Crys­tal Jade Golden Palace

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This con­tem­po­rary fine din­ing Chi­nese restau­rant is a much lauded es­tab­lish­ment, hav­ing won sev­eral awards and ac­co­lades over the years for its su­perb cui­sine and ser­vice.

Un­like its sis­ter restau­rants un­der the Crys­tal Jade Group which mostly spe­cialise in Can­tonese cui­sine, Golden Palace’s forte lies in Teochew cui­sine. Lit­tle sur­prise, then, that the restau­rant calls its Teochew mar­i­nated ap­pe­tiser com­bi­na­tion one of its sig­na­ture dishes. Din­ers can choose from braised duck meat, duck web, oc­to­pus, pork belly and bean curd, etc.

That is not to say that the Can­tonese-style dishes can­not hold their own here. In­deed, Golden Palace is very pop­u­lar for its dim sum, so much so that reser­va­tions are highly ad­vis­able at lunch and on week­ends as the restau­rant tends to get quite full. Golden Palace’s bill of fare in­cludes some unique con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cre­ations, such as pan-fried foie gras and ap­ple with caramel for those af­ter a lit­tle some­thing dif­fer­ent for an ap­pe­tiser.

There is also the pan-fried Kurobuta pork chop with minced gar­lic, which is, per­haps, more mod­ern in terms of its plat­ing, rather than in its ex­e­cu­tion. The an­gel hair pasta with seafood and black truf­fle is cer­tainly one dish you would not likely find in an­other Chi­nese restau­rant.

The ex­pan­sive restau­rant boasts a six-me­tre-wide wine cel­lar that stocks a for­mi­da­ble col­lec­tion of wines, rang­ing from af­ford­able, easy­drink­ing wines to highly cov­eted Grand Crus that are the envy of wine col­lec­tors. Paragon Shop­ping Cen­tre, #05-22, 290 Or­chard Road, Sin­ga­pore 238859

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