The last time that S was back (erm, yah, it was quite a while ago :P), she had a dim sum craving and I couldn't think of anywhere good to suggest so we ended up trying this place.
Our first impression of the restaurant was not a good one - at the relatively early hour, there weren't that many people there, but the people who were there were mostly tourists. Hmm, not a good sign :S
We ordered some of the usual suspects : Prawn Dumpling (Har Gow) $4++ :
Century Egg and Lean Meat Porridge $2.50++ :
BBQ Pork Rice Flour Roll (Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun)$3++:
and Sesame BBQ Pork Pastry (Char Siew So): $2.50++
I find the pricing here very inconsistent - the har gow at $4 for seems a bit much, but char siew so at $2.50 for 3 is pretty reasonable. We thought $2.50 was really cheap for a bowl of porridge, until it arrived - it turned out to be a tiny bowl! The size of a small rice bowl! No wonder it only cost $2.50...
As for the taste, it was generally mediocre. The har gow was not too bad, with pretty fresh prawns. Char siew so was quite good, porridge was normal and chee cheong fun tasted like it had been sitting there for a while (i.e. a bit tough).
We also ordered some more interesting dishes : Sesame Prawn and Mango Roll $3.50++ -
and Steamed Carrot Cake with Dried Scallop $3.50++ -
Well, at least the menu *said* there was dried scallops... from the picture, you can tell there were barely any. But it was kinda refreshing having steamed carrot cake instead of the unhealthy fried type - not too bad actually. Prawn mango roll is a pretty recently invented dim sum dish which is now pretty much a staple in dim sum restaurants - the one here was not too bad.
Pretty big pictorial menu with some interesting dishes (steamed fish otah dumplings! steamed mini goose liver xiao long bao!)... well, interesting sounding but I'm not sure if I'll try them coz I'm pretty traditional when it comes to dim sum :D
The service here was quite slow and it wasn't easy to get the wait staff's attention despite the fact that the place was not that crowded. But service was amazingly fast when we asked for the bill using this device on the table -
Probably won't come back here again - food is not that great and not that cheap, and service is pretty crappy. Bao Today is a much option I reckon...
Yum Cha Restaurant
20 Trengganu Street
Tel: 6372 1717