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About Imperial Lamian
Welcome to Imperial Lamian, we feature the traditional art of authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated environment. Master Chefs prepare your meals using ancient techniques of noodle making, dumpling folding and wok cooking. Complimented by our unique beverage program - custom blended teas, a comprehensive beverage selection that includes wine, sake, craft beer, Asian whiskey, single malts and specialty cocktails. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch.
Chicago, IL 60654
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday: Lunch 11:30am-3pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Happy Hour : Monday through Friday 3pm - 6pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We tailor custom catering packages to fit your event whether a quick office luncheon that we can deliver to a full off site catering function from 20 to 300 with or without staff. We will make sure that your event is a remarkable one with our refined service and attention to detail, simply contact our sales manager and let us customize your next event today!
Street parking available or valet offered at $14.00 up to 3 hours
State Bus stop, 2 blocks north of Grand ave red line stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Imperial Lamian Ratings and Reviews
Great food with beautiful presentation and excellent service! The Shanghai Xaio Long Bao are the best in Chicago and very comparable to the famous Ding Tai Fong restaurants in China. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for high end Chinese food in Chicago and great soup dumplings!
This is now one of my new favorite restaurants! I came here with a friend on a Friday night and it was busy! We started with the Combination XLB (the rainbow looking baos that everyone Instagrams) and the Pumpkin Puffs. So delicious! I had the Shrimp Wok Fried La Mian and my friend had the Minced Pork La Mian. My dish was so good! I keep thinking about it and I'm ready to go back again!
Group I entertained for dinner all had raving reviews about the food. I had 2 vegetarians there and they had great selections to choose from. Watching the cooks make the noodles from scratch was a treat! Overall, I found the cuisine to be tasty, complex yet simple, and overall a great representation of Asian cuisine.
I went to Imperial Lamian for my birthday and honestly I can’t wait to come back. The xiao long bao were my favorites! Each dumpling had their own unique savory flavor. The broth of the beef brisket lamian is rich and hearty. Beef was perfectly cooked and tender. I even received complimentary salted egg buns for my birthday. The staff is also incredibly attentive and friendly. Can’t wait to visit again.
Great fun. Every dish was delicious!! Service was wonderful and very helpful. Our group had every age represented from 6 to 70 and we all had a wonderful time and found something to everyone's liking. Two of us particularly like lamb and the lamb chops were some of the best we've ever had. We ordered lots of different dishes and shared everything in our group of seven. Calamari was fantastic, combination XLB gave everyone something they liked, the pumpkin puffs were amazing, Kung Pao chicken super good, London Duck excellent, and the Lunar Blossom dessert was not only an amazing delight but absolutely delicious as well. A new family favorite restaurant.
Look for the specially hand pulled noodles. Also, chat with the owner/partner, Vincent Lawrence. He was really young, personable and helpful. We have been there about 7 times since it opened last year.
I wish the servers knew what XO sauce was, no one was able to bring it to us.
In my open table reservation, I specifically noted that one in our party (myself) had a severe shellfish allergy and asked the restaurant to please notify me 24 hours in advance (so I could make an alternate reservation) if the kitchen could not accommodate. I did'n't get any notification that this would be an issue.
Upon being seated and looking over the menu, the waitress let me know that there were literally only 3 entrees I could eat as everything either contained shrimp flakes or had been marinated in oyster sauce. Note: NOT GOOD FOR VEGETARIANS OR ANYONE WHO CANNOT EAT FISH / SHELLFISH!
While the food I did order was good and I still enjoyed the experience (great dessert and unique cocktails), I would not have gone here knowing that only 3 things on the entire entree menu (one of which was a salad and not really an entree) were OK for me to eat. I couldn't try the things they were known for (soup dumplings, lamain).
When someone lets you know ahead of time of an allergy, you should let them know if the menu will be extremely limited. Nobody goes to a restaurant knowing they can only eat 3 things on the entree menu.
While our waitress was attentive, friendly, and very careful about my allergy, nothing on the bill was comped, even when I asked her to let the host know that I was pretty disappointed that nobody at the restaurant let me know when I booked that there was virtually nothing I could eat on the menu.
We tried the combination soup dumplings, piggy bao, har gao, and pumpkin puffs. While we don't regret trying this place out for the novelty, we will probably not come back again. It wasn't awful but it also wasn't the best ever.
The space: Nicely decorated, and for a Sunday brunch, it was nicely active starting around noon. The sound of the noodles being prepared was on the loud side, so be warned if you prefer quiet and you're seated by the open kitchen area.
Service: The hostess and our server were both very nice and I have no complaints at all. While the food came out pretty quickly, the person bringing our food (not our main server) was not as clean in handling our food as we would have preferred and one of the plates set out on the table had some food particulate on it, as did the plate they replaced it with.
Food: We ordered two sets of the combination plates of soup dumplings, which come with 6 dumplings each. In my plate, two of the dumplings were already burst from the start, which was a little disappointing. One was popped in the other set. The dumplings were all pretty tasty, and while they're not the best soup dumplings ever, they are still enjoyable for the novelty. The cheese one was not as weird as I expected, and the Spicy Szechuan and crab were my favorite.
The piggy bao and pumpkin puffs were adorable, but a little bready. The stuffings were not as flavorful as they could have been, and I found the taste of the dough really took over.
The har gao was excellent, and probably the most enjoyable part of the meal. There were huge chunks of shrimp, and we highly recommend these.
Terrible experience. Had to send most of our food back, and the manager even admitted that it was not up to standard, saying that he had tried the gua bao earlier that day and it didn't taste right (so, why was it still on the menu?). The duck salad was awful. Rather than crispy duck, it was chewy, dry, and tasteless. Very disappointed, as I go to this restaurant often and had grown accustomed to a better experience.
Disappointing experience. The staff lost our order - which they only realized after they brought out the wrong food for the second time. Following us noting that we had been waiting for 25mins for our tea and food that had already been ordered, a second different server came round to take our order, as if we had not yet ordered.
We were seated for about 10 minutes and had to ask a server passing by for some water. We then ordered drinks and an appetizer, our drinks never came and had to ask another passing by server about our drinks. The food was good. There could have been more soup in the soup dumplings, but they were still good. The service was horrible. If I wanted great Chinese food, but horrible service, I would have gone to Chinatown. I chose to pay more for great Chinese food with great service, that's why we chose Imperial Lamien. We were really disappointed.
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