Fortunate Yum Cha Restaurant

28Mar08

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Fortunate Xin Fu Yum Cha Restaurant should be quite a familar name with most people, largely due to their heavily advertisements on TV. The other being Yum Cha restaurant which also did a lot of TV advertisements. Their main branch is located at Toa Payoh, with a second added at Intenational Building, Orchard Road (beside Lido Scotts) which i say makes it easier for patrons to visit them because of the accessible location.

Anyway, Fortunate Yum Cha is currently having a promotion, 50% off Dim Sum during weekdays 3-5pm, and i must admit that’s the main reason which draws me to the place.

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The restaurant is old-school traditional restaurant, with the decors your typical chinese restaurant style. When my buddy and I arrived at 245pm, we went into the place and browse through the menu until 3pm for the promotion to start.

We asked politely whether we can used the powerpoint for our laptop, but we were told they’ll charged us a fee of $5 per hour for the usage. This rather turn us off as we needed the laptop for some discussions, and we even contemplate leaving to find another place which allow us the use of powerpoint. But we decided to stay, have some dim-sum and get off.

Well, thats the main issue, if they had allowed us to use the powerpoint, I believe we’ll have stay longer and order more Dim Sum, but due to the fact that we aren’t allow to use, we order just about 7 Dim Sum between the two of us.

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Another issue which we encountered was that the staff told us that the Dim Sum promotion from 3-5pm will be only 30% instead of 50% which we saw on the newspaper, because the 50% is for Dim Sum during 8-10am. We accepted it without much questioning because there was still 30% discount anyway.

But shortly after that, when the assistant manager passed by, I inquire her on the promotion and she told me it was 50% during 3-5pm also. Well, speak of double standards.

Oh ya, and as the place wasn’t really crowded, they didn’t have their usual staff pushing the trolley around to offer Dim Sum. Instead, we ordered the dim sum, and they bring it to our table.

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Siew Mai ($4)

Like i said before during my visit to Red Star previously, I always felt the true test for a dim sum restaurant will be its Siew Mai, and the ones here are good! The prawn in the siew mai is big, real big!

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Prawn Dumplings ($4)

The Prawn Dumplings or more commonly known as Har-Gau, is also excellent. The skin of the Har-Gau isn’t too sticky like some of the one available elsewhere, one bite into the prawn dumpling, and you will get the result below!

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A big prawn inside the skin of the Har-Gau. Simply goodness!

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Fried Carrot Cake ($3.80)

The waitress came up with a stove and fried the carrot cake right in front of us. I suppose its not bad, at the orginal price of $3.80 i probably won’t take it again. But having 50% discount, i guess $1.90 isn’t that expensive considering we had 4 pieces of carrot cake.

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Char Siew Chee Chong Fun ($3.50)

Chee Chong Fun is always one Dim Sum which i’ll always order when I go to dim sum restaurant. No exceptions here, the chee chong fun is like your usual chinese restaurant one.

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BBQ Pork Bun ($2.50)

There is no problem with the char siew bun, the bun is good, but the only thing is if i’m not wrong, usually char siew buns come in 3 instead of 2? I got a feeling that because there was two of us so they served two buns instead of three? Maybe this is how Fortunate serve their char siew bun, can someone enlighten me on this?

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Pork Ribs ($3.80)

The pork ribs were not to my liking. N’uff said!

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Century Egg Congee ($3)

Usually i don’t really facny century egg congee, but since my buddy wanted some, so we order this to share. And to my surprise, the congee was not bad! But again, $3 for a bowl of congee is probably too high a price for me to order again, unless there’s a promotion again of course.

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Mango Pudding ($5)

The mango pudding was really ordinary like all normal mango pudding, and at $5 you can call me a miser, but I won’t pay the money for it. Simply its not worth the five bucks

Total Bill was $21.10 for 2 person, 7 dim sum, 1 dessert, chinese tea. The total price before the 50% discount was $30. I must say the dim sum at Fortunate Yum Cha is quite average, i’ll still prefer Red Star over Fortunate, but given there’s a 50% discount again, i won’t mind going back to Fortunate for some dim sum.

Service-wise you shouldn’t really be expecting any, and go during weekdays where there’s 50% discount. But then nowadays many other restaurants are offering 50% discount on their dim sum, such as Ah Yit abalone restaurant, and Tung Lok Seafood.

Fortunate Yum Cha Restaurant
360 Orchard Road
#02-01 International Building

” I love dim sum, dim sum love me “

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12 Responses to “Fortunate Yum Cha Restaurant”

  1. Wow! This place looks more posh that the Toa Payoh outlet.

  2. LOL! 30% off your dim sum means you get 2 char siew buns only instead of 3!~keke

    Thanks for the review…I quite suspected they’d be average only. Proven right.
    Might as well save up the money for a better place!

  3. I likey this place..!! not too ex either.. :) we never get such good dim sum here.. :(

  4. i realised too that promotions always come with a shrinkage in the portion. quite average dim sum there, from your description. will be looking forward to red star (fingers crossed!)

  5. ahhh you not lady! no wonder no scare fat!

    haha~ discount always bluff people one. :/

  6. 6 ladyironchef

    Hello PB: really? u been to the toa payoh branch ar? hows the food there?

    Hello Camemberu: Yeah i guess so. lol! after u been to cherry garden, everything else looks average. hahah!

    Hello Mama Bok: No worries, next time u come Singapore we go eat good food. lol!

    Hello Nic: Yeah, dim sum is average, mayb unless for the har gau and siew mai. But after 50% discount, and if you are not that fussy with the quality, i guess they are pretty decent.

    Hello jiaying: i never say i’m a lady. everyone just assume because of my nick LADYironchef. lol!! there’s no such thing as free lunch yea? so i suppose we take some and give some. hahaha

  7. I think the service staff got confused with the promotion. At the TPY outlet, its actually 50% off on weekdays 3 – 5pm, and 30% off on weekends… :)

  8. I love DIM SUM! :P

  9. 9 JOjo

    Hmm…Thinking of bringing a friend for dimsum but not too ex. Any recommendation?

  10. 10 ladyironchef

    Hello FoodieGymmie: Yeah, guess so, but then working there they shld at least be clear abt their promotions?

    Hello amelia: same same, i love dim sum too! next time go eat dim sum together. cheers

    Hello Jojo: Red Star? its not too ex, and i quite like the food there. Dragon gate restaurant at harbourfront is decent given the price of its buffet dim sum. otherwise if u got cash to burn, the dim sum buffet at cherry garden is really good (from camemberu”s post).

  11. 11 Lillian Ang

    enquiry on special function price for 200pax on 9th May 2009.

    Kindly quote best price

    Lillian Ang
    HP 98345457

  12. 12 Joey

    I went for dim sum brunch today. They actually served me pork ribs that were uncooked ! Contrary to what you mentioned. I feel that the Har-Gau was a clear case of a miss, as the prawn used didn’t taste fresh. Also , the prawn wanton was pretty bad , too cooked i guess ? The Century egg was not too bad , however at 3 bucks for a small bowl seem a lil too pricey. In the end , they redid the pork ribs and it was FOC. Though they gave me 10% discount, it worked out to be 30 bucks for 2 person. Certainly wouldn’t go back there again , it was a disaster :( I conclude that for dim sum , i would stick to East Ocean Teochew Restaurant ! Never Yum Cha !


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