Dim sum at Lucky 8 restaurant in Shaw Centre

Since the revamp of the Shaw Centre in 2014, new restaurants had been added to the list of tenants.  Lucky 8 restaurant in Shaw Centre opened in this Orchard Road shopping mall in late 2016. This Chinese restaurant is one of the bigger eateries at Shaw House. Most of the other restaurants are modest in size.   We stopped by for a simple dim sum lunch recently.

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Egg tarts & bolo pau from Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village

When Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village opened at the end of 2016, there was widespread excitement in Singapore.  This Hong Kong based baker has apparently been in business for almost seven decades. During that time their egg tarts have achieved a strong following.  Tai Cheong’s Singapore fans were therefore delighted when they first started selling their goodies from a Takashimaya stall.   Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village took their presence in Singapore one step further by having an actual dining location in Singapore.

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Early CNY celebration at top Cantonese restaurant in Singapore, Summer Pavilion

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We decided to have some early informal CNY celebrations as we know that from next week onwards, many Chinese restaurants will be booked to their gills for Chinese New Year lo hei events – both for families and for corporates. In case you have not done the bookings, we hope you find our list of 2017 CNY restaurants  useful. Our first choice to have a weekend lunch was Summer Pavilion – a top Cantonese restaurant in Singapore.

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Yan’s Peking Duck at National Gallery Singapore

Yan's Signature Peking Duck

Yan Chinese Restaurant at National Art Gallery

YAN is the Cantonese restaurant on the roof garden level of the beautifully restored City Hall building which now houses the National Gallery Singapore. On our previous visit to Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore, we had a treat for the eyes as well as the palate, but we missed out on the top billing Yan’s Peking Duck. We went back recently to try the signature Yan’s Peking Duck and must say it was worth the trip.

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Kam’s Roast Singapore – HK Michelin Star restaurant in Pacific Plaza

Kam’s Roast Singapore was launched in Pacific Plaza in November 2016 to great anticipation. Many Singapore residents (ourselves included) are fans of the Yung Kee restaurant in Hong Kong and looked forward to having their roast meats and other Cantonese dishes without waiting for the next trip to the Fragrant Harbour.  Enough ink has been split on the connection between Kam’s Roast Goose HK and Yung Kee as well as why goose was dropped from the name of the restaurant in Singapore and from the Singapore menu, see e.g. the Straits Times story on 7 Nov 2016.   We will just jump straight into our lunch experience at Kam’s Roast Singapore.

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Cherry Garden dim sum buffet

The Cherry Garden dim sum buffet served as brunch on weekends is popular with fellow Singapore diners. This lovely Chinese restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel next to Marina Square was full when we were there on a Sunday, despite the pricey price tag of $68++ per person. It is so popular that there are two 2-hour sittings for brunch – 11 and 1.30 pm. We took a 11 am slot which required us to finish by 1 pm.

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