Since the revamp of the Shaw Centre in 2014, new restaurants had been added to the list of tenants. Lucky 8 restaurant in Shaw Centre opened in this Orchard Road shopping mall in late 2016. This Chinese restaurant is one of the bigger eateries at Shaw House. Most of the other restaurants are modest in size. We stopped by for a simple dim sum lunch recently.
Lucky 8 restaurant is located on level 3 of Shaw Centre. It is on the same floor as the Ship restaurant, one of the old timers at this place. There is direct access from the single car park lift and from the third floor of the mall near the Isetan department (Scotts Road) store.
The entrance to the Lucky 8 restaurant is ornate, but the rest of the place looks quite simple. The use of dark wood furniture gave the place a serious feel. Thank goodness for the big windows at the side that brightened up the space.
Lucky 8 Restaurant Menu
From what we could see, Lucky 8 serves the usual Cantonese restaurant cuisine. There is a wide selection of dishes available, ranging from expensive Lucky 8 Signature dishes, to moderately priced clay pot dishes and their affordable dim sum. Here are some sample pages from the ala carte menu as well as the lunch dim sum and noodles menu. There is a weekday dim sum menu ($16.80++ per person) which looked attractive, but it was not available as we were there on a weekend. We selected a few dim sum classics.
The restaurant was not busy when we were there. Just three other tables were occupied. The food took about 15 minutes to prepare and arrived all together. Which is a good thing if a quick lunch was intended but no so good if a nice leisurely meal was the plan. For us it was the former and so we were happy that all the food was quickly served.
The deep-fried spring rolls ($5.20) were the best item of the day. The skin was crisp and very dry – not oily at all. There was not much fillings inside but we just enjoyed the crunch and texture.
The xiao long bao ($4.80) will probably not win any beauty contest as they looked unevenly wrinkled and saggy. But the taste was actually quite good, we would rank them above average among the popular Chinese restaurants we have tried.
The other two classics – har kao ($6.20) and cha siu bao ($5.80) were not bad but not distinctive either. But we appreciated the simple treatment of the items – no fancy ingredients or presentation, just straighforward dim sum dishes.
Our final dim sum item was the glutinous rice lotus leaves ($6.20). We liked the external appearance as the bundles were very tightly wrapped and the texture of the leaves were clean and dry, showing off their natural textures. The contents of the package itself turned out to be quite plain.
Overall dim sum lunch at Lucky 8 restaurant at Shaw Centre was a straightforward event. The food was decent dim sum but was served without fanfare. Service was efficient but we did not detect any attempt to really engage with us, particularly when the place was not very busy. We would certainly visit the restaurant again for the straightforward dim sum, especially on weekdays when the set menu looks like even a better deal.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Center, #03-07/11
Mon – Sat
Lunch: 11.30 – 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Lunch: 10.00 – 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.00pm