I visited this place last weekend with the friend from Mumbai who had flown in on work but stayed on for some culinary trails. Among our various firsts was Joy Luck Moon in Select City Walk. More by accident than by choice, since every other place we went were packed on Sunday afternoons. The roll up outside the restaurant announcing their dim sum festival had some inviting pictures; me and T immediately pointed out which ones we would love to order. A steamed meat dumpling in banana leaf and another steamed mandarin fish.
Eventually we were called in and given a seat. The interiors were slightly crammed for my comfort but then I didn’t mind as long as the food was good. With childlike excitement we proceeded to place an order for what we had in mind, but alas, the very first dish we asked for was ‘not available’. That is such a let down. The waiter, however, was non-chalant throughout and rattled off ‘not available’ a few more times while we tried to order. Eventually, we settled down for the Steamed Mandarin Fish, Prawn Sui Mai and Seafood fried noodles.
During the waiting time, we noticed how the place stank. Another problem with crammy places, I certainly don’t want to smell what people in the neighboring table have ordered. Anyhow, the waiting time was not too long thankfully. Both the starters were good, although I have had softer sui mais before and this one might just have been a reheated one. The flavours were mild just like I like my seafood. The Mandarin steamed fish was especially liked by both of us, it was a first steamed fish cake for us and we liked it. The seafood noodles came in soon after, however, were the oiliest noodles I have ever had. Not that it tasted bad, its just that we had it with much trepidation since it was so dripping with oil.
The service continued to dissapoint till the very end, we asked for water repeatedly but nobody seemed to pay any heed especially once the food order was delivered. Overall, an avoidable experience.