A.. rather unique name.. looks like they want to be part of the “i” (apple) family… yet. Want to be as discrete as possible, they shift the “i” to the back of their actual name. :P
Dragon-i is a Malaysian based Chinese restaurant, the company name Dragon-i Restaurant Sdn Bhd was established in 2004, with its first outlet opening in Mid-Valley Megamall. The restaurant, appears to operate in a concept similar to Crystal Jade, where there are other outlets under the main family umbrella, target at selling specific specialities. The one visited? Dragon-i La Mian Xiao Long Bao (noodles and dumplings). There was a Canton-i just diagonally opposite, specialising in Cantonese Congee (porridge).
Well, the friend wanted to have Xiao Long Bao.. And how fortunate we were to be walking past Dragon-i at that point in time. Oweing to the lunch crowd, there was short queue we had to follow. Thankful for diners who had their meal and left almost immediately after, our wait was not too long. We had decided on what to order whilst queuing, allowing us to order our food, the moment we got our table.
The Xiao Long Bao (RM10.30) comes in “baskets” of 4 pieces of dumplings each. One look at them dumplings and, I was already biased against them. The dumpling skin looked too thick and gave a flour-y feeling. The presentation of the dumplings alone, left much to be desired. DTF wins, hands-down. Biting into the dumpling, I slurped up the soup first. I did not like the skin much, but the pork meat was acceptable. The friend found the meat to have a sort of “weird” taste.
The plate of Beef La-Mian (RM18) arrived before I finished my dumplings. Instead of the usual, flat Hor Fun type noodles, here we had thicker version of noodles, one which they term, “La Mian“. So thick were the noodles, it was like eating chunks of fish cake…. -.- Nope. I did not quite like the idea. I liked the tender beef meat, well cooked. There was also enough taste and wok-hei in the dish. Enjoyed these most, not to mention how much of chilli I added to spice up the meal… :P
Our other order of Zha Jiang La Mian (RM16) took forever to arrive though. After waiting for quite a while, I got curious and asked the friend, why, did the staff turn over our order chit? That move usually means that all the dishes have been served. We picked up the order chit and, true enough, everything on that chit was striked off and we saw no record of the La Mian we had supposedly ordered.
ALAMAK. All that wait… for dunno what. Of course we immediately waved a staff over to include the La Mian and asked how come it was not in our original order. The staff who took our order insisted that the dish was not in the list, when he repeated our order to us. Is that so???? We both thought we heard all the dishes right…. HMM.
Anyway… so. Our wait began again.
Yet another disappointing dish. The Zha Jiang La Mian lacked the flavour that we are used to in DTF. Bleah..
We left the restaurant, with the only credits given, to their efficient service. Food wise, I had a better experience at Canton-i, which I patronised whilst in Penang before. Doubt we will be back to Dragon……
@Dragon-i, City Square Shopping Centre, JB