Tasty Court is a small neighbourhood restaurant in Opera Estate. It is considered under-the-radar even by those living in the East but it has a loyal following because it serves tasty Chinese and local Singapore zi char dishes.
Tasty Court in Opera Estate
Opera Estate is a low rise residential estate off Upper East Coast Road and Siglap Road. The streets in the estate are associated with European operas and bangsawan (traditional Malay opera). Tasty Court is located in a corner shophouse at the junction of Figaro Street (presumably named after Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) and Jalan Tua Kong (a most unoperatic sounding name). There are a few street parking lots just outside the restaurant.
The interior has the stereotypical Chinese restaurant decor with lattice panels and red lanterns; although there is also a red brick wall, which might be a leftover from the European bistro bar previously occupying the premises. The tables in the air-conditioned dining hall are mainly big round tables that can seat up to ten diners. There are a few tables out in the corridor for those who may prefer the kerbside zi char dining experience.
Menu of Tasty Court
The menu of Tasty Court is quite extensive. Most of the usual seafood, meat and soup dishes found in Chinese restaurants are on the menu. There are various set menus for groups of different sizes.
Below are a few pictures of the menus of Tasty Court, which will give an idea of the dishes available and their prices.
Dinner at Tasty Court
We were there for an extended family dinner. We did not do the ordering but believe we had the Special Flavours Set (see picture of the set menu below) – perhaps with one or two requested substitutions or addition.
The dinner had a dramatic start with char siu served over flaming charcoal. The glazed meat was sweet and juicy with an alluring aroma. It was delicious. It is a dish we would order if we visit Tasty Court again.
The next dish was Fish Maw in Chicken Stock. There were fish maw, vegetables and mushrooms in the yellow broth which was really rich and flavourful. It was one of the favourite dishes of the night.
The fish dish was soon hock steamed in Hong Kong style. The white flesh meat had a nice firm texture and natural sweetness, which was enhanced by the light soy sauce. The crispy roast chicken was not the most attractive dish but did not disappoint when it came to the taste. The chicken was tender and succulent and on the whole quite delectable.
The Braised Sea Cucumber with Beancurd was a nutritious dish that was tasty too. The Fried Prawns with a crispy outside and juicy inside were very enjoyable.
There were also a vegetable dish and a tofu dish. There were both very nice.
The final dish before dessert was Fried Kway Teow with Seafood. We were stuffed by then but still very much enjoyed the fried hor fun with lots of wok hey.
Overall, we had a very satisfying sumptuous dinner at Tasty Court. The portion was quite substantial, the dishes were interesting and the food was of good quality.
Good Restaurant for Zi Char & Chinese Dishes
Tasty Court has quite a lot of loyal customers. It is easy to understand why. The small restaurant serves good food. The dishes are not cheap relative to the typical neighbourhood Chinese zi char restaurant but then Tasty Court is not quite your typical neighbourhood restaurant. Its dishes are refined and comparable to those in some of the most celebrated restaurants in Singapore serving zi char and Chinese cuisines.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
1 Figaro Street
Tel: +65 6538 3533
11:30 am – 2:30 pm; 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed on Monday
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