Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dim Sum @ Silk Road, Plaza Athenee Bangkok

I am not a fan of Hong Kong Style Dim Sum in Bangkok ever since I had my last at the over-priced and mediocre Dim Sum at China House in Mandarin Oriental (supposedly one of Bangkok's best places for Dim Sum). However I decided to give it another try at Plaza Athenee’s Silk Road while waiting for May’s Canadian Visa.

Silk Road

The restaurant was offering an “all-you-can-eat” Dim Sum for THB 799 but we opted for the ala Carte menu instead. The menu was very traditional and served mainly standard Dim Sum dishes that can be found in almost any Chinese restaurant. Nevertheless we ordered quite a few dishes to try.

I was happy when their super sized Har Kow (Shrimp Dumpling) arrived expecting to bite into generous portions of tiger prawns. But this wasn’t the case because the filling was a huge shrimp ball that contained chunks of prawn meat that is mixed with pork fat, fish meat and cornstarch.

Shrimp Dumpling

The shrimp ball was actually very good but it got too repetitive when we found it in every seafood Dim Sum we ordered. The first was our Steamed Snow Fish which saw the shrimp ball topped with just a slice of the snow fish.

Steam Snow Fish

Curry Crab Leg included the shrimp ball but this time with a small crab leg sandwiched in between.

Curry Crab Legs

Steamed Sea Bass was also a ball but instead of shrimps they mixed it in with minced Sea Bass meat.

Steam Sea Bass with Brocolli

We also had their BBQ Pork Bun and Baked BBQ Pork Pastry. The BBQ Pork filling wasn’t as flavorful as the one’s found in KL and the bun wasn’t as soft.

BBQ Pork Bun
BBQ Pork Bun

The pastry of the Baked BBQ Pork Pastry wasn’t as flaky as I would like and lacked BBQ Pork filling.

BBQ Pork in Pastry

Steamed Cheong Fan (Rice Noodles) with Fish was something I’ve never had before but it was definitely forgettable. There wasn’t much fish inside and the rice noodles were tough on the edges and a little chewy.

Flat Rice Noodles with Fish

Siu Mai came last and was my favorite among all the Dim Sum we had. They were big and had the right amount of pork fat and meat.

Siu Mai

Dessert didn’t save the disappointing meal with our order of Ginko Nut Dessert Soup. Served in a Thai Coconut the dessert soup was way too sweet.

Ginko Nut Dessert Soup

We were a little disappointed with our food. With a head chef from Hong Kong we were quite shocked at the quality of the dim sum dishes especially when most of the food we ordered were pretty standard. It also lacked creativity on the chef’s part for having the same shrimp ball in most of his Dim Sum dishes.

Food: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5
Ambiance: 3.5/5
Price: $ (Under USD $15 per person after 50% discount as Starwood Privilege Member)

Contact Information
Address: Plaza Athenee Bangkok, Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: (66)(2) 650 8800 Ext. 4340
Web: www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/dining/index.h...

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