Sunday morning is always interesting for me, where our whole family will go out for breakfast. Normally, we will go to the restaurant beside Evergreen Hotel, Gurney drive to have our breakfast. Last weekend, we decided to go to Yin Pin Dim Sum (迎宾点心小厨) inside Gurney ABC Food court which was just open on 15 March 2013 and it is slightly near to Gurney Plaza.
This big corner shop lot was previously rent by Bali Hai seafood restaurant. But, ever since Bali Hai has moved to the other end, this shop lot has been rented to several owners but the end result is failure. On March 2013, new player come in, i.e. Yin Pin Dim Sum for the breakfast session. Below is the front wide angle view.
Yin Pin is located along Persiaran Gurney or so called Gurney drive in English. If you are standing in front of the restaurant, you can actually see the long stretch of seaside of Gurney. Upon you walk into Gurney ABC food court, here is what you will see.
Since Yin Pin has just open for business and this is the first weekend where the real business coming in. From above picture, you can see that the restaurant is nearly full house @ 10am Sunday. Yin Pin only serve for from 7am till 3pm. During lunch and dinner time, this is actually a food court which serves up till 30 stalls that serves different variety.
Yin Pin dining environment
Gurney ABC Food court has high ceiling and multiple of ceiling fan that help to circulate the air around. Inside the food court, you will not feel hot even though it is pack with customer. Most of the table is kind of large with center section cover by metal. Why? Well, the table is design for steam boat. In other word, this kind of table is not suitable for dining as you will face difficulty to get dishes. There are no rotary table tops and you will have difficulty to get the dishes.
Yin Pin Dim Sum provides self service type of counter arrangement. You will need to go to the dim sum table, queue up before you can get the dishes. This system only works if you have queuing guard that guides the customer to the counter. Most of the time, you will found that some of the customer is not queuing at all, they will just walk to empty space near the counter and get the dishes that they need. As a result, the system failed and the customer who queues for it will get angry. I am one of the victim … aik..
Does Yin Pin Dim Sum taste good?
Below is the dim sum that I have ordered.
Overall, Yin Pin Dim Sum is below average. Most common problem is the pastry skin is not crispy and lags of strong flavor which I like. There are lot of variety, dishes presentation is simple and price is not so expensive; but too bad, none of them suite my taste. The queuing and purchasing process is screw up in the first week end and I do hope that they can improve the system and taste in order to gain back the customer as a return customer.
Will I come again?
Yes, everybody has second chances. If there are no improvements at all, that will be the end to Yin Pin Dim Sum Restaurant. I do hope that Yin Pin able to success here where previous owners is not successful and ending with losing situation.
RestoranYin Pin Dim Sum (PG0317223-W)
104, Gurney Drive,
Business Hours : 7am – 3pm
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Best Penang Food Editor’s Review:
- Located in strategic and happening location i.e. Gurney Drive
- Just started business on 15 March 2013
- Big food courts with great air circulation. You won’t feel hot inside the food court
- Common self services Dim Sum stall, where you will have to get the dishes from the counter.
- Lot of Dim Sum variety but the taste is not strong. I prefer stronger taste
- Table is too big and not so suitable Yin Pin’s business. The table is design for steamboat.
- No proper queuing system, customer can cut queue any time.
- Lot of improvement is needed to order to capture the customer to return again.
- Limited car park, you can only park along the road side.