Full of Luck Club
For the next generation of diners whose parents frequent Li Bai at Sheraton Towers, the younger Full of Luck Club is a repackaging of traditional Chinese fare decorated with pop culture references and Instagram-approved decor. Instead of plain porcelain tableware, dishes such as the Crispy Aromatic Duck (S$35 for half, S$70 for whole) or Braised Spinach Beancurd (S$16) are presented on wooden trays and pastelcoloured ceramics. Clean contemporary furnishings continue on the second floor where you’re greeted with a life-sized fa cai mao (fortune cat), a mural of various Chinese icons on the wall, groups of dove-shaped lamps sitting on turquoise ceiling beams and a hidden bar.
You might have heard of Full Luck Club at Craft Singapore, a beer and cider festival, earlier this year where they debuted brews from Hong Kong Beer Company and those unforgettable baos. There are five savoury options but we’ve narrowed them down to the best two – Kung Pao Fried Chicken flavoured with dried chilli and peanuts, and Braised Pork Belly with pickled lotus root and coriander then sandwiched in between two pillow-soft mantou buns (S$9.80 for two). Having one on-the-go? Step up to the Bao Bar, a takeaway window at the entrance, to see it assembled and packed in, but what else, an Instagramworthy box. ◆ 243 Holland Avenue. Tel: 65/6208-6845 www.fullofluck.club is placed before the diner in a seemingly never-ending trail of gustatory surprises. One of the most memorable dishes was the kama toro (the flesh around the coller bone), which was given a light aburi by chef Ishibashi gently hovering hot binchotan coals over the fish. The service manager then explained that chef uses binchotan coals instead of a blowtorch so he doesn’t overcook the fish.
Other highlights include the baked crab rice (kani gohan) topped with Hokkaido uni and ikura, as well as the delightful abalone from Chiba, which was braised to perfect doneness, then sliced and served with a delicious sauce made from its liver, egg, oil and miso.
#02-02A, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road. Tel: 65/6423-9939 www.shoukouwa.com.sg