As a family we are always on the look out for new places for yumcha, so when my mum and dad asked me if I wanted to check it out with them I was pretty much first in the car.
This is the second Imperial China, from the restaurant in Chinatown. On the out skirts of Watford it's easy to find and there's plenty of parking. If you're coming for dim sum I think they serve until 5pm on week days not too sure on weekends. Staff are friendly and very efficient and the restaurant is really tastefully decorated.
The dim sum we had was fantastic, and my mum, dad and aunty are not ones to throw around praise if it's not deserved. I think we may have found a regular haunt here.
03/04/2013- It was freezing cold last night and we wanted to go to a restaurant with parking close to the door. We stopped at this restaurant that we have passed many times on the A-41, only to end up wishing that we would have kept driving or walked a mile in the cold for a better place to eat.
We ordered the all you can eat menu for £17.50 each. You choose two starters and two main courses and if you finish them, they'll bring you something else. Well that's the theory anyway.
In practice, we waited around 25 minutes for the appetisers to appear. I ordered hot and sour soup and minced vegetables in lettuce leaves. The lettuce was great- the minced vegetables were some kind of concoction of canned corn and various other vegetables that tasted like kitchen rubbish. I ate the lettuce. The soup tasted like a strong brew of soy or maybe bike tires. When I mentioned that the vegetable dish wasn't very good to the waitress, she didn't even look my way. Oh well.
It took another 20 minutes for the mains to arrive and honeyed pork chops turned out to be thin slices of rubbery pork stewed in a sickly liquid. The sweet and sour prawns were okay and had a few fresh vegetables in with them. The rest was inedible.
We won't be going back and they are now switching it to a buffet restaurant. I guess because they can't speed up the service.
The waitress was arrogant and the staff seemed to be more interested in chatting with each other than interacting with the customers.
My view on this restaurant? Give it a miss...
I drive past this place on my way to work everyday and have often wondered what it was like seeing as its in an odd position right on the A41. Well I was nearby on a Saturday lunchtime when myself and my fiancee decided to try it out. The first impressions were great, from the pergoda's and a little bridge over a koi carp pond leading to the door, to the front desk and friendly staff. I did wonder whether it was going to be all style over substance but upon entering the restaurant we discovered it was full of Chinese families eating, always a good sign. The prices seemed a little high but I guess the decor has to be paid for somehow. We decided on the set menu for 2 as it made a quite expensive menu extremely good value. The food was very nice, although the set menu had all the standard Chinese classics like crispy duck, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken etc... they were all very nice. I was therefore going to give it 4 stars. However about an hour after we left the restaurant both myself and my fiancee found ourselves suffering from an almost unquenchable thirst seeing as no alcohol had been consumed I found this odd. That was until we both realised why everything had been so tasty, the food must've been absolutely packed full of MSG, a side effect of which is thirst, and judging by how ridiculously thirsty we were they mustve used loads of the stuff, hence only 2 stars.
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