Peach Garden OCBC Centre – dim sum and Peking duck lunch

The Peach Garden OCBC Centre Chinese restaurant is an impressive place. It takes up a large space on the 33rd floor of the OCBC Bank’s head office building along Chulia Street. If the spaciousness of the place does not take your breath clear away, the clear aerial view over Singapore probably will. We were there for a sumptuous dim sum and Peking duck lunch.

Peach Garden OCBC Centre

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The Best Bo Lo Bao in Singapore

We think the best bo lo bao in Singapore can be found at the Wah Lok Restaurant in the Carlton Hotel along Bras Basah Road. Good dim sum restaurants are expected to have the basic dim sum items like char siu bao and har kao done right. Wah Lok is one restaurant that does all this plus also the very important bo lo bao. This is the place to go in Singapore when we are in the mood for bolo bao.

Wah Lok Dim Sum

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Dining Place By Chef Heman, Centrepoint Orchard Road

Dining Place By Chef Heman is a new Chinese restaurant in Centrepoint mall on Orchard Road, Singapore.  According to a 13 Sep 2016 New Paper article,  Chef Heman is an outstanding person. Overcoming serious personal setbacks earlier in life, the 48-year-old chef is now a celebrated culinary artist, ceramicist and triathlete. He was previously the executive chef of the JP Pepperdine Group, which operates restaurants such as Jack’s Place. He was appointed chief culinary officer of the Soup Restaurant Group in late 2016.

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New dim sum menu at Summer Pavilion, Michelin star Chinese restaurant

Ritz Carlton’s Summer Pavilion is a busy place at lunchtime on a weekend. We had called ahead and were fortunate to secure the only remaining table. It was worth the effort as we discovered that a refreshed dim sum menu had been introduced at this one Michelin star Chinese restaurant in Singapore.

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Tóng Lè Private Dining (同樂) – revolving restaurant at Clifford Pier

Tóng Lè Private Dining 同樂 is the leading restaurant in the Tung Lok group. It is perched at the top of the OUE Tower which was formerly known as the Change Alley Aerial Tower. The revolving restaurant structure had been there as long as I remember. In the eighties, it was occupied by a Chinese restaurant known as Red Lantern Revolving Restaurant. I think that name might have been inspired by the Chinese name for Clifford Pier :  红灯码头. Anyway, that area has changed a lot in recent times and Tóng Lè Private Dining took over the revolving restaurant in 2012.

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Central Hong Kong Café (Wheelock Place)

There has been some negative news about Orchard Road recently. See for example the Straits Times story on 16 April 2017. We think that the recent talk about the potential demise of Orchard Road is slightly exaggerated. Of course there are many things wrong that need to be fixed.  Sky-high carpark rates is one of them.  But overall, we think that Orchard Road is (still) a fantastic place.  There must be a thousand food options in the area. Best of all, it is inclusive with something for all budgets. From swanky Michelin star restaurants to humble places for the ordinary patrons. This is where Central Hong Kong Café (Wheelock Place) comes in, a comfortable place where we can get a meal for less than $10 each.

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