Red Star Restaurant

F April 16, 2012
 
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3.1
Food / Beverage 
 
3.4  (8)
Ambience 
 
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Where is the appeal?
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I was told that Red Star is an extremely popular restaurant so I guess I was lucky enough to reach the half-filled restaurant on a Monday afternoon. The food was raved greatly by both of my friends who were with me and who were both eager for me to try them.

My first impression of the place was that it was traditional and a little dim. Perhaps it was due to the slow crowd, the food that arrived in the carts was lukewarm and generally lacked appeal.

I left disappointed because I genuinely thought that the dimsum was average. Furthermore, the basic expectation of serving HOT food was not met.
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Not Worth the Price
(Updated: February 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
2.5
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Red Star Restaurant is one of the restaurants my elderly relatives usually patronise for dim sum. I have not been there for almost a year, and recently I went there to 'lo hei' with my relatives and friends for Chinese New Year.

The cute part was only my grandaunt knew all of us, the others didn't know everyone, so what happened was three of us arrived early, had no idea we did not know one another, and opened up 3 separate tables, with one ordering Pu'er tea, the second one ordering Pu'er tea with Chrysanthemum, and the third ordering Jasmine tea. It was only when my grandaunt arrived that the misunderstanding was sorted out, and our table ended up with 3 teapots of different teas.

As we were ordering our dim sum dishes from time to time, I began to have a strange feeling. In the past, all the aunties and uncles who took our orders spoke Cantonese--without fail. This time, there were some China people who served us, and we had to give our orders in Mandarin. It felt really strange, because I always had the innate feeling that people who run and serve in dim sum restaurants MUST know Cantonese. Maybe I should move with the times. My grandaunt, who always seem to know everything, told me that according to the grapevine, the older staff who knew Cantonese were unhappy with one or two of the owners, and left the restaurant, hence the owners had to hire new staff, who hailed from China. The plus point was the China staff were very cheerful and enthusiastic.

Another issue was the food quality had become erratic quite recently. Sometimes the food tasted nice, sometimes it did not. One example was the egg tarts. One batch was delicious, the next batch we ordered were not so good. The presentation of the food was also not of restaurant quality--they looked like they were prepared in food courts. Fortunately for us, the food in general was edible, so no one complained.

Sometimes, the owners will come to our table to chit-chat with us, and on this recent visit, one of the owners, a very nice man, came and 'lo hei'ed' with us.

I am in general not a fussy eater, hence the food at Red Star was acceptable to me. But what I did not like was paying the bill--the price was high and definitely not worth it, for the quality of food that were served.
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Over hyped
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2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
2.5
Overall Score 
 
2.5
Red Star has been around for a really long time. After hearing good reviews about it, my friends and I decided to give it a try. The exterior of the building is rather run down and Red Star looks like the only occupant of the building. The lift from the carpark brought us into the kitchen, which gave all of us a shock. We then slowly made our way to the restaurant. The entire restaurant emits a vintage feel and they function by pushing push carts with dim sum on it. Once you have decided to get the dim sum, the staff will leave a chop on your card which will be used for payment at the end of the meal.

First up, we had the Chee Cheong Fun. The texture of the flour is rough and it is rather dry. Disappointing. Next, we had some fried food which were not bad. Their liu sha bao also known as custard buns was disappointing too. The filling in the bun was too little and it wasn't oozing out like how most liu sha baos should be. The other dim sum dishes were ok, nothing to shout about.

Though the price for lunch that day was not to expensive, we were slightly disappointed with our meal that day.

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