For the gourmet traveler, the dining scene in Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia is very attracting. The whole city has turned into the food paradise and it has come into its own, above and beyond the mandatory tourist pit stop of Pantai Indah Kapuk (for café) and Jalan Sabang (for street food). In case you are looking for the beautiful yet authentic Chinese restaurant within the city, Imperial Lamian revamped its menu and bring a slick interpretation of traditional Chinese dishes. Some kind of dim sum also available here which is vary in prices and stunning in looks. Just mark your date and bring this guide with you before heading to the venue.
Currently, they own 4 outlets across the city. The newest venture which is located at the Neo Soho is really modern and clean. As you can see, the dark theme wallpaper meets the wooden furniture and warm lighting setup has successfully delivered you to a certain level of comfort. Even though, the whole dining area is always packed with people, each guest still able to secure their private time because of the spacing between each table is quite far. No one can exactly hear what you say and vice versa. What impresses me more is the friendly and responsive service during my visit at meal time. Clearly, redefine my expectations and whole dining experience here.
Start with the ultimate dim sum menu called Mushroom Pao with Pork Belly (IDR 18.900 / S$ 2.00). A unique Chinese dumpling in mushroom form stuffed with fragrant char siew and more garlic. It's light, pillowy, and flavourful. Even though it quite satisfied me, I still expect for more meat at the core. Because the ratio between that bun and meat is not even balanced.
If you are looking for something heavier and juicy, this Lo Mei Kei (IDR 24.900 / S$ 2.60) could be the idea. Featuring a steam glutinous rice with minced chicken and mushrooms. The rice is nicely executed without leaving the stickiness and softness texture of it while the meat is just rich and overloaded. Just add one tablespoon of chili oil for more flavor.
Still, on the dim sum menu, Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Roll with Shrimp (IDR 28.900 / S$ 3.00) is not bad, though. The crispiness of that skin is what I love the most along with juicy pieces of that shrimp. Just dip it nicely to the mayo sauce to make it taste even better.
Moving on to the main entrée. Almost every table would order Noodle with Sliced Beef in Chilli Oil (IDR 57.900 / S$ 6.20) since it tastes undeniably delicious. The smoothness of that noodle meet the juiciness of the row of meat, bathed in spicy beef broth would become your guilty pleasure. It's salty, smooth, and fragrant. I just love the numbing flavor of it that spice up my palate nicely. Seriously must-try.
If you are a big fan of chewy and tender meat bathed in a light soup, then Noodle with Stewed Beef Brisket (IDR 48.900 / S$ 5.00) could be your decision. Whenever you taste that soup, you can feel the richness of garlic and the sweetness of pork bone soup. Even that noodle has soaked up the richness of that soup and turned to be flavourful also fragrant.
You just won't leave this place without trying the Noodle with Minced Chicken and Mushroom in Spicy Sauce (IDR 39.900 / S$ 4.20). A magnificent thick noodle topped with thick gravy and juicy meat would transport you to the old-fashioned food stall in Southern China. It's rich, creamy and dense. Just lift it high and see how each strand tends to be smooth and chewy. The author's favorite menu all the time.
For the beverage, I do suggest you order Chinese Tea (IDR 8.900 / S$ 9.20 / person). Because it will remove the oily and fatty texture after feasting those meals.
Imperial Lamian is one of the must-visit restaurants in Jakarta. All menu is well prepared and consistently deliver a decent flavor. Knowing the options is a lot, do follow this guide for the best experience. Also, I do suggest you to reserved your seat before walk into the store. Because every day there would be more than 100 customers.
Neo Soho LG Floor
Jl.Let. Jend. S. Parman Kav. 28 - Jakarta 11470
Nearest area: Central Park, Tanjung Duren, Grogol
RSVP: (+6221) 27 893 374
10.00am – 10.00pm (Everyday)
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