Just last week, the colleagues and I decided to head down to Victor’s Kitchen over at Sunshine Plaza for dim sum due to a sudden craving! I’ve passed by it numerous times, but never had the opportunity to try, so I was pretty excited to try it out(:
It gets really really crowded during lunchtime as it’s a REALLY popular place recommended by many tv shows etc, so that is the main reason why my colleagues don’t go there often. So this time, we decided to head there 1/2 hour earlier so that we could get one of those elusive seats.
When we reached, there was already a short queue forming outside, but we decided to just wait in line especially since there were just four of us (including myself) so there’s a pretty high chance of getting a seat inside!
Interior & Deco
Don’t expect too much of the place as it’s a little old, hot, cramped and out of style – as you might call it, but that doesn’t matter because it’s the food that is of interest isn’t it?(:
The menu is actually pretty limited as you can tell. Loads of big Xs (means not available) which is a pity but well(:
And right off, you’ll notice their slogan:
We serve the best food, but not fast foods 🙂
So yes, be prepared to wait. In our case, we waited for like..20 minutes or so before our first dimsum actually arrived. And now, for the verdict to see if the food is actually worth the wait and whether it can live up to it’s slogan.
1. Crispy Golden Shrimp Rolls & Deep Fried Shrimp Dumpling – S$4.00 & S$5.00 respectively
Had one of each. Really nice and crispy but honestly, it’s really nothing special.
2. Victor’s King Prawn Dumpling (Har Gao) – S$5.00
Each prawn dumpling is generously stuffed with prawns with a thin thin layer of skin. It’s not too bad, but I kind of prefer the one I had at Tim Ho Wan or at Tanjong Rhu Pau just outside my house.
3. Char Siew Cheong Fun – S$4.00
Once again, it’s just okay – but the gravy is pretty nice.
4. Wala Wala Porridge & Phoenix Porridge – S$4.00 each
First time trying both of these different porridges. They are pretty decent, but I think that my mom cooks better porridge!
5. Tasty Queen Size Siew Mai – S$4.00
Just..siew mai lor. Really, nothing special.
6. Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun (Liu Sha Bao) – S$4.00
This was what I was eagerly anticipating to try the most since it’s pretty much their signature dim sum raved about by a number of people. But DO be careful when eating them – don’t bite into them please, it’ll spurt onto your shirt and leave a oily stain/mess (bwahahahaha).
Unfortunately, I felt that it was just too oily. A total turn off when I broke my bun and the oil started to drip out. I literally just poured out all the oil which filled up my entire spoon (can you see it in the picture?). It was a dripping oily mess but at least after I drained off the oil, it was much better and I could enjoy the salty custard with my some-what oil soaked fluffy bao.
Very disappointing. Or maybe it just wasn’t a good day for the lava buns? ;/
Overall, on an honest note, I wasn’t very impressed with Victor’s Kitchen as I really had high expectations for it since I’ve seen so many people raving about it on food blogs and on those food TV shows. Well, no surprise considering that quite a number of people have mentioned that the standards at Victor’s Kitchen has dropped significantly as it used to be much, much nicer.
Basically everything that I ate can be found at any typical dim sum outlets – even the ones at Kopitiam! Unfortunately, nothing really stood out at all, even their signature liu sha baos (Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun) which was really disappointing instead.
Most importantly..WHY NO EGG TARTS AH? 🙁
Recent picture from my Instagram (@mitsueki): Bao Luo Wan Xiang Egg Tarts – SO GOOD!
Still, I don’t mind returning to Victor’s Kitchen to have dimsum again with my colleagues for lunch on a workweek (and give the signature liu sha bao another chance) since we are seriously deprived of food choices, but I would otherwise give it a miss on any other day.
91 Bencoolen Street
Sunshine Plaza #01-21
mitsueki’s Personal Rating: 2.5/5