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“Okay Yum Cha - Will come back again”

Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #91 of 130 Restaurants in Glen Waverley
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood, Asian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Okay Yum Cha - Will come back again”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The restaurant was packed on the Saturday we went. We made a late booking so were given a table close to the door. It was crowded, but I like the busy Saturday yum cha atmosphere. The place was buzzing, but you could still have a decent conversation. The food was your usual yum cha fare. The highlight was the egg tarts. Most of the dumplings were good. Nothing out of the extraordinary, but we didn't encounter anything bad either.

The service we had was minimal, but it wasn't a bad experience and I would go back again for yum cha. You do have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the dining hall so not good for those in wheelchair or will struggle to walk up a flight of stairs.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Melbourne
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Same place, much better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We used to visit the restaurant reasonably often, but as the service and food dropped off, so did we. Our kids took us their for Yum cha, and whilst the Decor is only marginally better, the food is 200% better. There is plenty of variety

  • Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A place for "yumcha"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We only go there for yumcha and have to say it's one of the best in town. We brought friends who are visiting from overseas to the Imperial for yumcha. We never tried their a-la carte menu, so can't comment on that. But for yumcha, being so popular, if you don't book (on weekend) you can't get in.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Sayang98
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Melbourne
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“New owners, new name, better atmosphere, food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Never go to a Chinese Restaurant on Mothers Day. Well we did and the Yum Cha and service was faultless. Imperial Chinese Seafood restaurant has now become our favourite Yum Cha restaurant. Fresh authentic dim sum and average prices for above average food. We used to go to the old Imperial Kingdom but the quality went down hill, service was appalling and the place was rather grubby. Has been renovated and the new management has managed to gather the best staff from other Chinese Yum Cha places. Normally you expect rather indifferent service but here it shines. We favour the steamed dim sum but normally have to wait 10 to 15 minutes waving away the fried stuff. Here the steamed offerings come out first.
We have been for Yum Cha several times with the new management and for dinner. The evening meal was good to. Those complaining may have experienced initial problems when it reopened. The Restaurant is clean and bright, food is more authentic than many Chinese eating places, definitely not over MSG'd and no sign of dead fish in the well aerated tanks and the service exceptional. They also have a take away bbq section downstairs for a quick takeaway home bbq duck, pork, Char Siu and soy chicken. Lunchtime noodles are also available.,

  • Visited May 2013
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“Yum Cha was great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

I'm rather confused by all the bad reviews this restaurant has received. I can't comment on the a la carte menu, but yum Cha was delish! I've been here several times, only for yum Cha though.. Although under new management, the place looks decent now.. It used to look really old and a big turn off to dine in.. I much prefer what they've done too it now. Yum Cha has a wide variety, fast, hot meals on wheels. The service received was great, they didn't try to rush us like many other yum Cha places which only give you a limited time frame. They were more than happy to describe each dumpling that was served on their trolleys.

Visited April 2013
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