Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner @ Grand Palace Pavilion KL

I had the pleasure to attend Imbi Palace Group's rebranding dinner, a really posh affair at their restaurant Grand Palace in Pavilion KL a couple of weeks back. It was a rather big banquet dinner with quite a number of bloggers and friends present to get a taste of what the restaurant had to offer. 

Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner @ Grand Palace Pavilion KL
Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner @ Grand Palace Pavilion KL

Grand Palace Restaurant
Pavilion KL
Business Hours Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 10.30pm
Sunday & Public Holiday 10:00am - 10:30pm
Reservations Tel: 03-2143 1128


One of the supreme Chinese cuisine companies in Malaysia, the Imbi Palace Group was first established in 2003. Today, the excellence of their food under the leadership of founder, Mr. Chin Hon Yin - a renowned chef from Hong Kong and the man behind Sheraton Towers (Singapore) who was awarded Best Chinese Cuisine for many years during his time there - and co-founder, Mr. Frances Lai, who possesses over 28 years of experience in the food supply industry. 

Double Boiled Cordyceps Flower with Top Shell & Fish Maw - RM28
#1 Double Boiled Cordyceps Flower with Top Shell & Fish Maw - RM28

The first dish which came out that wonderful evening was Grand Palace's Double Boiled Cordyceps Flower with Top Shell & Fish Maw. It was indeed a mouthful of really exotic and healthy ingredients, one which tasted great when put together. The combination of tender meat, chewy fish maw and fragrant broth had to satisfy almost anyone who tried it. 

The cutting of the Peking Duck for us
The cutting of the Peking Duck for us

Up next was the famous Peking Duck, which is to be taken with  “Momo”, the house-made thin pancakes, scallion, cucumber and specially prepared Hoisin sauce. The presentation itself had to be seen to be appreciated, as the chef expertly slices off the crispy skin in front of the crowd that night. 

Peking Duck, taken with  “Momo”, the house-made thin pancakes, scallion, cucumber and specially prepared Hoisin sauce
#2 Peking Duck, taken with  “Momo”, the house-made thin pancakes, scallion, cucumber and specially prepared Hoisin sauce
A closeup of the Peking Duck all ready to be eaten
A closeup of the Peking Duck all ready to be eaten

From what I gathered, Peking duck has been prepared in Beijing ever since the Imperial era, dating as far back as the Ming dynasty. How cool is that, no wonder it is so refined and tasty, I just could not get enough of this dish. The duck meat itself wasn't used much in this dish, as we mostly eat only the crispy skin. 

#3 Pan Fried Stuffed Scallops - RM14
#3 Pan Fried Stuffed Scallops - RM14

Our next dish for the night was another wonderful dish, the Pan Fried Stuffed Scallops. Stuffed with Banana Prawns from the Gulf of Carpenteria, the scallops were really tasty, and definately not enough for a big eater like me. I loved the simplicity of this dish, coupled with the freshness of the piece of scallop. 

#4 8 Treasures Truffles Chicken
#4 8 Treasures Truffles Chicken

Now this dish pretty much freaked me out the moment it was laid on our table. Presented in such a way that the head is elevated with the wings and body placed seemingly ready to fly out at you, I was taken aback at first. However, the 8 Treasures Truffles Chicken proved to be a delicacy in its own rights, stuffed with 8 types of Mushrooms infused with Truffle sauce. It was a tad too oily though. 

#5 Spanish Pork Ribs
#5 Spanish Pork Ribs

I think the Spanish Pork Ribs had to be my favourite dish that night at the Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner. Each of us got a really generous whole piece of rib, with a rich nutty flavour, enhanced by the garlic and herbs. The taste was slightly salty for some though, but I really loved the texture of the pork meat. 

#6 South African Dried Abalone (Promo – RM 88.00 per piece)
#6 South African Dried Abalone (Promo – RM 88.00 per piece)

Abalones, the ones presented to us were the South African Dried Abalone version, one which I would love to enjoy, but just can't enjoy fully due to my phobia of "fishy" tastes. The abalones came in this aromatic broth and accompanying wombok. The abalone itself was chewy, sticky and quite flavourful, in the "fishiness" type of way. If you are into abalones, you’d love this dish.

Chef Xiao Chen demostrating the art of noodle making
Chef Xiao Chen demostrating the art of noodle making
#7 Braised Noodle with Duck Meat - RM18
#7 Braised Noodle with Duck Meat - RM18

We were shown how Chef Xiao Chen made the noodles which made up the Braised Noodle with Duck Meat. It was a simple yet deliciously sinful dish, as the remaining meat from the Peking duck earlier was stir fried and presented in this dish. Again the dish was a bit too oily, but the taste just kept us going for more! 

Knife Shaved Noodles was served in a Pickled Vegetable Soup
#8 Knife Shaved Noodles served in a Pickled Vegetable Soup

More handmade noodles were in order, another which was Grand Palace's Knife Shaved Noodles served in a Pickled Vegetable Soup. The Ramen was shaved off a bowl of dough so none of them look identical, as demonstrated by another chef from the kitchen in front of us. I'm not too used to the width of the noodles though, but the pickled vegetable soup went really well with our taste buds. 

Snow Skin Mooncake - RM15.80
#9 Snow Skin Mooncake - RM15.80
Coconut Pudding - RM8
#10 Coconut Pudding - RM8

After all that good food, it was an awesome feeling to be served with desserts, in the form of their snow skin mooncakes and the really sweet and fragrant Coconut Pudding. I just loved the way how the chilled pudding was presented in these coconut, complete with the flesh and all. 

Yours truly with Janice at the Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner
Yours truly with Janice at the Imbi Palace Group Rebranding Dinner

Thanks to Imbi Palace Group and Mantra Interactive for the invites, as we really enjoyed the dinner. Here's to further success and loads of prosperity to the Palace Group, specifically to the Grand Palace Restaurant in Pavilion KL. 

The Imbi Palace Group currently have 4 outlets:
  • Mutiara Palace Restaurant, Mutiara Damansara
  • The Klang Palace Restaurant, Centro Mall, Klang
  • Grand Palace @ Pavilion
  • The Jaya Palace Restaurant, Menara LYL
A new outlet would be open next month, Palace @ Setia City in Shah Alam with banquet facilities of over 250 tables




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4 comments :

  1. Best food with best acompany..

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  3. thier food have all along been very good

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  4. Oooo...I hope Janice took a lot of the cordycep? Did you give her share to her? Good for general health well-being and makes body stronger.

    I love Peking duck...but everything else looks really too! Yummmm!!!!

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