It has been a while since we had lunch at Shang Palace the Chinese restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Shangri La Hotel Singapore is located near Orchard Road but it is not really close. Perhaps it is a case of ‘out of sight out of mind’. The last time we had Shang Palace dim sum was some years ago and we thought that the (then) new dim sum chef had done a great job. We returned recently for a long overdue lunch of the Shang Palace dim sum.
The Yen Restaurant Taipei W Hotel was the best restaurant in Taipei that we tried during our recent trip there. This fine dining Chinese restaurant at the top of the W Hotel in the Xinyi District of Taipei is currently ranked by TripAdvisor as the #3 of 12,163 restaurants in Taipei. There is currently no Taipei Michelin Guide list of restaurants but there are expectations for a first edition – 2018 Taipei Michelin Guide (see Straits Times story Taipei to get its first ever Michelin guide). We are pretty sure Yen Restaurant Taipei will do very well when the Michelin Guide get published for the city.
We all know Imperial Treasure as the Peking duck and dim sum people. They are not the first place that comes to mind when we think of coffee and desserts. At the 100AM Mall in Tanjong Pagar (next to Amara Hotel), we saw the Imperial Treasure Bakery & Cafe and we thought of Chinese restaurant items like bo lo bao (菠蘿包). But they also have a nice looking coffee machine and a cake display. We decided to have our coffee and desserts at Imperial Treasure Bakery & Cafe instead of the more usual choices at Tanjong Pagar.
Taste Paradise is one of two Paradise restaurants at Ion Orchard. The other one is Paradise Dynasty. To add to the potential for confusion, they are both situated on the fourth floor, so diners need to be clear where they want to go. For us the answer is clear – the Taste Paradise Ion is the restaurant we like more.
Orchard Hotel Hua Ting Chinese restaurant has reopened after undergoing a few months of renovations. This famous restaurant is one of the stalwarts of the Chinese dining scene in Singapore. It is a popular restaurant. Our weekend lunch slot was secured only because we booked two weeks in advance. We were given an 11.00 am seating that had to be vacated by 12.30. Getting a prime time lunch reservation must be a precious commodity as we received three telephone calls prior to the appointed time to confirm our lunch. Having “triple-confirmed” our slot, we looked forward to the new and improved Orchard Hotel Hua Ting restaurant.
The standard of the Crystal Jade dim sum has always been high. Crystal Jade is always a consistent Chinese restaurant we turn to when we can’t think of anything else. Having outlets all over Singapore also makes it easy to find them. Their nicest outlet in Singapore is the Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon. It is also the branch with a 1 Michelin star award. It is beautiful with a classy ambience. But they have made a major change to the decor. Can you spot the change?