Peach Garden Chinatown Point is another branch of the popular Chinese restaurant chain. The Chinatown Point outlet is described by Peach Garden as their “fine, casual dining extension” which they explained as an attempt to combine the best of both worlds – offering “award-winning cuisine of Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant and the relaxed vibe of Peach Garden Noodle House”. We went for lunch at Peach Garden Chinatown Point recently and thought that they managed to hit the sweet spot where we could get good food in a smart casual setting.
We remembered Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) at Plaza Singapura to be bright and cheery. When we revisited it recently, we saw that it had been transformed into something dark and rather mysterious. Lao Beijing at Plaza Singapura now looks like a hip modern cafe designed to resemble an old Chinese teahouse, with a mix of classic Chinese paintings and modern art pieces on the premises. You would expect a restaurant named old Beijing to serve Northern Chinese fare, but Southern Sichuan dishes are also on its menu. Is this a case of 一腳不踏二船 (yī jiǎo tà liǎng chuán) – straddling two boats at the same time?
According to the MINDEF website, “Temasek Club aims to promote greater interaction amongst the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officers, senior military experts and their families as well as to build cohesion within MINDEF/SAF units.” Well away from the main Bukit Timah thoroughfare, the club is located deep inside Rifle Range Road. What is of interest to us are the two restaurants in Temasek Club, which are open to the public. Today, we take a look at the Chinese restaurant at Temasek Club, the Dragon Phoenix Grand.
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.
The Golden Peony Chinese restaurant in the Conrad Hotel Singapore is a beautiful place. The overall feel of the place is bright and contemporary. But there were enough subtle clues such as the big round tables, the art on the walls and scattered Chinese antique-styled furniture to leave us in no doubt that this was a Chinese restaurant.
Grand Pavilion Cuisine & Cafe is a restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine as well as a cafe serving dim sum and Singaporean local dishes. Staffed with chefs from Hong Kong, Grand Pavilion Restaurant occupies the inner space which gives diners a view of the Marina Bay. The restaurant serves the full range of typical Cantonese dishes. Grand Pavilion Cafe is the casual sibling out in the open concourse area. The Cafe serves dim sum as well as a variety of local delights like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Prawn Noodle Soup and Bak Kut Teh. Continue reading →