February 02, 2017

Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant Opens New Branch At Great World City

Glad that the city is getting hot and steamy! Not talking about the weather of course lol!

Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant has opened a new branch at Level 1 of Great World City, offering diners another location choice for its hotpot meals besides the outlet at Ion Orchard.

Though the branch at Triple One Somerset which I went sometime back has already closed, it stayed in my memory as one of the better steamboat experiences in Singapore.

Most of my friends feel that Imperial Treasure Steamboat's price point is on the higher end. The meal can come up to quite an tiny sum if there are ravenous appetites to satiate.

Just the soup base alone ranges from $17 to $28, with choices including Century Egg & Parsley, Seaweed & Kelp, Pork's Bone with Tomato & Potato, Satay Flavor, Traditional Pork Bone, Sichuan Spicy, Healthy Chicken, Ginseng Chicken and Imperial Drunken Chicken.

The Authentic Pomfret Soup which requires advance order is at $68.

Who would disagree that the flavor selection is indeed diverse! Each soup is prepared daily from scratch and simmered for hours.

Between our choices of Traditional Pork Bone and Healthy Chicken, we prefer the pork for its richer broth. The healthy chicken was, well, a tad too healthy and light.

We need to complete the soup base with our choice of meat, seafood, vegetables, and handmade meatballs for more flavors. Options are mind-boggling.

Thankfully, Set Menus are available to save us of spending too much time mulling over what to order. The $98 and $118 set are good for 2 person to share, while the $188 and $248 set are suitable for 4 person.

Our $188 Set consisted of a Soup Base (additional $10 for a twin-flavor pot), 2 types of Meat, 2 types of Noodles, Deep-fried Beancurd Skin, Deep-fried Sliced Yam, Deep Fried Soon Hock Fish, Live Prawns, Cuttlefish, Fresh Prawn Paste, Beancurd Skin Roll, Fresh Shrimp Wanton, Dried Beancurd, Silky Beancurd, Assorted Vegetables and Mushrooms.

We added ala-carte orders of Luncheon Meat ($6) and Four Treasure Ball Platter ($14) as well.

My favorite at any hotpot meal would be the meats. The thinly-sliced USA Sliced Kurobuta pork and Australian beef brisket were the first to fly off the plates. It just needed a quick dunk into the simmering pot for a tender bite.

The shrimp wantons were fresh and crunchy, and the mixture of handmade prawn, cuttlefish, canton dace fish and pork balls boasted of a pleasing bouncy texture.

Those strands of thin and springy "QQ" egg noodles were an absolute delight too.

Another notable mention is the exceptionally attentive service. Our plates were changed so often that we joked that it's akin to a Chinese wedding dinner lol! Soup were also refilled promptly.

Though Imperial Treasure Steamboat is comparatively pricier than usual, we don't mind paying a little more for good service, classier ambience and quality ingredients, especially on the last point. Not every calorie is created equal, and it should be spent on ones which are worthwhile.

Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
Website: http://www.imperialtreasure.com/en/steamboat

Great World City
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #01-37, Singapore 237994
Contact: +65 6235 6008
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-3pm & 6pm-11pm

ION Orchard
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #04-09/10, Singapore 238801
Contact: +65 6636 9339
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-3pm & 6pm-11pm

Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.

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