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?
It has been twenty-eight years since we last dined at Cantonese restaurant, Li Bai Sheraton Towers. At that time Sheraton Towers was one of the newest 5-star hotels in Singapore. It was more glamorous than the other Sheraton Hotel in Singapore, the Century Park Sheraton at Nassim. The latter became the ANA Hotel and was eventually demolished to make way for a condominium built in its place. Sheraton Towers is still standing tall and its two attractions are still there – the spectacular water fall view from the cafe and the grand curved stairway. The latter was a favourite photo spot for the ladies to show off their long evening dresses and bridal gowns. Many a wedding dinner was held in the hotel ballroom.
Where can we find good affordable Burgundy wine in Singapore, the most expensive city in the world? With the general high wine prices in Singapore and our alcohol tax regime, what is “affordable” is a matter of debate. The top ranking labels are out of reach of ordinary patrons. We look for less glamorous ones that hopefully offer good value for money. There was a sale at Vinum in Shaw Centre a couple of months ago and we picked up these white Burgundy wines which cost less than $100 each. Where else better to try them out than with dim sum and Chinese food at our favourite Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
We had a claypot & dim sum lunch at Peach Blossoms Chinese restaurant in the Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore. It has been sometime since we last visited this hotel at Marina Square. The first thing we noticed were the birds singing in cages in the atrium and just outside. At first we thought they were just fake birds with recorded sounds, but they were real – alive and singing.
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.