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The dining hall is elegant and well lit. All furnishings are well coordinated, muted and project an exclusive feel. There’s ample space amongst diners for some peace and quiet. Table settings, porcelains and stemware are all of excellent quality. Table linens are well chosen to match with the muted tones of the surroundings. The noise level is excellent as there is sufficient soft furnishing to absorb the noise. There are two private rooms and two alcoves for dinner parties that require more privacy. Each of these takes about a dozen diners.
In spite of much competition in town, the roast Peking duck here is outstanding. The duck is presented whole and then carved tableside for effect. The smoky, aromatic, crispy skin and tender meat combines perfectly with the thin and light pancakes, marinated orange peel, spring onion and yellow bean sauce to give you the perfect mouthful.
Another highlight of the dinner, the simmered duo noodles with Boston lobster features fresh and juicy lobster halves. These are served with noodles that are fried and tossed in a rich, decadent sauce, slow simmered from the juices of the cooked lobsters. The result is a heavenly dish that keeps the diner pining for more.
For a refreshing and sweet end to the dinner, order the shaved coconut ice with pineapple, kidney beans and gula Melaka. The combination is both tropical and local, with the creamy coconut ice melting in the caramelised pineapple, sweet kidney beans and gula Melaka. It’s a truly scrumptious treat.
The wine offering is quite comprehensive with more than 120 labels from Old and New World sources. Most of the labels are on the pricier side. The list is also very generous on the housepours, featuring six whites, six reds, five champagnes, one rose and four dessert wines. Wine service is knowledgeable and confident but you need to ask for the manager who speaks English to help you with wine pairings, as quite a few of the staff are Mandarin speaking
The service at this restaurant is very good indeed. From the telephone booking to the welcome, the staff are able to project a personable and warm attitude in handling the diner. Tableside service is solicitous without being too fussy. Service all around is consistent, warm and very genuinely friendly. The staff are also very well-trained that they never interrupt a conversation, yet they manage to constantly enquire if everything was going on well with the meal, and if we needed anything else.
The price can be on the high side—especially the prices of the wines. Food and service wise, the bill is reasonably good value for money given the quality offered.