We wanted to try the Chinese restaurant Peony Jade at Keppel Club which received a Bib Gourmand recognition by the Singapore Michelin Guide people. But it was located all the way at the southern end of Singapore. So we ended up at their sister restaurant, Peony Jade Clarke Quay which was a much more convenient location for all of us.
Peony Jade Clarke Quay is located in Block 3A which is one of the buildings facing the Singapore River. It is a large Chinese restaurant. Big enough for wedding receptions which are sometimes held here. The atmosphere in the restaurant was peaceful and comfortable.
Here are pictures of the Peony Jade dim sum menu, the dim sum buffet menu and some pages from the regular a la carte menu. Not being fans of buffet meals generally, we ordered a mix of items from the dim sum and regular menus.
Dim Sum Menu
Dim Sum Buffet Menu
The steamed shrimp dumplings, har gau ($5.80) was quite normal. The baked char siew so ($6.60 for 4 pieces) was quite unusual. Those at Peony Jade were served with a blanket of pork floss. The dim sum purist among us frowned upon this. The rest of us were quite happy to try something new. The deep-fried dumplings with chives ($7.70) turned out to be substantially fried prawn dumplings. There was hardly any chives detected.
The fried carrot cake ($8.50) was very good. It also came in a large portion. This is one dish we will return to Peony Jade for.
The only non-dim sum item for the day was the poached spinach ($18). This was a large serving of spinach with a lot of eggs. A very healthy and delicious dish.
Nearing the end of our meal, we saw some dumplings with cute faces at the table next to us. Of course we also wanted some. The steamed custard and salted egg ($7.70 for 4 pieces) looked quite comical. Too cute to eat but we had to do what we had to do. These cuties had a rather rough finish – uneven textures and eyeballs pointing at different angles. But the taste was quite good. The pastry was chewy and the liquid egg custard was mildly sweet with the salted egg taste.
Overall, not the best dim sum we have tried but the dishes were generally competently made and lunch at Peony Jade Clarke Quay was made more enjoyable because of the friendly staff and the relaxed atmosphere of Clarke Quay in the day time.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Peony Jade Clarke Quay
3A Clarke Quay #02-02
Opening Hours: 11am to 3.00pm; 6pm to 11pm
Tel: +65 63380305
Nearby MRT station: Fort Canning, Clark Quay
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