Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dragon - i @ Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Dragon-i is a very large group of restaurants that needs no further introduction. Originating from Hong Kong,  they have been around for almost a decade now with nine outlets in major shopping malls across the Klang Valley and another three outlets in Penang, Ipoh and Johor Bahru. They mainly specialise in Shanghainese Cuisine. I have been to all their competitors outlets but today is the first time that I am visiting this restaurant. 

Dragon - i in The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

Lovely Lights Adorning The Walk at The Curve

The Entrance To The Restaurant

The Signage 

Entrance
We visited the outlet that is located at The Curve. This outlet is on the first floor and is at the far end where it connects with e@Curve. The restaurant has a small indoor seating space and a much larger outdoor seating space. Since it was not too hot this evening, we decided to be seated outdoors. 

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

Cutlery

Us Seated Outdoors
The above are just a few pages from their menu. Just like their competitors, their food offering is almost similar and it covers from items like Dim Sum, Noodles, some House Specialty Soups and some Fried items. Definitely the pricing is on the high side as it has a reputable brand name and hopefully, the food quality commensurates the price. Most of the waiters here are young guys, probably fresh school leavers and hence the professionalism is lacking.  

Coca Cola @ RM 4.50
The both of us had Coca Cola and it was charged at RM 4.50 per can which is way too expensive.

Winter Melon Tea @ RM 5.00
The other drink that we had was the above Winter Melon Tea which was priced at RM 5.00 per glass. The Tea was just okay and was not at all impressive. I would only rate their tea at 5/10 .

Orders Print Out

Edamame @ RM 8.00
Once the order has been finalised, they place the above print out on the table and as and when the dish is served, they strike out that particular dish from the print out. Honestly, it was not something that all their staffs followed and even towards the end of the meal, there were a number of dishes that were not struck off when the items had been served at the table. For starters, we ordered a plate of Edamame. It was good except that they should have served another small bowl for us to place the skin which they did not do until I had to request for one and that too was sent after a long waiting. I would rate the above at only 6/10 due to the not too great service. 

Xiao Long Bao @ RM 10.30

Close Up of the Xiao Long Bao
Their Xiao Long Bao was again just above average. I feel that this was much better at Din Tai Fung. It lacked flavours as well as the technique of wrapping was not up to the mark. I would only rate this at 6.5/10 .
Sweet Custard Bun @ RM 8.00
Their Sweet Custard Bun's were quite satisfying though once again it was not the best that I have tried. Nevertheless, it was good. The slack here was that the dough was just too thick and the filling slightly watery. I would rate this at 7.5/10 .

Meat & Vegetable Wan Ton Soup @ RM 14.00
For a change, this dish was good. Their Meat and Vegetable Wan Ton's were very well prepared and the soup that accompanied the Wan Ton's too were wonderfully flavoured. I would rate this dish at 8.5/10 .

Spicy Meat Dumpling @ RM 12.00

Closer Look at the Dumplings
This again was a very well prepared dish. The dumplings were perfect and the spicy sauce was loaded with minced dried shrimps which gave such a wonderful taste when consumed along with the dumplings. I would rate this dish at 9/10 .

Seafood Noodles @ RM 18.00
The above Noodles is one of their signature preparations and is available in a number of preparations. We opted for the above noodles in Fried with Seafood style. The Noodles is much thicker compared to the Hokkien Noodles and is flat and looks somewhat like Pasta. Nevertheless, the taste is different and it was really good. I loved the texture of the noodles that was so fine despite it being thick. I would rate this dish at 9/10 .

Ma Po Tofu @ RM 18.00

Ma Po Tofu @ RM 18.00
Ma Po Tofu is a Szhechuan dish and it should be one of those dishes that has to be spicy. That spiciness was surely lacking here and the taste was just mediocre. Not something that I was happy about. I would only rate this dish at 5/10 .

On the whole, it was not a very happy dining experience for me. Firstly, the food just just average except for a few dishes that I mentioned above. Secondly, the service seemed too basic and does not commensurate the price paid for. I for sure would be able to get better service from a roadside stall. The problem here is that most of their customer facing staff seemed like fresh out of school or they may even qualify as school-goers doing some  part time job to earn some pocket money. I don't think I would return here, at least not to this particular outlet.

Address: Lot 136 & 137, 1st Floor, The Curve,
                No.6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
                47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Telephone: +603 7728 6888 

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