My Restaurant Pick-Imperial Lamian

It’s been a while but I’m back! Imperial Lamian has been on my list of places to try for a while now. This Chinese restaurant is located in Downtown River North, Chicago.

One thing that caught my attention is that they now have Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3pm to 6pm. $5 draft beers, house wines, and dim sum! That alone sealed the deal for me.

Decor:
Upon walking inside, the first thing I noticed was the iron clad structures hanging from the ceiling.The earthy colors help offset the darkness from the iron. However the decor fits the theme.

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Service:
The service started off a little rocky but progressively got better. While waiting for my friend no one came by to ask if I wanted water or a cocktail. I literally just sat there and it seemed like no servers were working. When my friend showed up, we asked the server if the house wine was a rosè or a red wine and he said it was rosè. So we ordered it since it was apart of happy hour, but 10 minutes later, another sever came back with a Pinot noir. Weird. We didn’t dispute, we just drank because we’re thirsty human beings. Afterwards, our new server was extremely attentive and polite.

What We Ordered:
Combination Xiao Long Baos (Shanghai, Spicy Szechuan, Gruyere, Crab, Truffle, Duck): These tasty morsels come in bright fun colors and are filled with yummy goodness.

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How to eat: Bao is a soup dumpling and to eat it, you grab the Bao with your chopstick, be careful not to pop it. Place the Bao on your soup spoon and poke a small hole to allow the soup inside to spill out. Take a bite and enjoy! Each bite is an explosion of light savory flavors that warms your body. The Shanghai and duck were my favorites!

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Tiger shrimp fried Rice: Super light and flavorful. However I couldn’t really taste shrimp

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London Duck Wok: The wok comes with a momo wrap which is the Asian version of a tortilla. How to eat: Gently grab a wrap and add the ingredients (crispy duck, cucumbers, and scallions), roll it up, dunk it in hoisin sauce and enjoy! The Wok was a fun concept, however the duck was slight too hard for me. Props to server for giving me the heads up and me ignoring him. I would definitely try another option such as the roasted duck.

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Overview:
Out of all the dishes, the Bao was my favorite. Because there was only two of at dinner six baos was enough for us to get a little sample. But we could have definitely ordered a second, especially for only $12.00 that way we could try all the flavors. There were so many things on the menu that I would try, so I will definitely be back, very soon. During happy hour 🙂 Overall rating: 8 out of 10

 

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