Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant opens at Great World City

Fans of Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant who miss the outlet at Triple One Somerset can now go to Great World City instead.

After Triple One Somerset restaurant closed last year for the overhaul of the mall, the brand had only one outlet left, at Ion Orchard.

Now, there is another outlet on the ground floor of Great World City, taking up part of the space vacated by the defunct furniture store iwannagohome.

The menu is the same as the one at the Ion outlet. But I guess there is no reason to change because many customers, including myself, usually end up ordering the same things.

The soup base I like is the Imperial Drunken Chicken Soup ($28), which comes with a platter of raw chicken marinated in Chinese wine.

And I always order the Four Treasure Ball Platter ($14), which usually includes shrimp balls and pork balls that boast fresh flavours and springy textures.

The live prawns (from $24), which are really sweet, should not be missed either.

WHERE: Imperial Treasure Steamboat, 01-37 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade MRT: Orchard/Somerset OPEN: 11am to 3pm, 6 to 11pm daily TEL: 6235-6008

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