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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Blk 3A Clarke Quay, #02-02
6338 0305 / 6538 3849
The family celebrated Sis's 25th birthday at this restaurant recommended by Wendy Auntie. All 8 of us had the ala carte buffet ($30++) which gave us unlimited orders of 50 dishes. The advantage to dining with such a large group is that we can try many different varieties without overstuffing ourselves.
This was another dish I liked: Pan-Seared Prawn Mousse in Sugar Cane. It's interesting as the prawn mixture was wrapped around a sugar cane and the flavour of sugar cane compliemented the prawn mousse well, giving it a slightly sweet instead of savoury taste.
We had two orders of the Braised Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw, both of which are said to have collagen. Collagen is very good for the skin! A perfect excuse to eat more of it.
The Stir-fried ‘Kung Po’ Eel was different from what I had in mind. I thought that the eel would be similar to the unagi I always have in japanese restaurants. This eel was much more tough and lacked the tenderness and softness I was looking for.
I didn't like the Stir-fried String Beans with Dried Shrimps as it was too bland, too oily and the dried shrimps were almost nonexistent.
This was another hot favourite which warranted a second order. The Steamed Seabass with Lemon Jus was very fresh and flavourful. We had to wait for 30 mins as the seabass was steamed upon order but it was definitely worth the wait.
We were very disappointed with the Wok-fried Egg Omelette with Prawns and Chives as it was way too salty. The only saving grace was the prawns which were very plump and juicy!
I didn't like the Stewed Bean curd & Fish Fillet in Claypot as frozen fish fillets were used instead of fresh ones.
Here are 2 more dishes which I didn't try. The general consensus among the family was that the Marinated Egg-Plant topped with Chicken Floss was interesting and delicious.
This is the Stir-fried Almond Cappuccino Pork Spare Ribs.
We definitely ordered more than the above dishes but I didn't take any photographs of them as I was too busy eating and chatting. Moving on to the desserts, I didn't like the Hot Sweetened Peanut Paste and Sago. The sago was in an unappetising clump while the peanut paste was more savoury than sweet. Other desserts on the menu included the seasonal fruit platter, longan with sea coconut and ice cream, all of which were unremarkable.
Generally, this was a pleasant enough meal that lasted for more than 3 hours. Speaking from a non chinese food lover's point of view, the food was only average. I had a few qualms about the service though. When I told the waitress that the omelette was very salty, her only response was "shi ma?"("is it?" in chinese). We were quite irritated with that. To her credit, she did come back again to ask if we wanted another serving of it. But the 1st bad impression had already been created and not likely to be forgotten. On the whole, service was prompt but the waitresses looked unfriendly with no smiles at all. I'd rather have a forced smile than no smile at all, thank you very much.
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