Chopstick Cul­ture

Three new restau­rants of­fer­ing scrump­tious Chi­nese chow. By Rachel Ang

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Three new restau­rants of­fer­ing scrump­tious Chi­nese chow

Empress

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

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