Cherry Gar­den

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Step­ping into Cherry Gar­den is akin to en­ter­ing a Zen gar­den; an im­me­di­ate feel­ing of peace and calm de­scends upon you. The decor is stately and sooth­ing, tra­di­tional yet charm­ing, with warm or­ange hues and dark teak pan­els. Ideal for quiet lunches and in­ti­mate din­ners, at­ten­tive ser­vice staff are al­ways on hand to of­fer menu sug­ges­tions, bev­er­ages, and fresh plates.

Cherry Gar­den’s take on Can­tonese cui­sine is im­pres­sive. A musthave is its sig­na­ture char­coal-roasted bar­be­cue meat plat­ter, fea­tur­ing juicy roasted duck bear­ing crisp thin skin, pork belly with crunchy crack­ling and ten­der honey-glazed Kurobuta pork char siew. An­other out­stand­ing dish is the fra­grant golden pump­kin soup cradling morel mush­rooms and diced chicken.

The menu also of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of live seafood, from abalone and sea cu­cum­ber, to fish and lob­ster. From its spe­cial­i­ties, try the oven-baked cod fil­let, mar­i­nated with honey and glazed with black pep­per, an en­tic­ing com­bi­na­tion of sweet and spicy. The chilli crab­meat in man­tou cups, mean­while, of­fer an in­ter­est­ing, mod­ern take on a lo­cal favourite.

Round off the meal with the aro­matic stir-fried rice ver­mi­celli show­ered with prawns and scal­lops, sil­ver sprouts and yel­low chives, and gor­geously scented with se­same oil and wok hei. For dessert, the cher­ries in nu er hong and aged wine jelly with ly­chee sor­bet, as well as the cream of mango with pomelo and lime sor­bet pro­vide a re­fresh­ingly sat­is­fy­ing end. Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Sin­ga­pore, Ma­rina Square, 5 Raf­fles Av­enue, Sin­ga­pore 039797

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