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For anyone driving and parking, the entrance to the restaurant is frankly bizarre, like walking via a stairway to HDB block or old shopping plaza. The space itself is quite grand, with high ceilings, numerous crystal rod chandeliers, and panels of painted glass, but overall the interior appears a little dated. The lack of natural light doesn’t help—diners might feel like they are eating in an old hotel ballroom. The size of the space, and the many large round tables at the restaurants, mean that Golden Peach can easily accommodate groups.
Good and dependable are adjectives that best sum up the food at Peach Garden—it never hits any highs nor does it disappoint. The fried eggplant, a generous helping of slivers of eggplant served with sweet pork floss, is as addictive as junk food but without the oiliness and unpleasant aftertaste. The dough is crispy and the inside has a creamy consistency that makes it melt in the mouth.
Hot and sour soup has a fine, dense viscosity but what’s most enjoyable is the sharp chili kick that warms the back of your throat. Less memorable is the shark fin’s soup with shark cartilage that has a broth with very mild flavour. A better soup option is the shark’s fin soup with fish maw; it’s richer, milkier, whiter, with a pleasingly sticky mouth-feel and a satisfying aftertaste.
Desserts—given a visual twist by being served in young coconut—excel, especially the fine mango sago pomelo, with the fragrant bittersweet pomelo complementing the juicy, sweet cubes of mango.
The wine list is presented on an iPad, and has a standard selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. There are three house pours that are only available by the bottle, and two house wines (one white, one red) available by the glass, including a Noblesse Merlot from Chile.
Waiters are very attentive and while never hovering, they are always aware of the progression of a meal and quick to clear plates or ask if you need another drink. Don’t expect to remember much about them apart from their quiet, slick efficiency.
Expect to pay about $100 per head, including a glass of wine, for a meal. The dim sum menu has all the usual suspects, but represents a fine value, priced at 50% off at lunch for most of the week.