Dim sum never goes out of favour.
After an illustrious career with the Paradise Group, Hong Kong-born chef Fung Chi Keung — whose clientele is reputed to include celebrities like Chow Yun-Fat and Zhang Ziyi — strikes out on his with the opening of Kai Garden.
The restaurant is packed every lunch hour in spite of its upmarket price tags, which easily double some of its competitors’. But after sampling the food, we could see why the crowd is so rapt. Chef Fung has spun an innovative menu that is rooted on familiar favourites yet revitalised with a dash of the whimsical.
Try the Deep-fried Yam and Pumpkin, crisp on the outside and delicate on the inside. Other favourites include the Steamed Cheong Fun with Prawns and Chives, and Wok-Fried Carrot Cake in XO Sauce.
Marina Square, #03-128A/128B, 6 Raffles Blvd, 039594
The oriental chic ambience at this restaurant is akin to the bustling activity present in Cantonese eateries.
Capturing the essence of Hong Kong cuisine, the roasted meat platter here includes classic Cantonese treats such as BBQ Pork Belly with Honey Sauce, Steamed Kampong Chicken in Canton Style, and Crispy Roasted Irish Duck.
The piping-hot dim sum delights here are a hit with customers and don’t be surprised if you find some too-cute-to-eat little piglets in your dumpling basket!
This place puts a twist on the Chinese food experience and its heritage dishes. So what’s special about the deep fried wantons, crystal skin shrimp dumplings, deep fried chives and beef dumplings, salted egg custard steamed bun and other yummy items on the menu? They’re all halal (permissible for Muslim consmers).
Hence, some ingredients such as char siew (barbecued pork) are replaced with roast duck and such. Can you tell the difference?
791 North Bridge Rd, 198759
The floor-to-ceiling windows, the sweeping vista of Boat Quay, the expansive high ceilings all live up to the restaurant’s grand name: Empress, a reflection of its Empress Place street address.
The menu is contemporary Cantonese, drawing a mixed crowd of locals and expats. That also means that the weekend dim sum is turned into a champagne brunch affair.
The dim sum, though, is a bunch of hits and misses. Go for the Steamed Seafood and Spinach Dumplings, Deep-Fried Shrimp Spring Rolls, and the Steamed Molten Egg Custard Bun.
Asian Civilisations Museum, #01-03, 1 Empress Place, 179555
If you did a double take, wondering if you’ve stepped into the wrong restaurant, we don’t blame you. The trippy, kaleidoscopic interior is a major departure from our usual expectations of a Chinese restaurant.
The popular Mitzo Weekend Brunch ($68++ per adult, additional $60++ for free-flow alcohol) features artisanal cocktail concoctions and the food menu runs more than 50 items long. Fantastic for ravenous appetites!
If you don’t try anything else, go for the Mitzo special barbecued pork — succulent char siew cloaked in a caramelised crust that crackles readily into sweet, crystalline shards.
Grand Park Hotel, Level 4, 270 Orchard Rd, 238857
By Mia Chenyze, SimplyHer, May 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020
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