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The eye-catching swathes of cream with contrasting dark wood paneling of the interior portray a sophisticated and understated elegance of this modern restaurant. Located in the depths of Goodwood Park, the stroll through the hotel brings one back to days of fastidious grandmas heralding the little ones to this establishment. The wooden high chairs are reasonably cosy for those long afternoon dim sums especially with the natural light streaming in through the glass-paneled doors. The evening brings on a different texture to the furnishing as the dark wood punctuates the visual horizon.
For over 30 years, Min Jiang has been the venerable flagship Chinese restaurant of Goodwood Park, and is one of the culinary destinations for celebrations amongst families in Singapore. Cantonese and Sichuan flavours dominate the menu, and the kitchen’s finesse in executing these cuisines is evident in their recommendations.
The hot and sour soup is a flavourful and fragrant way to start the meal, as the sharp and tangy undertones set the palate for what’s more to come. Pair it with an interesting starter, the chilled beancurd with sakura ebi and mashed century egg on the side. Served in a creative way, the crabmeat that accompanies it is infused with sake and served in a mini Martini glass.
Do try the crispy roasted chicken which demonstrates the kitchen’s ability to get the crispiness of the chicken skin just right. The Min Jiang version is simply memorable with the right amount of crunch to the bite and the succulent meat yielding freshness with every mouthful.
Meat dishes are cooked well too, as evident in the beef cubes with black pepper sauce. The wok-hei is evident in this dish that tests the chef’s mettle with the wok.
As expected for the hotel’s flagship Chinese restaurant, a fairly comprehensive selection of wines by the bottles are available. House wines are on tap by the glass for casual indulgence and a wine-of-the-month promotion is always on the menu. Vintage Chinese wines are available and are perfect for matching with the fiery food.
The service attitude of the waitstaff are professional and attentive as befitting a restaurant of this stature. While the frontline service is of a younger age, the maturity and sincerity shines through with every step of the evening. Very commendable service and one which other establishments can benchmark against.
Lunch service comes in at about $60-80 per person while dinner service is upwards of $80 per person without beverages. Do indulge in a bottle of wine for the evening as the pricing is of fair value.