Guan Dynasty United Square is a new restaurant run by the folks behind Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck. They are famous for their roasted meats and their outlets can be found in the food courts of many malls in Singapore, such as Ion Orchard, Suntec City and Junction 8. We stopped by for lunch to see what this new restaurant near Novena MRT station had to offer.
First impressions of Guan Dynasty United Square were positive. The restaurant in the basement level of the mall is neatly and efficiently laid out. Not luxurious but certainly comfortable. The restaurant has two entrances, one from inside the mall, the other is at an alfresco area near Starbucks. The glass display shows off their signature roast meat selections.
Guan Dynasty United Square Menu
The Guan Dynasty United Square menu is more comprehensive than we expected. With various items filling up two sides of an A3 sized menu board, there were the usual roast meat, rice and noodle selections. In addition, there is a claypot segment and a whole page of dim sum items. We ordered a sampling of items from different parts of the menu.
The Guan Dynasty two combo selection ($18.90) gives patrons a choice of two items from the meat selection. We opted for the char siew and siew yuk (roast pork). The meats were good and certainly lived up to their reputation but the portion was rather small. The char siew has a good mix of lean and fat. We were reminded of the char siew at One Bowl restaurant. The roast pork had a very crisp skin.
We tried to have as diverse a selection of dim sum as possible and ended up with a mix of steamed, fried, deep-fried and baked dim sum items.
Both the steamed Teochew dumplings ($4.80) and the pan-fried Shanghai dumplings ($5.20) were very plain in terms of looks and presentation but they tasted good. Their stuffings had a good mix of ingredients that gave them a complex taste.
The deep-fried spring rolls with purple cabbage ($4.80) would have been quite average but for two positive things. The use of purple cabbage made it look more attractive than the average ones. They were fried till truly crisp. The crackling sound of the skins can be heard across our tables.
The two best looking items at our lunch at Guan Dynasty United Square were the baked Hong Kong style bo luo bao ($5.20) and the deep-fried yam puffs ($5). They both tasted very good, but we would have liked them better if they were less oily.
The Claypot Stewed Ginger Duck ($13.80) is a full-bodied dish with a pieces of duck (some with bones) stewed in a thick gravy. The gamey duck taste was balanced by the ginger. Perfect to go with a bowl of steamed rice on a cold rainy day after going to the gym!
Overall: 3 TOPs
Guan Dynasty United Square
101 Thomson Rd, #B1-09/64/65
Nearby MRT Station: Novena
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