Having lived in Guangzhou for 11 years now, I have been to summer palace in 3-4 occasions before, the last time being at least 3-4 years ago. I cant explain why its taken me this long to return, but when I wanted to really impress my brother who was craving for Cantonese and I only had the pazhou area to make my selection, I knew right then and there that I should take him to summer palace and I was confident that I will not go wrong.
From the moment we sat until we left, the service was more than attentive. The waitresses were
more than polite ( to the point it became a bit too courteous ). We ordered
1) peking duck, cooked 2 ways-just excellent. 9.5/10 ( the only flaw was the meat was too lean, which is good healthwise, but the duck virtually had no fat !!! )
2) prawns sauteen in orange sauce-10/10. We've had this years ago, we actually remembered and ordered again. Just as good. A definite MUST TRY
3) sautéed veggie ( Cantonese KAILAN ) in ginger sauce. 9.5/10. The taste and the freshness of the veggie is spot on. The only flaw is that the serving is rather small.
We had this meal a week ago, I remember we ordered tofu and a starter but I really cant remember enough to give a fair review.
OVERALL: Food quality, service is definitely top notch. Price is rather reasonable for a 5 shangrila. I am actually questioning myself why its taken me this long to return.
I will definitely go back much sooner than later.
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