Thursday, May 12, 2011

Celestial Court @ Sheraton Imperial Hotel KL

ahhhhh!!! Dim sum... two words that I could never grow tired of :) and I'm sure that most of you love having dim sum too. Everywhere you do, you'd notice dim sum shops sprouting in the neighbourhood, especially those frequented by the Chinese. However, there is a place where you could literally see our Muslim friends savouring dim sum too. Mind you, it's not cheap to eat at this particular place but hey, it's not that we eat dim sum everyday and if you have the moolah to splurge on some nice dim sum.. why not?

Celestial Court is one of those places where the Muslim can eat dim sum here in KL. As a matter of fact, I only know this place as the only halal Chinese restaurant :P where else ah?

Back to the topic - I love Celestial Court as the service was fast & attentive even when the place was almost full house. It was so spacious and rather quiet, one can enjoy a cup of Chinese tea and their dim sum without having to feel like being in a pasar! (Go to a normal dim sum place and you'll get my point) Not that I hate the noise but once in a while, I'd like to enjoy dim sum with the loved one without any distraction.

As usual tea would be served after placing orders - in this case it was Shui Xian tea. Dim sum session seems not complete without Chinese tea :) maybe it's just me!

Steamed prawn dumplings with bamboo piths (har kau la...) - one word.. huge! The prawns were huge and fresh nonetheless and we enjoyed it very much!

Steamed mini abalone with crab meat (siew mai) - epitome of what a good siew mai should be

Steamed buns with barbequed chicken - taste-wise alright but it would be perfect if it was pork

Spring rolls with shredded toasted duck, mango and mint - unique combination but I loved it nonetheless

Steamed juicy dumplings with herbs & spices (siew long bao) - thick skin and powdery. Din Tai Fung's version beats it by miles

Deep fried golden buns with custard & salted egg yolk - I expected the golden juice to ooze out when I tore it apart. To my dismay, it didn't.

Sauteed radish cake with pacific clams in XO sauce - wok hei is assured!

Freshly made rice rolls with prawns & water chestnut - fresh prawns but all of us had the same thing in mind.. overcooked! The rice roll's texture was mushy.

Scallop dumplings in "Eye of Phoenix" topped with salmon roe - no complain

Eight treasure glutonious rice in lotus leaf - one of the best version here in KL. I just love how the aroma from the lotus leaf infused into the glutonious rice.

Congee with scallops - smooth texture

Congee with seafood - ginger provided extra zing to the taste.

Leo's verdict - We were full to the max by the time we finished the dim sum session. Jenn's parents complemented on how good the dim sum tasted, albeit very expensive. I've gotta admite that people at Celestial Court have everything to make their dim sum sounds expensive. Although I admit that this place remains as one of my firm favourite places to eat dim sum in KL (the other one is Tai Zi Heen in Prince Hotel). Without my Starwood card, I would have paid a bomb here.

Celestial Court
Imperial Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-27179900

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2) My reviews are based on my personal taste and preference and therefore may vary for others.


Sean said...

tai zi heen at prince hotel also does halal dim sum! but i don't know whether it's better than celestial court's or not, heh :D
the salmon roe on the scallops in your pic is interesting. i don't think i've ever had salmon roe in dim sum before :D

UnkaLeong said...

There's this Halal Chinese restaurant at PNB building @ Darby Park. It was oklar by my tasted buds ;)

Hayley said...

I am a big fan of dim sum! Especially siew mai =)

Life for Beginners said...

The halal Chinese restaurant Unkaleong refers to is called MinMax (yes, really!) and it serves halal dim sum also.

This is the first time I've spotted mini abalone on siew mai though. Coolness! :)

Life for Beginners said...

Yikes! The comment I left here disappeared! Blame Friday the 13th, I guess.

But to recap: I've never seen mini abalone on siew mai (or indeed any other dim sum) before. Very unique! :)

thenomadGourmand said...

Ohhh now u got me craving for dim sum!!

babe_kl said...

Yums, I think with this I can safely come here to use up my coupons :p

Anonymous said...

There's one more restaurant where you can enjoy Halal Dim Sum buffet style. It's at the Inn of Four Seasons Restaurant at Holiday Villa Subang. I've been there twice. Quite reasonable price @ RM38 +10% +6% per head and eat all you can.