Imperial Palace is an odd place. The architect was high when he drew its plans, wasted spaces and funky corners. That being said, the food is stupendous. The staff is friendly, but you could see they where weary as our party of 7 was non-asian. Everyone else seated was asian, and apparently all having feasts. That is usually a good sign your gonna get served authentic fare.
I've tried many Chinese places all over Auckland, and this is the only place where you can feel a unique sense of pride infused in the delicately crafted dishes. The seafood was clearly fresh, and the balance in the sauces all had a unique zing.