Summer Palace is really quite a big restaurant with many tables. After realising that the two HK chefs would make the effort to make new dim sum creations every season, I thought it’s somewhere that I would like. Indeed, the presentation of some dim sum is really pretty and isn’t expensive at all.
The steamed lobster dumpling was the star dumpling I thought. Actually it’s taste is pretty much expected but I think the presentation itself is already a winner. The dumplings look really dainty. The skin looks like jade while the caviar makes it look even more high class. Skin is really well made, moist and not sticky. Yums.
Chocolate fried sesame ball. Actually found this quite oily and I would prefer sesame paste in it instead as it would be more fragrant then.
Glutinous rice roll with mango. I love this dessert but would have preferred more mango in it! The glutinous rice texture was springy and not too thick while the coconut shavings made it quite fragrant. There seems to be a little bit of fragrant spread in it; think it may have contained butter as it doesn’t just taste like glutinous rice and mango only. Delicious.
On the whole, summer palace serves really good and exquisite dim sum that doesn’t cost a bomb. Only paid $30 per pax and we were already full! As the menu is seasonal, I would definitely return to taste the chefs’ new creations. I believe the chefs take on dim sum is to make them into dainty, attractive high tea snacks which I really like as it whets your appetite even more.
Verdict: An excellent restaurant (Must go and revisit!)