黑社会, the Chinese name of the Bosses Restaurant in Vivo City means “Black Society”. That explains the rather unique decor of this Chinese restaurant. No auspicious red or other bright colours. Black is the colour of this restaurant. Their website refers to the restaurant as “… decked out in a stylish triad-themed décor“. Thank goodness it is located along the edge of the Vivo City mall. Its large windows face the sea that stretches to Sentosa. We were there for lunch and there was no feeling of darkness, except in the narrow corridor at the entrance. So there was nothing terrifying about dining at the Black Society Restaurant, at least in the day time.
The Bosses Restaurant serves dim sum at lunch time. We could see that they have introduced some items that are quite different from the run of the mill dim sum. Here are pictures of parts of the ala carte and dim sum menus. We ordered a selection of dim sum.
One of the specialities of the Bosses Restaurant seems to be the deep-fried fish skin. There were bags of these for sale at the reception and this was served at the beginning of the meal. Very light , crispy and addictive.
The first dim sum item was mango with century egg roll ($6). This was the first time we tried a cold dim sum item. It has rice skin wrapping its contents of mango, century egg and ginger inside. It sounds weird but the taste was quite good. A pre-packaged way of eating century egg.
Next were the Volcano black pepper bun ($7.50). These stone-like buns contained pepper flavoured meat. Its “volcano” name suggested that it would be very spicy but that was not the case. The contents were mildly peppery with a bit of sweetness. The texture of the bun was good, overall a dish we would want to eat again.
The Szechuan hot and sour dumpling ($6) was an enjoyable dish. The steamed pork dumplings tasted great with the gravy which had a good balance of “hot” and “sour”.
The steamed radish cake (6.50) was served in a less common way. The entire pot of radish cake was served instead of in slices. I suppose this method of serving indicates that it was made fresh from the kitchen rather than a product of some central kitchen. The radish cake itself was smooth but bland. The gravy on top provided the taste.
The pumpkin and yam block ($6.80) was a variation of the usual yam cakes. The yam taste was prominent. The pumpkin taste was hardly detectable.
Finally, our last item was fried vermicelli ($7.80). This was the only disappointing dish of the day, just dry and plain fried vermicelli.
Overall, we commend the Bosses Restaurant for its daring decor and its distinctive dishes. The only aspect that we did not enjoy when dining there was the service which was some notches below the other departments.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Bosses Restaurant 黑社会 (Renamed Black Society)
1 HarbourFront Walk
Tel: +65 6376 9740
11:00am – 9:30pm (Mon-Fri,Sun)
11:00am – 9:45pm (Sat, PH Eve)
Nearby MRT Station : HarbourFront