We decided to have a quiet Monday night dinner at a top Chinese restaurant in Singapore, Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel. It is a popular restaurant at lunch when dim sum is served, especially on weekends. Dinner time is quieter, especially on a Monday night.
Apart from the dim sum, perhaps another reason why daytime dining at Wah Lok is more appealing is that the restaurant looks nicer with some sunlight (see our file picture below and our post on dim sum lunch there). At night, the atmosphere is more serious but more relaxed. Only two other small groups shared the restaurant with us on the quiet Monday night dinner. Service, as you can imagine, was top notch as the diners almost outnumber the staff.
Wah Lok A La Carte Menu
Here are some sample pages from the Wah Lok menu. We put together our own five-course dinner from the a la carte menu.
The slow pace of a quiet Monday night dinner makes it a suitable occasion to bring along a nice bottle of wine. We brought along a 2012 Ch. Leoville Barton. The wine from St-Julien can do with a few more years in the bottle but it went reasonably well with the heavily flavoured food we would be having that day.
Our Quiet Monday Night Dinner at Wah Lok
Our starters were a small plate of char siew pork ($8), baked cod ($15 each), and Japanese scallop ($16 each). It is usually a good idea to order char siew as it could be served very quickly. The quality of the char siew at Wah Lok was excellent.
As for the two seafood dishes, all we can say is do not judge a book by its cover. The presentation of the scallop (picture above) and the cod (below) were not the prettiest we have ever seen, but the taste was good.
The Main Courses
The next two dishes were more substantial ones – baked spare ribs with BBQ sauce ($14 each, above picture) and stewed beef with ginger ($28). These are two dishes that went well with rice and the wine.
Our choice of dessert was black glutinous rice with ice-cream. The portion was large enough to be shared by two. A simple and nice way to end our quiet Monday night dinner at Wah Lok Chinese Restaurant.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6338 8333
Mon-Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10pm
Sun & PH: 11am-2:30pm, 6:30-10pm
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