Dimsum Brunch at Eest, Westin

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, November 24, 2008 | Published in


Gosh! I think I'm eating too many buffets nowadays! I have to stop spending my hard earned money on all these lavish buffets. Not only are they not doing any good to my pocket, they are also not doing any good to my figure.

Last Saturday, I went with a group of friends to Eest at Westin Hotel, KL for dimsum buffet brunch. I normally don't go for dimsum buffet, prefer to have it ala carte. But my friend tempted me with a 50% discount offer, so off I went!

It was my first time eating at Eest, so I did not had any expectations of it. It was a sit down buffet, meaning we simply ordered as much as we want from the menu and the food would be brought to us.

That's the beef dumpling on top left, followed clockwise with dragon beard prawn ball, xiao loong bao or Shanghai dumpling, shrimp and chicken dumpling with fish roe and har kau or cyrstal prawn dumpling.

I have to say, they were pretty average. The xiao loong bao was not good at all - certainly not their specialty as there were no soup oozing out of it! Although I do not consider the xiao loong bao I ate at Dragon-I restaurant to be very good, they were certainly ten times better than the one I ate here!

These wu kok or taro dumpling were filled with scallop and chicken, but I did not like it either. Maybe the skin were too thick and the ingredients inside too little.

When I saw the mini egg tarts with caramel and banana on the menu, I was very eager to try it! I thought it was special as I have never eaten banana egg tart before. Unfortunately, my first bite of this mini egg tart disappointed me. Maybe I should not expect it to be as good as those from Canton-i or from Tong Kee, but still, I had expected better from an expensive restaurant like Eest!

OK, I have no idea what all the items here are called, except for the egg tart (same as the ones in the photo above) on the bottom left. They were pretty average tasting, no wonder I forgot the names!

Now I really don't know if it's just me, but I did not seem to have any praises for the food here so far! How could it be that bad? But all my friends agreed the food were just so so.

We called for a few more dishes like chicken feet with XO sauce, pan fried turnip cake also with XO sauce, Hong Kong styled chee cheong fun and bean curd skin rolls but I was already too lazy to take any photos as I didn't like any of them! I am not a fan of chicken feet so no comments there! The turnip cake was a bit too salty. The chee cheong fun tasted average, so were the bean curd skin rolls. Nothing was above average to me! What a disappointment!

Looking at the menu, I was hoping the dessert would turn out to be different. We called all the dessert items on the menu and hoped for the best.

There were 5 items. They were, clockwise from top left - mango pudding with white chocolate and black olive, mochi ice cream, bubur cha cha, double boiled fragrant pear with Vietnamese tea, and sticky rice with fresh mango and coconut ice cream.

Of all the 5, the sticky rice with mango and coconut ice cream was the worst! If I had hoped for this dessert to be as good as the popular ones I had in Bangkok, then my hopes just melted down the drain! I could not believe an expensive restaurant like this could come out with such a poor quality dessert! Look, I did not even bother to take an individual photo of the sticky rice!

The mango pudding was slightly better. Yes, only slightly. The top part was too creamy and sweet! I could not taste the mango in it, so much for calling it mango pudding!

This mochi looked good at first sight. But biting into it and tasting the green tea ice cream inside, I thought it would have been much better if they offered us just green tea ice cream instead!

The fragrant pear in tea dessert was quite good. It was cooling and refreshing and provided a good contrast to all those fried and baked dimsum.

The bubur cha cha turned out to be the saving grace for the desserts. It was one of the best bubur cha cha I have ever tasted! Delicious and not too sweet, with lots of yam and potato cubes and sago in it, I was really satisfied with it.

In fact, I dare say the bubur cha cha was the best food I tasted in the 3-hour brunch, which started at 11.30am and ended at 2.30pm. Even though with the 50% discount, the bill came up to RM50 per person which was not worth it considering the quality of food they served!

(42) Comments

  1. Victor Kiu said...

    those dessert look great!! so without 50% discount will be RM100 per person?? Gosh!!

    November 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM
  2. Anonymous

    That's pretty steep price for dimsum considering the food quality's not great. They didn't do justice to my fav green tea ice cream by stuffing it into a mochi...I prefer just eating the ice cream alone.

    Btw, I sent you an email on the voucher. Thanks again :)

    November 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    You are so darn rich man! Ha =) You looks like a ardent buffet-goers huh. But...this time around the food doesn't look really yummy o.

    November 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM
  4. Anonymous

    good one! so, it's not worth going at all aye? u should try the dimsum at equitorial, really nice!

    November 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM
  5. Pete said...

    The wu kok sure looks funny. I would go for the dessert!

    November 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM
  6. foongpc said...

    victor kiu, yes luckily we have the 50% discount, otherwise I would want my money back!!

    my bug life, yes very expensive! I also prefer the green tea ice cream alone. In fact we asked them if they could give us just the ice cream, but they could not. Will never go there again! Thanks for the reminder - your voucher is on the way! : )

    tekkaus, haha! No, I'm not rich lah. Notice I only go to those buffets with 50% discounts, except for Jogoya. Since I am a big eater, buffet suits me well : )

    November 24, 2008 at 12:51 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    xin, it's totally not worth going at all, not even with the 50% discount! I will give the dimsun at Equatorial a try next time! : )

    pete, yes, funny and not nice! Even for the desserts, only bubur cha cha is nice. Not worth the price at all!

    November 24, 2008 at 12:54 PM
  8. day-dreamer said...

    Wah, you always go to buffet, and get 50% discount summore!

    But I'd rather go to those ala carte restaurant that serves better quality food, haha.

    November 24, 2008 at 1:12 PM
  9. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, yes I like buffet. But I think I want go for ala carte, cos too much buffet makes me sick! You are right - ala carte usually better quality food, but I'm a big eater, so it'll end up being more expensive. LOL

    November 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM
  10. lina said...

    lucky you are paying 50% off, but then after 50% discount also so expensive.

    Lucky you lah, everytime go out for makan, can get 50% discount. :D

    November 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM
  11. foongpc said...

    lina, yes even after 50% discount, still expensive! Actually, you can also get 50% discount, you just need to have lots of friends with different credit cards and hotel membership cards. And each time one of those credit cards and hotel cards offer 50% discount, your friends will notify you. That's how I ended up enjoying so many discounts! LOL

    November 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM
  12. Anonymous

    Lesson learnt :
    "Just because it's expensive, it doesn't mean it's good..."

    Maybe the discount is to get rid of "old stocks"?

    November 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM
  13. TZ said...

    Yummy!... Dude, i'm drooling now when i read your entry... no good lah... Dim sum is my favorite :p

    November 24, 2008 at 4:09 PM
  14. lina said...

    moral of the story:
    make sure you keep in touch with friends so that they'll remember you when want to go out for makan. hehehe

    November 24, 2008 at 6:07 PM
  15. Anonymous

    Don't think any looks good. Westin? High class...should be able to do much better than that!

    November 24, 2008 at 9:21 PM
  16. HappySurfer said...

    Food here is so-so only but go to Prego, their Italian Restaurant. The food there is much better.

    For dim sum, I still like it at the Chinese restaurant (Xin) in Concorde Hotel.

    November 24, 2008 at 10:54 PM
  17. Anonymous

    That was quite a disappointment plus expensive! Sometimes a small restaurant serve better tasting food than the expensive ones. I love Chinese Dimsum though, I can eat it everyday.

    November 24, 2008 at 11:04 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    cashmere, I would expect it to be reasonably good since it's a restaurant in a prestigious 5-star hotel. Some people even told me it was a good place to eat. Well, it's a real disappointment!

    tz, oh you like dimsum? Then better go to cheaper places like the popular shop in Damansara Jaya near Atria.

    lina, haha! You got that right! : )

    November 24, 2008 at 11:46 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    suituapui, exactly!

    happysurfer, thanks for the recommendation! Will give Prego and Xin @ Concorde a try next time! : )

    babette, yes a real disappointment! You like dimsum so much? I'm not a huge fan, so won't be able to eat it everyday, maybe once a week OK : )

    November 24, 2008 at 11:50 PM
  20. Johnny Ong said...

    judging from this review, i can forget abt trying the dimsum brunch at westin. thks for paying that RM50 ..... saved my trip and money hehe as this place was already in my listing.

    now, i can erase it

    November 25, 2008 at 1:12 AM
  21. foongpc said...

    johnny ong, now you know how useful my blog is. Haha!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:25 AM
  22. Preston said...

    It looks fab-u-lous!! Why wasn't I there with you??? Yummmmy

    November 25, 2008 at 1:57 AM
  23. acura said...

    RM 50 is pretty steep considering the quality of the food. I expect better from Westin. Better luck for your next buffet spread then haha

    November 25, 2008 at 2:21 AM
  24. Monica said...

    I just had dim sum @ Damansara Jaya near Atria..not bad!!! :-D

    November 25, 2008 at 3:29 AM
  25. LifeRamblings said...

    the dim sum doesn't look alluring to me. :(

    November 25, 2008 at 7:31 AM
  26. Angie Tan said...

    Hmmm.. Dim sum buffet... I don't think I'll expect much from that if all the dim sum is displayed out in the open.

    November 25, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    ooohhhhhh you always have the most fun at these restaurants! I love the tarts and mango pudding. I want to go eat where you eat! I adore green tea ice cream!

    November 25, 2008 at 9:56 AM
  28. eiling lim said...

    I think you have been having too many 50% off buffet nowadays. Many tend to overeat at buffets and then only to regret it later... The food looks nice but perhaps looks are deceiving. Lol...

    November 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM
  29. Anonymous

    oohh i love dimsum! but RM50 per pax is a tad too expensive!

    November 25, 2008 at 12:12 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    preston, fly over to Malaysia and I'll bring you there! : )

    acura, yeah, I expected better from Westin too. Haha, I do need the luck for my next buffet spread! : )

    monica, yes that dimsum shop is much better and cheaper too! : )

    life ramblings, it doesn't, does it? Maybe also partly because I didn't take good shots of it : )

    November 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    angie tan, no the dimsum is not displayed in the open. We order from the menu and they were brought to our table.

    health nut wannabee mom, then you must come over to Malaysia for a holiday. Lots of good food over here! : )

    eiling, I think you are right. But it's so tempting when friends invite me for buffets and tell me I only need to pay half the price.

    cbenc12, yes, I don't think it's wise to eat dimsum buffet, better eat it ala carte, cos you get full easier with dimsum and may not eat a lot : )

    November 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM
  32. Mariuca said...

    Hola Foong! You’ve been invited to my Award Gala! Congrats! :)

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 PM
  33. Mariuca said...

    Oh I oso laik bubur cha cha, but yup, very hard to find nice one nowadays! :)

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 PM
  34. Anonymous

    I love dim sum..

    November 25, 2008 at 4:43 PM
  35. Anonymous

    As always, my desk is wet with my saliva...

    November 25, 2008 at 6:33 PM
  36. tr3nta said...

    This shots really open my appetite...

    November 25, 2008 at 9:40 PM
  37. twosuperheroes said...

    oh man, foong...!! Another buffet?? Haha... Really salute you and your tummy lah.. :p

    November 25, 2008 at 11:07 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    mariuca, thanks for the awards! I will check it out ASAP! : )

    keeyit, then go eat dimsum! but NOT at Eest : )

    neo, haha!

    tr3nta, thanks! : )

    twosuperheroes, hehe. May be going for one more buffet this coming Sunday! Can you believe it? Hopefully my last buffet for this year!! : )

    November 26, 2008 at 1:11 AM
  39. MaricrisG said...

    Aaahhh!!! Too much yummy food- makes me hungry! They really all look delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful wonderful food!

    Btw, hopping over here from Healthnut wannabes blog- come by and say hello sometimes! :)

    November 26, 2008 at 9:04 AM
  40. Bengbeng said...

    u really leading the good life. when i see the quality of the food u eat, wow :)

    November 26, 2008 at 11:36 AM
  41. Anonymous

    People recommend huh?
    I guess, different people have very different taste.. The next person who tries prolly would say that it's nice.. Anyway, your review will help other people.. =)
    I personally wouldn't want to try it.. LOL!

    November 26, 2008 at 6:57 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    zen ventures, thanks for dropping by! Will visit your blog : )

    bengbeng, I don't think I'm living the good life. But I try to : )

    cashmere, well, sometimes it could be a different chef working at the restaurant so the food could have been good the last time. But i don't think I will ever go there again! : )

    November 26, 2008 at 8:48 PM