The pioneer of high-end Chinese private dining concept Xi Yan Private Dining at Craig Road closed its doors for good recently. A few years back, Xi Yan, helmed by celebrity chef Jacky Yu, had branched out with a mid-tier concept – Xi Yan Casual Dining. The first outlet opened in Shaw Centre. Xi Yan Katong in 112 Katong is Xi Yan’s second casual dining restaurant in Singapore.
We visited Xi Yan @ Shaw Centre when it first opened and did not have a good dining experience there. We were pleasantly surprised that our dinner at the new restaurant in 112 Katong recently was a much better
Xi Tan Katong is located in level 2 of I12 Katong Mall. The space at the back of the restaurant is like a typical casual dining Chinese restaurant. The front portion of the restaurant occupies space carved out from the large atrium of the mall. It is very open and diners from the adjacent Japanese restaurant and passersby may look in to see what you are eating. On the whole, the place has a rather spacious and airy feel.
Menu of Xi Yan Katong
Xi Yan Casual Dining describes its menu as “Casual Gourmet Dining Menu” bringing “the same quality of ingredients and level of creativity as our flagship restaurant, in a relaxed and easy-going environment”. The contemporary fusion Chinese menu is quite extensive and includes signature dishes such as salivating spicy chicken, jelly fish and cucumber in wasabi sesame sauce and Okinawa black sugar Zhenjiang spare ribs.
Below are pictures of sections of the menu of Xi Yan Katong.
Xi Yan Set Menu
Xi Yan Katong also has attractively priced set menus, such as a dan dan noodle set at $12.80. Below are pictures of a few of the set meal promotion boards we saw at the recently opened restaurant.
Dinner at Xi Yan
We went to Xi Yan Katong for a light dinner and ordered Chips & Chicken Wings ($8.80), Yunnan Ham Niang Dou Fu ($12), Pork Leg Bee Hoon ($14.50) and Custard Tang Yuan ($4.80). Service charge and GST would be added to the bill.
The service was friendly and our food was served after only a short wait.
The Chips & Chicken dish was small pieces of fried chicken wings in potato chip batter. It was an interesting dish of tasty deep fried lemongrass chicken with crunchy skin. Our only gripe was that the chicken wings were so small.
Yunnan Ham Niang Dou Fu is one of Xi Yan’s signature dishes. Four individual pieces stuffed with a generous mixture of fish and pork paste were served in a bowl of clear broth. The secret recipe light stock was very flavourful. It would be a dish worth trying at Xi Yan.
The Pork Leg Bee Hoon was not quite what we expected. The portion size was generous. It was a tad dry and the taste was avaearge.
The small bowl of dessert provided a sweet ending to our simple meal. The Custard Tang Yuan, with a filling that was a mix of creamy and crunchy, was different from the usual, and the slightly spicy ginger soup helped made the dessert a rather special and enjoyable one.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Xi Yan Katong
i12 Katong #02-06
112 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6244 3326
11.30am to 3.00pm
5.30pm to 10.00pm
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