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Lucky Room Eighteen @ Midvalley Megamall

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Oriental specialties at affordable prices in a trendy setting.

Room Eighteen is the latest addition to established eateries in Mid Valley Megamall Mall and another outlet to the Tai Thong Group of Restaurants illustrious list.

I glanced through the extensive menu, with over 150 dishes to choose from.

Senior Restaurant Manager Tan Chia Hong, is a Penangite who migrated to the big city in pursuit of a career in the food and beverage industry. He recommends some refreshing smoothies to start us off as we nibble on homemade titbits, unlike any other I’ve ever tried.

Nothing goes to waste at Room Eighteen and these crunchy nibbles are made from excess dumpling skin and meat floss that’s seasoned then deepfried to a crisp. Spicy and savoury, it showcased the creativity of Room Eighteen’s Hong Kong and Guangzhou chefs.

Terry (Red FM Drive) as usual provided lively banter as we sipped on our drinks.

I had the house specialty Iced Orange Tea while the others opted to make their own smoothies with flavours like Mango and Blueberry or Mango and Kiwi.

Room Eighteen’s PR Executive Lim Yik Chia introduced the dishes one by one as they arrived.

From the Fried Dim Sum menu, we tried the Green Onion Pie.

This was a savoury version of cinnamon buns with chopped scallions lining each layer.

Next, the Deep Fried Papaya Custard Puff.

The pastry was very textured and flaky, with a sweet, creamy filling with a hint of papaya.

We joked about the World’s No. One Baked Bun, filled with sweet roast meat.

A lively conversation followed about the name of the bun, and the name of the restaurant. “Why the number 18?” I asked. “In Chinese, 18 is a lucky number,” explains Lim. We will do our best to showcase this, especially in upcoming promotions that will be focused around the number.”

I bite into the fluffy Steamed Custard Bun filled with velvety salted egg yolk and sigh.

I was neither 18, nor was I born on the 18th and Terry is quick to remind me.

“You’re not 18!” he exclaims. “Neither are you!” I say, and shut him up with a Custard Bun.

The most popular dish of the evening was no doubt the Xiao Long Bao.

Lightly steamed, with Chinese Herbal Soup encased neatly in a delicate skin, it was delicious. As well as other familiar favourite dim sum items like Har Kau and Siu Mai, you can also have heartier dishes like the Seafood Congee with Meat Ball and Century Egg.

A combination of Japanese, Jasmine and Gluttonous Rice is boiled for up to 3 hours, and the result is a flavourful porridge with a variety of toppings.

Meat lovers will love the BBQ Three Combination, a wonderful selection of roasted meats.

Roasted Char Siew, Siew Yuk and duck.

We also tried the Thai Style Hot and Sour Noodle Soup, with stringy vermicelli in clear, fragrant broth.

I loved the Fresh Prawn Wonton with Noodles in Hot soup.

My personal favourite dish of the evening was the Steamed Rice with Spare Ribs.

A meal in itself, the ribs were succulent, complemented by the tasty, moist rice.

We tried a variety of desserts. First, the refreshing Sweetened Sago with Watermelon and Aloe Vera.

The tower of Blueberry Ice Blended threatened to topple as we dug in to reveal a creamy vanilla ice-cream centre.

The Sweetened Black Jelly with Mixed Fruit arrived without the jelly, but we enjoyed the icy cool freshness of the chopped fruit and sauce.

Conversation throughout the entire night was dominated by numbers, and luck and how we would wangle our way back for upcoming number 18 promotions.

Room Eighteen is a great place for a quick working lunch, or a longer, lazier meal. I liked the bright colours, and the large pictures of food decorating the walls.

I liked the friendly staff, and I liked the skillful and creative dishes that are on the menu. Whether you’re feeling like sticking to your traditional favourites or branching out for more adventurous modern Chinese dishes, Room Eighteen has it.

Don’t wait till the Eighteenth to head down there. Now is as good a time as any!

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RM 108 to Rom Eighteen @ MidValley Megamall.

Room Eighteen

Mid Valley Megamall

Lot G(E)-009, Ground Floor

Mid Valley City

Lingkaran Syed Putra

59200 KL

+6 03 2938 3311

Written by alyredfm

December 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Posted in Reviews

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