Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House is a modern Chinese restaurant in the new Tanjong Pagar Centre. This new retail and dining enclave in the Singapore CBD has turned out to be rather attractive. Apart from its good location near Shenton Way, the big open spaces and interesting tenant mix has made this a nice new location to eat on weekends when the office crowds are away. We had lunch at Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House recently.
Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House is a compact restaurant. It is housed in a separate modern box-shaped enclosure outside the main building. A large canopy above provides sheltered access to the restaurant as well as the vast open space outside. Like its sister restaurant Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar in Kent Ridge that we visited recently, diners can look into the operations taking place in the open kitchen.
Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House Menu
The Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House Menu is a short one, taking up just two pages. The unusual items that are listed in the menu provide a refreshing change from the usual predictable Chinese menus. Some of the items look more at home in a Western restaurant menu. We decided to try three items from the ala carte menu.
Here are pictures of the Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House and drinks list.
We had decided on the “San Bei” Pork Jowl ($26) with the impression that it would be not fatty. That was however an erroneous assumption. The fat content was still about 30% of the meat presented. The pork had apparently been sous vide and then grilled to a golden brown at the edges. This makes the lean meat part nice and tender. The meat itself was not flavourful. The san bei sauce was essential to lend some flavour to the meat.
The best dish of the day was the Crab Balls with Chilli Pomelo Sauce ($22). The four crab balls were packed with crab meat. The sauce was apparently the sauce used for Blue Lotus’ acclaimed chilli crab. The combination is a winner. We tried dipping the pork jowl into this sauce. Somehow, it did not work at all.
Our last dish was the Pan-Fried Rice Vermicelli, Kurobuta Pork ($14). We did not detect any substantial presence of Kurobuta Pork in the dish. Presumably small quantities may have been used in the flavouring of this dish. Not that we are complaining as we already had enough pork for the day. This bee hoon dish was simple but delicious. We would have preferred it to be less oily and salty.
All in all, lunch at Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House at Tanjong Pagar Centre was an interesting meal. Trying out new dishes is always something to look forward to. It is refreshing to see new creations and interpretations of existing dishes. It is also notable that the most of the entries in the wine list are priced at two-digit numbers. Affordable wine will contribute to the enjoyment of a meal. Warm water costs $0.60.
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House
5 Wallich Street
Tanjong Pagar Centre
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm
Nearby MRT Station : Tanjong Pagar