When Empire Shopping Gallery first opened, we used to go quite often. That's when we were writing about places like Opera (which has now closed - Tong Pak Fu has taken its spot), Serai, and even the Lex Firefly Flight Simulator and plaster painting at Plaster Fun House. But lately Empire has been just too out of the way for us, which is why we never even knew that there was this Four Seasons London that used to be tucked inside the supermarket area.
We say 'used to' though, because they have now expanded into their own shoplot, still located on the Lower Ground floor.
Space doesn't abound here, but they make good use of whatever they have to put up nice decorations, with a very traditional yet slightly modern theme. Though the name is Four Seasons London, don't expect to see lots of Tower Bridges and London Bridges here.. =P
At Four Seasons, the specialty to try is the roast meat. Since there was only 2 of us, we had a Two Combination (RM 29) of Roast Duck and Crispy Roasted Pork (siu yuk). Other choices for the combination include Barbecued Pork (char siu), Roasted Chicken & Soy Sauce Chicken.
Portions here are markedly smaller than other chicken and duck rice stalls, but the emphasis here is on the quality. The evenly-sliced siu yuk had very crispy skin that crumbled sinfully in your mouth, and not a lot of fat; exactly what good roast pork should be like in my books. If the consistency of the roast pork can be maintained for every serving, we will definitely go out on a limb to recommend this roast pork.
On the other hand, the duck slices were really quite small, smaller than the average we're normally used to, though the flavour was all right. We enjoyed the duck, but found it a bit dry. The sweet duck sauce it was served with was great though, especially drizzled over rice. In the end, we still prefer the duck at Village Roast Duck in Bangsar Village, and wouldn't be coming all the way here just for the duck.
Other sauces are provided, but nothing we fancied with roast pork or duck. The ginger condiment was very good, but alas, we didn't order any chicken! In future we'd definitely order a portion of chicken just to have it with. It's that good. =D
Don't mind roast meat, but don't feel like partnering it with rice? Swap it out for some Plain Noodles (RM 5.80 - pricey for plain noodles, if you ask us) instead. These "wan tan" noodles had quite a nice and springy texture - obviously nothing like the ones in Hong Kong, but still, good enough, with just enough sauce. This is the kind of noodles that goes perfectly with roast meat!
We decided we wanted to try the wantan dumplings as well, so we got the Dry Noodles with Wantan, which gave us the noodles above with a small bowl of 4-5 wantans. We were not so impressed with these though, because their prawn and pork filling didn't mesh well together. Too much pork, we reckon. I like prawn wantans and I like pork dumplings, but if you can't do the mixture well - well then, that's not the same as 1 + 1 = 2! For us, it was more like 1 X 1 = 1; neither here nor there, turning out just so-so in the end. You can get a full bowl of these wantans for RM 10.80, but we wouldn't recommend them.
So, for a quick and simple meal at Empire Shopping Gallery, Four Seasons London is an option to keep in mind. There is a more substantial menu - stir-fried meats and vegetables, as well as a dim sum menu, but we would most probably return for their siu yuk, which we really liked. Since they've been able to expand into their own shoplot after just a couple of years, they must have a pretty strong following now. =)
Four Seasons London
Lot LG30, Lower Ground Floor,
Empire Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm