Saturday, September 24, 2011

Canton-i @ 1Utama Shopping Centre PJ

Canton-i needs no introduction - for those who are familiar with KL's dining scene, they would know that this restaurant is another offspring of the people behind the highly successful Dragon-i chains. While the latter offers Shanghainese cuisine (including xiao long bao), the former serves Hong Kong style cuisine. I've been here countless times until I lost count and I rarely blogged about it as this place has been blogged to death! Given the fact that I only ordered a dish or two everytime I came here (and most of the times the same dish all over again... yes I'm predictable), I didn't feel like writing any post.

Until now - when there were more than 2 diners (4 this time and in this case, my in-laws), it meant more dishes and not the same boring post. Its interior was mostly white with Oriental theme.

Most of the time when there's elderly around, a pot of Chinese tea is a MUST - in our case, a pot of Oolong priced at RM10 per pot.

A huge lemongrass fan - how could I resist ordering the lemongrass with iced jasmine tea? A bit pricey at RM10.80 per glass though!

Deep fried pork intestine and fish congee (RM11.80) was shared between all of us. The intestine and fried fritters were served separately to ensure their crispy-ness.. how thoughtful! As usual, the congee's texture was silky smooth and flavourful which won the elders' approval.

Apart from that, we also had the 3 combinations of roasted meat (RM32.00) - char siew, roasted duck and siew yoke. I found that all the 3 meats were good - just enough to be shared among us.

However, the siew yoke stood out from the other two - I love its crispy skin plus the 50/50 ratio of lean and fat meat. Crackling sound could be heard once I took a bite on the delectable meat.

Grilled eggplant with special meat sauce was definitely another dish worthy of mentioning. My love affair with eggplant started during my university years. I just loved how this aubergine plant absorbed all the flavours that are used to cook this dish. The sauce was flavourful but not too salty and I could taste the sauce with each and every bite of the eggplant.

Braised garoupa belly with garlic and pork belly (RM32.00) was another hit - the fresh & flaky garoupa meat combined very well with the sinful pork belly.

To balance our rather heavy dinner, we ordered the stir fried lotus roots with celery and macadamia nuts (RM16.80).

Leo's verdict - to be honest, I had better and if you asked me, I could even mention which place with the best char siew, siew yoke and roasted duck. But then, those good places are quite far from where I live. Plus you can get all 3 varieties under one roof. For the prices, the dishes are definitely not cheap but it's convenient (inside a shopping mall) because it's near my place.

G-208, Ground Floor
1-Utama Shopping Centre
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya

1) I'm not paid to promote/endorse any particular event, restaurant or person in this blog. ALL are based on my unbiased personal opinion.
2) My reviews are based on my personal taste and preference and therefore may vary for others.


Hayley said...

I tried the one at Penang, they have the same entrance decoration, which attracts me! hehe ;)

Sean said...

i remember coming here only once, but it was so late at night, they had run out of siew yok! i figured i'd return someday, but haven't managed to! :D

Rebecca Saw said...

I dont mind Canton -i occasionally. But when in 1U, Dave's pasta is my default choice! :)

babe_kl said...

This is a place we go on a regular basis :D nice choice

UnkaLeong said...

I seem to be having more and more of Canton-I nowadays, because they are in one of our malls.

Quite like the porridge they serve there ;)

Jobless Girl said...

I still prefer room 18 porridge compare to this one.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I don't fancy Canton-i...because the service pisses me off. Food also not that great. But I agree's convenient, especially now that you have your two little "bao bei". :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

like the pig's intestine porridge here, but the prices are expensive la. my colleague and i ate nearly RM100 for lunch, and it was just a simple meal! woah.. :P