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1. MillyWong on Friday, October 03, 2008
Freshly prepared dim-sum is available at this restaurant 7 days a week. The quality of the food rivaling that served in London's China Town restaurants.
The only restaurant in Derby to serve dim-sum but they also offer a traditional Chinese evening menu (which you should specifically request, as you should the dim-sum menu). They also offer the typical Chinese menu that is designed for Westerners (Chinese takeaway style dishes).
Extremely friendly and professional service. If you don't read and write Chinese, they are more than happy to help you out with the traditional Chinese menus.
Clean and pleasant toilets and comfortable waiting area. However, the restaurant is upstairs with no lift so it may not be suitable for the infirm or disabled.
Derby Dim-Sum Dream Come True!
The Emperor Inn is THE only place in Derby you can go 'yam cha' or eat dim-sum and despite being the only restaurant in our city offering a dim-sum menu (not only on Sundays but every day of the week) their freshly prepared dishes rival those offered in London's China Town restaurants.
At around just £7 to £10 per head you can't go wrong. The restaurant is attractive, clean and comforatable and the service is amazing. Every time we have visited the Emperor Inn the staff have been extremely friendly and helpful. In fact, before discovering this place, we have paid more to eat kept warm buffet takeaway style rubbish full of chemical flavour enhancers at some Derby Chinese restaurants just because our friends wanted to eat Chinese food. How tragic! Our only regret is not finding this place sooner!
If you love dim-sum and didn't know about the Emperor Inn, it's a must. Also if you have never tried dim-sum before and wonder what it's all about. Just ask the staff for the dim-sum menu and if you don't understand how it works they will be more than happy to help you out.
Don't forget though, it's usually a daytime meal so I don't know about this specific restaurant but the menu may not be available in the evening. Phone first to ask. They also have a traditional Chinese evening menu as well as the typical Chinese menu designed for westerners (sweet and sour dishes, etc. you know the score!)
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