Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. A Chinese Muslim style of beef noodles with clear soup and hand-pulled la mian is a well loved item in Lanzhou’s distinct food culture. Lanzhou is home to one of China’s significant populations of Hui Muslims. Hence the authentic Lanzhou beef noodles (兰州牛肉面) uses only Halal beef. The famed beef noodles of Lanzhou has become very popular throughout China and 牛一嘴 Núodle has brought the Lanzhou specialty to Singapore. Judging by the queue to get into 牛一嘴 Núodle beef noodles restaurant at SingPost Centre, Lanzhou beef noodles must also be popular in Singapore.
Racines Sofitel Singapore is a new restaurant in a new hotel, Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It is located in the same complex as the Tanjong Pagar Centre. According to the Racines restaurant website, they serve a menu of traditional French classics and timeless Chinese dishes. The restaurant name “Racines” is French for roots. They apparently use herbs grown at the Sofitel hotel’s own herb garden. We were there for lunch.
Joyden Canton Orchard is a new Chinese restaurant in Shaw Centre. It is run by the Joyden Concept restaurant group that has been slowly but steadily increasing their presence in Singapore. One of their sub-brands is Joyden Canton which serves Cantonese Cuisine. It opened their first outlet in the HillV2 Shopping Mall in 2015. Joyden Canton Orchard in Isetan Scotts Shaw House is the second Canton outlet.
Chinatown Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown Point. Located on level one of this popular shopping mall in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, it was formerly known as Lukyu Teahouse and Restaurant. Chinatown must be the most bustling place in Singapore on a normal weekday. At lunchtime, Chinatown Point draws in the hungry crowds. Many of its food outlets and restaurants were full. The only place with some space and peace and quiet was the Chinatown Restaurant. We were there for a dim sum lunch recently.
Taiwan has been voted as the top culinary destination in the world (and if you must know, Singapore is not even listed among the top ten list of CNN Travel). Singaporeans can hop on a plane to Taipei to experience the feted Taiwanese food or take a slow bum boat to Clark Quay to savour an extensive selection of authentic Taiwanese dishes at Shin Yeh Taiwanese Restaurant in Liang Court.
Royal Pavilion Chinese Restaurant at Park Regis Singapore is not a new Chinese restaurant. It has been in operation for a few years, but it has not been on our dining radar, until recently. With the usual Singapore Cantonese restaurant heavyweights like Wah Lok, Summer Pavilion, Imperial Treasure and Crystal Jade always at the front of our minds, the less familiar Cantonese restaurants tend to get forgotten. We therefore made a specific effort to have lunch at Royal Pavilion Chinese Restaurant. A dive into the unknown rather than going to a familiar favourite.