There are few restaurants at Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur that share the scene of “One shoplot two restaurants” – The Library Coffee Bar & Johnny Rockets; Dolly Dim Sum & Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar; Wondermama|WondermamaX. One of the newest opening, 多利點心Dolly Dim Sum seems promising, with stunning, WOW interior that attracted us to pay a visit.
Dolly Dim Sum specializes in pork free dim sum, together with main course such as fried rice and stir-fried noodles to complete the menu. Our good impression to Dolly Dim Sum gone once we stepped in, and things continued to go bad till we went out the restaurant.
The 6 points that make Dolly Dim Sum Restaurant becoming our “HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED restaurant list”:
1. We stopped at the front door of Dolly Dim Sum, not sure if we could go in straight away or wait to be seated. We stood there like “transparent human” to those staffs at the counter, and they were busy discussing something else in a clumsy state, ignoring us. So we decided to walk in on our own, then only they realize our “existence” , stopped us and brought us to a small table.
2. The restaurant owner may want to have a concept that draws lots of natural lights during the day, and allow diners to “dine under the stars” at night. oh-yes we love this concept too but they should design it properly. The shade works well to prevent customers from getting wet when it is raining, and grand you beautiful view at night. During a hot day, it makes us feel like we are sitting directly under the scorching hot sun. Do they know it is freaking hot and the glare of morning sun is so uncomfortable?
3. Putting aside the “sun problem” since it is unavoidable, there are seats which can at least provide some shade. No “reservation” tag and is empty. In So we requested if we could sit at any of those tables. And this was her answered: No, you can only sit here. (* her expression is just like: this is your place, so you sit here)
4. Fine. So we requested if we could move the table a little bit, as the direct sun glare is really uncomfortable. The restaurant is so spacious that we believe there is no problem even if they added another table in between, not to mention move a bit. And again, the staff answered so: No cannot. If you were to move our tables, then we will have no place to walk. You know we need to walk around here and there. (* The expression “this is your place, stop being so demanding” stayed).
Such a wide area and so many empty tables to cater customer need during the time, and she just said NO NO NO, and NO. If the restaurant was busy and packed, we would not request so. Train your staff please.
5. After order, another staff served Wu Kok (Yam Croquette) to our table. There was another plate of it on his tray. One of the Wu Kok slipped off the plate, and he used his bare hand, took the Wu Kok and put it back to the plate. OMG I hoped I didn’t see this wrong. Even if not wrong, can he don’t do this in front of the customers. It wasn’t hygienic at all.
6. Flies flying around, accompanied us throughout the meal. We started to doubt on their food freshness.
We found it so funny to have staffs that denied all customers request and asked customers to listen to them. Not wanting to have further argue, we sat down and proceeded to our order. Dolly Dim Sum menu choices were not as extensive as our usual dim sum places, but common choices such as har gau, siu mai, loh mai gai, loh bai gou are on the list.
Roasted BBQ Bun 叉燒包 RM8.00
One of the worst Char Siew Bao we had tasted. Bun was OK, fluffy soft, but the filling was just not up to standard. Some restaurant such as Grand Dorsett Subang churns out delicious Char Siew Bao even though is pork free. Dolly Dim Sum version is just bad. No gooey savoury-sweet, flavourful sauce coating the chicken meat. Instead, the sauce is over-sticky like glue. Do not order.
Yam Croquette 芋角 RM8.00
Dolly Dim Sum Yam Croquette was not too bad, but not so good either. In short, so-so. We were happy to munch in crunchy outer layer, followed by creamy soft mashed yam. Just, the yam layer was too thick, and the savoury filling inside is miserably little.
BBQ Chicken Cheong Fan 叉腸粉 RM9.00
We thought of ordering Scallop Cheong Fun in the beginning, as we thought it would be interesting to bite into plump, juicy scallop with silky smooth rice roll. Glad that we didn’t pay RM15.00 to order this, as the Cheong Fun (rice roll) itself had already failed at the very beginning – bland, not smooth, mushy. So, what is the filling in between became no longer important.
Har Gao 蝦餃 RM9.50
Har Gao is the better dim sum in Dolly Dim Sum. It comprised of prawn and dumpling skin, hence if they still failed on this, we had nothing to say. Luckily it tasted good with four reasonable size, bouncy fresh prawns wrapped within medium-thick dumpling skin.
Loh Mai Gai 糯米雞 RM8.50
Dolly Dim Sum Loh Mai Gai falls on very moist, sticky soft side. Good, is a bit too oily. Topping was generous, with huge chunks of chicken, mushroom and and abalone slice to complete.
Salad Prawn Dumpling 明蝦角 RM8.80
Prawn Dumpling deep fried to golden brown, delivering a crispiness from skin and chewiness from prawns for a texture contrast. A bit oily for our liking.
Our total bill come to RM74 for 6 dim sums, with one orange juice priced at RM12 (*which is rather expensive). To sum up, Dolly Dim Sum can actually be a potential place for pork-free dim sum in KL and Klang Valley. Ambience is especially superb, but the service and hygiene can be improved. We will not return until their staffs’ attitude gets better.
Write Up: Summergirl
Dolly Dim Sum
Lot G9 Ground Floor,
Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact: 03-2181 3830
Business Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm