Dining area which excludes a very typically Oriental feel.

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For small groups, there is a cosy, “secluded” area for more privacy.

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Below: More comfortable chairs too ;-) .

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Al fresco dining? No problem. There is an outdoor dining area as well!

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As with all higher -end dining restaurants, it is always advisable to dine in a group which allows one to sample a greater variety & of course to share the cost! Our lunch for 6 totaled up almost to RM300 inclusive of taxes & other cost such as the below:

Titbits – Nuts RM6.00.
Towel – RM9.00. (seriously, I don’t think we should be charged for wet towels!)
Tea – Kuan Yin – RM15.00.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block
Menara Hap Seng
Jalan P. Ramlee
50250 KL

Tel: 03 – 2070 9399
Fax: 03 – 2070 9398

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29 Dec 2010

Baby Sumo says:

Nice meeting u Rebecca!

Your photos turned out real nice despite the poor lighting at our table :)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hey it’s been good meeting u ovr “yum cha” too! Hehe.. you are certainly not how I expected! ;p

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29 Dec 2010

lotsofcravings says:

rm50 per pax is about right, i had the same impression about this place too, expensive! so looks like dim sum prices are alright but i probably still wouldnt dare step in for dinner!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Same here! For the chinese style fry, I’ll probably stick to the “normal” establishments, probably not fine dining places like this. Unless, of course, I can be convinced that the chinese fare here is worth the moolah!

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29 Dec 2010

J the chocoholic says:

Ooooh. Looks good!
(The taro has me drooling – love that!)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hey, we never dim-summed before hor???
You knw that place that won the TimeOut KL award? A Little Dim Sum place? Good ar?
I mean.. it won an award.. ahem… ;p

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29 Dec 2010

Michelle chin says:

I loved the scallop dumplings! They had to be the best I had. the char siu bun is rather disappointing though.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

I know! so basic thing fr a dim sum house but they cant get it right???

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29 Dec 2010

Sean says:

ooh, i wonder if they serve the lap mei fun during non-dim sum hours (aka dinnertime, heheh). i haven’t had one with goose liver before :d and i know it’s not the best comparison, but whenever i think of lap mei fun, i can’t help thinking of bibimbap (my FAVORITE korean dish!) and paella (my favorite for spanish), heheh!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

I knw wht u mean Sean! I like my ONE MEAL bowls too ;p
Lap mei fun is served during dinner! Haha.. I asked cos I’m here now havin lunch!

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29 Dec 2010

RunningAndrew says:

the chee cheong fun looks unique!

RM9 for wet towels….but only 6 of u o.O? mahal LOL

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rebeccasaw Reply:

I know right! Then the RM6 for nuts that was just sitting on the table!

But food was good.

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29 Dec 2010

Baby Sumo says:

lol how did u expect me to be?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Old, plump, motherly. Wahahahahah!!!

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27 Jul 2012

Jules says:

I cant wait to try this place out – recommended by Cheng Yi and now yourself too :-)

Dinner is on the cards next weekend I think! Cheers.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hi Jules! You’re coming back! :)
I hope it’s as good as the previous times I went. Mine wasn’t a review so I guess it’s standardised for both reviews and “real-customer” dining. Let me know if it’s up to your expectations :)
Also if you want to catch up for some burgers, let me know :)

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