Three new restaurants offering scrumptious Chinese chow. By Rachel Ang
Three new restaurants offering scrumptious Chinese chow
What it is: A new flagship establishment by The Privé Group, this time featuring a fresh Chinese dining concept. Situated on the ground level of the newly renovated Asian Civilisations Museum, the restaurant offers a calming view of the Singapore River and vibrant Boat Quay. You can choose to dine either indoors, in the alfresco terrace, or even book Canton, the private dining room that provides a more intimate space for up to 14. Guests who come to Empress to quench their thirst will also not be disappointed by the generously stocked six- metre bar. It’s also a great place to chill and relax over its champagne dim sum brunch on weekends.
What to expect: Familiar tastes in a fresh and modern setting, with delicious Cantonese cuisine served up without “the stuffiness of conventional Chinese dining”, to quote The Privé Group chairman, Yuan Oeji. Empress is a juxtaposition of different elements, most particularly Asian cuisine served within the compound of a colonial heritage building, but in an elegantly beautiful and spacious restaurant setting with high ceiling and a contemporary design of expansive glass façade facing the waterfront that lets in plenty of natural sunlight during daytime.
What to order: As with most traditional Chinese meals, it’s never a bad idea to go with a group of friends or family to share the dishes. In fact, the more the merrier. Also, it’s always awesome to be able to start off your meal with a signature dish, particularly one as perfectly tender and mouth-wateringly tasty as the triple roast platter, complete with crackling roast pork, char siew, and pork ribs, all sticky with sauce. Follow that up with an appetiser of crispy cod that is cooked “Bi Feng Tang” style, or opt for one of the Western-style salads like the crispy white bait salad. Make sure you don’t miss out on the selection of Cantonese soups, such as the king prawn dumpling in supreme broth, and you won’t regret ordering the seafood spinach tofu either. A serving of the healthy but flavourful fried brown rice medley should fill up any extra stomach space you might have left, but remember to make room for whimsical desserts like the cempedak crème brûlée, the jasmine tea poached pear, or even the sticky date and longan pudding. Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place #01- 03, Singapore 179555. Tel: 6238 8733