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While I was at work a couple Fridays ago, Mr. Kong, one of my readers who handles PR business for Dragon-i called up

“Sorry for the late notice, but would you be available for a food review tonight at Pavilion? There will be abalone.”

How could I say no to such invitation? After all, it’s not like I get to taste abelone abalone on weekly basis. I grabbed my gears during the extended lunch hours and headed to Pavilion right after work.

Dragon-i at KL Pavilion
Dragon-i’s flagship restaurant at Pavilion

I’ve actually reviewed Dragon-i at 1-Utama almost 3 years ago when it first came up, and been to quite a few of their restaurants over the years. However, this was my first trip to their flagship outlet at Pavilion. Together with me were a few other journalists and photographers from Sin Chew, the Star and China Press, as well as Mr. Kong, his wife, and the CEO of Dragon-i, Mr. Henry Yip.

Cold Dishes, Dragon-i at KL Pavilion
cold dish: five appetizers

Instead of ordering from the menu, we were sampling the special set menu available from 1st to 14th of September to coincide with Mid Autumn Festival.

First to come were the appetizers comprising five dishes. I absolutely love the chilled chicken with rice wine that tasted a little like steamed chicken but with an extra kick from the rice wine. We ended up having to order another serving of this. The edamame with bamboo shoots, while more commonly associated with Japanese food, was very refreshing as well.

Fried bean curd with shredded scallops was both sweet and crunchy. The sesame oil marinated cuttlefish was very fresh and had a very nice texture to chew on. While the cold minced spinach, traditionally prepared with another type of vegetable only found in China, was pretty interesting and provided another dimension for the set. A very interesting way to start our dinner, varying tastes and ingredients.

abelone, xiao long bao, Dragon-i at KL Pavilion
goose web with abalone, xiao long bao

Next up was the famous xiao long bao (Shanghainese meat dumpling) from Dragon-i, served steaming hot with soup within the dumpling. Dipping it with some vinegar and accompanied with some ginger is the way to go, very satisfying.

Abelone and goose web followed the xiao long bao. While I had braised abelone before, this was the first time I tasted goose web. The texture is something like a cross between chicken feet and fish skin (or fish lips you find in big fish head), very soft and slightly chewy while the taste was very good! However, it does taste a little “jelak” and hence they have the asparagus to provide a balance. Very nice.

aromatic duck, sichuan prawn, Dragon-i at KL Pavilion
aromatic crispy duck, sichuan prawn

I guess a traditional Chinese cuisine isn’t complete without duck. The aromatic crispy duck was as good as the one I had at Kensington, Seremban. However, at Dragon-i they served it in pieces instead, I personally still prefer the shredded version. The duck was served peking duck style.

Prawn sauteed with Sichuan sauce came next. It was nice to have something slightly spicy after all the previous dishes. The giant prawns were very fresh and according to Mr. Yip, sourced locally from Pantai Remis in Perak. I like the fact that they’re all peeled too! Again, a very delicious dish.

pomelo mango dessert, cirspy noodle, Dragon-i at KL Pavilion
pomelo mango dessert, crispy noodle with dried scallop and crab meat

The last dish in the main course was deep fried wantan noodle with dried scallops and fresh crab meat on top. I actually finished it despite having a stomach that was already pretty much filled. Crunchy and yet very sweet of the seafood taste from the seafood laden sauce.

Dessert was an over sized glass of mango puree mixed with sago and some fresh pomelo on top. Refreshing. A serving of fresh fruits followed, but I was already too stuffed to have any of it.

KL Pavilion Map

It was a very good dinner indeed, very very satisfying.

Well, this set meal for 10 is priced at RM 1388++, while half a table would be RM 688++. Not exactly light on the pocket, but then again it is fine dining. A box of moon cake comes free with the meal for 10 too.

More pictures of this review here.

Address:
Lot 1.13, Level 1,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.148872, 101.713368
Tel: 03-3224 0888

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Discuss : KY eats – Mid Autumn Set Menu at Dragon-i, KL Pavilion

  1. eh ky next time can bring me ar i think i actually count for half a person wtf can tell the management i won’t eat much wtf.

  2. the xiao long bao looks like siew mai…

  3. The duck web is something to look forward to cos it is not available in many restaurants around town. Definitely a must try for me.

  4. Is the Dragon-I in Pavilion more expensive than the other branches in other places like 1Utama? Cos I notice other shops there are more expensive than their respective branches at other places. The goose web is interesting and of course I’ve always like their xiao long bao.

  5. no way i’m paying 1388 for that. hahha

  6. aud,
    Haaaa! But I don’t even have your MSN or phone number! :P

    vincent,
    From that angle, yah. :D

    CK Lam,
    True true, very interesting.

    foongpc,
    It is their flagship restaurant with slightly different menu, and probably pricing.

    jt,
    Hahaha, ask someone else to pay. :P

  7. “A box of moon cake comes free with the meal for 10 too.”

    So, izzit each person can get one box of moon cake OR 1 box of moon cake 10 persons to share?!?!

  8. Abalone = ??
    Abelone = cibai

    :P

  9. sotong,
    1 box of moon cake for the table laa, you know how much a box of moon cake costs these days? :D

  10. RM 100+ for a person. Not too bad considering the whole abalone. That probably costs RM 100 in some places already.

  11. It’s abalone not abelone

  12. Huai Bin,
    That’s true, abalone is never cheap around here.

    eiling,
    Heheh thanks. :p

  13. i want the goose web! can order that alone without the abalone? hehe

  14. The mooncakes are yummy. I reckon I ate one whole box during the weekend, since we had nothing to eat at the office. Not too sweet hence they went down well. Are the dishes available individually?

  15. Anyone want to gather and go try?

  16. xin,
    I think so, not entirely sure though.

    boo_liciouskl,
    Wahh that’s a lot of mooncake for a weekend!

    Simon Seow,
    I already had! :D

  17. but how to give you here! privacy issues wtf are u on fb!

  18. aud,
    Put the correct email in the form laaa then can lorr. Only I can see that bah :D

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