My friend Albert swears by the Palace Group’s dim sums and is a regular at their PJ branch. He’s there almost every weekend with his family. With his recommendation, I told myself that I’d need to try it one day. That day finally arrived when Adelene returned from dreary old Perth for Christmas last year. I wanted brunch and she wanted to shop. So, we went to Pavilion KL where Palace’s newest branch is located.
The interior of the restaurant is very grand and spacious. I love the hanging crystal chandeliers which looked like sparkling beads of raindrops falling from the ceiling. Nice!
I was told that they are famous for their BBQ meat, so we started off with a mixed platter of Char Siu and Siu Yoke (RM14.00). The Char Siu was nothing to shout about but the Siu Yoke was glorious. Crackling skin and artery clogging. Great way to start the day I’d say.
Their dim sums were a mixed bag of good and bad. On the better end of the spectrum, we absolutely adored the Baked Mashed Sweet Potato Puffs (RM5.30). I wanna award whoever came up with this divine concoction of smooth and fragrant sweet potato paste encased in a soft crumbly pastry that melts in your mouth and topped with black sesame, with a special Monkeychelin star. Also on the top of our LOVED list was the BBQ Pork Bun (RM6.30), the true testament of a dim sum kitchen is often based on how good they make this and Grand Palace passed with flying colours. Their Deep Fried Yam Paste (Wu Kok – RM6.80) was a pretty sight and tasted good too.
Our trio of steamed dim sums were the Siew Mai (Pork & Prawn Dumplings), Ha Gao (Prawn Dumplings) and Choi Gao (Steamed Vegetable and Prawn Dumping) – all RM 6.80 – was your regular affair. However, the Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean (RM5.30) and Baked Egg Tart (RM4.80) didn’t leave a good impression on either one of us.
I won’t go all out to say I’d dine here every weekend like Albert would, then again, neither do I make as much as that fella. But, I really wouldn’t mind visiting this place every now and then for my yum cha fix. And I spotted fried noodles and La Mian on their lunch menu too.
Grand Palace Restaurant @ Pavilion
Lot 6.39.00, Level 6,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2143 1128