Szechuan Kitchen – good food at a price

Membership has its privileges. In the case of dining benefits card, it would seem that the privileges are subsidised by members who paid for the cards but do not make full use of their membership and by ordinary patrons who pay full price for their meals. Szechuan Court is one of those restaurants where holders of The Far Card get good discounts. We do not hold the Far Card so we decide to eat at Szechuan Kitchen, which usually has a more affordable menu compared to the menu of Szechuan Court.

Szechuan Court & Kitchen

Szechuan Court

Szechuan Court at Fairmont Singapore is an elegantly decorated restaurant offering Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine. It has an extensive menu. Szechuan Kitchen is right next to Szechuan Court and is in fact connected by an internal passageway. Szechuan Kitchen looks like a Chinese inn seen in the old sword-fighting movies.

Szechuan Kitchen

Szechuan Kitchen Menu

Generally, we go to Szechuan Kitchen when we want a simple casual meal of dim sum and noodles. The regular menu is limited but adequate. Below is a picture of the regular Szechaun Kitchen Menu.

Szechaun Kitchen Menu

We went to Szechuan Kitchen just before the Chinese New Year and it had a special Lunar New Year Menu. Below are pictures of pages of the menu for noodles & rice dishes and dim sum items. The prices are substantially higher compared to the items on the regular menu of Szechaun Kitchen.

Szechuan Court & Kitchen Menu
Szechuan Kitchen Dim Sum Menu

Dim Sum at Szechuan Kitchen

We ordered the Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork Pastry ($8.80), X.O. Pan-fired Radish Cake ($8.80) and Xiao Long Bao ($9.80). Chinese Tea was $4 per person. Service charge and GST would be added to the bill.

 Szechuan Kitchen Long Bao

The Xiao Long Bao was very good. It would rank high up on our list of best xiao long baos in Singapore. The skin was smooth and delicate but strong enough to hold everything in. The broth and filling inside the dumplings were tasty.

The pan-fried radish cake with X.O. sauce was also good. The slightly spicy chili sauce with a delightfully crunchy mix of deep fried shrimps and anchovies was the key.

Barbecued Pork Pastry or char siew sow was not bad but there are many other places with better char siew sow in Singapore.

Good Food at a Price

Overall, it was a simple but good dim sum lunch. Two of the three items we tried were excellent.

We visited Szechuan Kitchen during the Chinese New Year season and it seemed Szechuan Court and Szechuan Kitchen shared a common menu during the festive period. So we ended up paying Szechuan Court prices without the discounts enjoyed by The Far Card members. The consolation was that the food was good.

Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

Szechuan Kitchen
Level 3, Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189560

Tel: +65 6431 6156

Opening Hours 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Nearby MRT Stations: City Hall, Bras Basah, Esplanade


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