I have heard that Alisan at Wembley serves a mean dim sum but the journey required to get there puts me off. So when one wintry snowy day I was offered a ride up to Wembley to join some friends on a dim sum feast I quickly seized the chance.
Due to poor traffic conditions it took us almost an hour and a half to get there and we were famished by the time we arrived. In our state everything tasted like manna to us! Though when our appetites have been appeased a bit, and we were in a better position to appreciate the food for what they were, we agreed that the dim sum at Alisan was a cut above the offerings of Royal China , our benchmark for acceptable dim sum.
I loved their congee something which Royal China does not even have on its menu which I have always thought to be rather strange. Isn't congee a crowd pleaser that all self respecting Cantonese restaurants should serve? I had mine with century egg and pork and am pleased to say that it was perfect, smooth with just the slightest touch of graininess for texture it was the ultimate comfort food for a cold winter day.
The usual favourites were competently executed. Xiao long bao had skins of just the right texture which with one bite yielded the delicious broth within. Cheung fan was smooth and was a delight with the fresh prawn filling. Their exotic creations were just as delightful, of which my favourite would have to be the yam croquettes with scallops. Who would have known that sweet yam paste would have worked so well with scallops? It was simply genius.
Not everything was perfect however. The cheung fun with fried dough in it was disappointing the fried dough tasting flat and of hardly anything. The beef hor fun was ordinary nothing to shout about. These were but minor glitches in an otherwise perfect meal. Now if only they have a branch in Central London!