Thursday, September 10, 2009

Review: Foh San Restaurant, Ipoh

Review: Foh San Restaurant, Ipoh



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Foh San Dim Sum is one of the famous dim sum in Ipoh where it is always pack every single morning no matter weekends or weekdays, public holiday or not. Now, Foh San Restaurant has a new branch, a specially built three-storey with a little vintage element in the interior design at Jalan Leong Sin Nam.



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Since it is new and some of us are quite excited to dine in the new building, we decided to head there one morning when a friend came back from KL and demanding for dim sum. Vivian and I reached there around 6.10am and it has yet to be opened but there was already a crowd waiting at the front door. Quite a crowd I would say and we were surprised that it has yet to be opened because the old outlet opens as early as 6am most the time.

The workers are having their breakfast still when it was open for customers and some just finished fast, cleaned up and gave way to the customer. And the ground floor was full within minutes and then only the upper floors are open for more customers. Since we reached early, we managed to snag a table downstairs while waiting for the rest to arrive.



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The environment downstairs is just normal because the interior design is quite simple and not much decoration. We didn’t manage to go upstairs but we did catch a glimpse and saw some nice decoration upstairs. Maybe there would be a next time where we would like to head upstairs instead. And as usual, waiters and waitressed buzzing around getting orders from the customers and customers having their meals quite quickly and soon enough there was already people standing around waiting for tables.

When everyone arrived at our table, it was time to feast and surprisingly, whatever that I remember Foh San having small portion when it comes to dim sum is not true anymore. If my memory serves me right, I remember Foh San dim sum is quite mini in size, like mini bit size but at this new outlet, everything seems quite a generous portion. Definitely very mouth-watering even by just looking at the dim sum.



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I personally recommend the usual; pork dumpling, prawn dumpling, BBQ pork bun, glutinous rice, etc. It was all good and we were surprise that the prawn dumpling actually hiding three big prawns inside of one dumpling, we actually took two plates or was it three? Not to forget the egg tart is good, too; very smooth. Other than the traditional dim sum that we normally had, Foh San offered quite a new range of dim sum; I would use the word, modernized.



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Also another surprise, the price ain’t expensive. For example, one plate of pork dumpling cost only RM3 which is considered as reasonable for the big portion and the fresh ingredients. And the total bill came up to only approximately RM70 for five of us. The service there can be considered as not too bad as it is really very busy so it is not easy to actually get a waiter or waitress if you want anything.

When we were leaving at around 8am, it gets even busier with more cars stopping in front of the restaurant and more customers pouring in and out. Of course, like what the old Foh San is infamous for, there are getting more people standing around looking at you feast hoping that you would just finish the food faster and leave as the sun goes higher. Foh San business is still as good even in the new outlet.


Rating:-

Environment/Ambience: 8 /10
Food presentation: 8/10
Food taste: 7 /10
Service: 5/10
Price: 8/10

Overall rating: 7.5/10

Location: 51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Website: http://www.fohsan.com.my

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