Its quite telling of a restaurant's food quality when a diner can only comment on the decor - which is a vast improvement from the Golden Swan Seafood restaurant my family used to go to. Back then, the food was delicious but the decor was a little run down, so naturally, we opted for newer restaurants with better ambience and even more delicious food.
However, last night, it seems that a reno has of the space has replaced the quality of their dishes. The food presented haphazardly with little to no attention to detail. A fact that could of been easily overlooked had the dishes been tasty - sadly they were not. The flavour was about as colourful as the food - which was pretty bland to begin with. There was no aroma of garlic and ginger or any other aromatic, the Chinese are famous for - rather just bland, boring, poorly seasoned food.
Approximately 70% of the food was left on the plate, and not because the food came in colossal quantities, but simply unappetizing. One of the major faux-pas' I noticed was with amuse bouche of Peking Duck with raw, flour laden wrappers and skin with (at times) a quarter inch layer of fat still on it. The shrimp was not cleaned, the fish was overcooked, and simple oversights like that make me wonder where else they're cutting corners.,
Although the restaurant was pretty full, I can't say I'll be returning. I would rather see them raise the price a little, provide smaller portions of delicious, well made cuisine rather than fancy names for a mediocre (at best) representation of Cantonese fare.