Glamorous is the only Cantonese place that we visit with any degree of regularity and, even then, not that often. It’s a big, overblown tart of a place, easily in excess of 200 covers. Lunchtime sees it packed with Chinese people – I ate there once and was the only Anglo in the place. In the evening, it’s a more diverse customer base.
We like it, although we may not have ordered too well on this trip. I think they still have the dim sum trollies at lunchtime but, in the evening, things are much more restricted and we went for the dim sum platter for two, which seemed like a good idea at the time, by way of getting a variety. It was OK but there was the whiff of the catering wholesaler about it all – perhaps unsurprising when you know that the restaurant sits on top of the enormous Wing Yip supermarket. There’s a couple of steamed items – sui mai and har gau. And three deep fried things – veggie spring roll, wonton and fun gor (?). And “seaweed”. But the problem is that, apart from the spring roll and seaweed, it’s all a bit prawny. And a bit gloopy. And there’s a couple of dipping sauces – a mono-dimensional sweet one and another which seemed to be just soy.
Main courses were better. There was a plate of thick cut char siu, with just a drizzle of a thin sauce that tasted pleasantly of hoisin. And another of stir fried mixed veg with crispy noodles. These were enormous portions. Each easily serving two – and, yes, I managed to finish my pork – it really was nice, with a little bit of sweet fat. Fried rice was fine.