Peach Garden @ 33, OCBC Centre
Commanding panoramic views of the Singapore River and Padang, this stalwart Cantonese restaurant is popular with the business set on weekdays and for family gatherings on weekends. The menu lists a typical selection of dishes, but do ask the manager for seasonal or chef’s specials. Crowdpleasers include the fragrant, umami-rich fried carrot cake with XO sauce and the generous seafood soup served in a melon tower. For fans of century egg, the restaurant’s clever take on the Scotch egg with a crisp prawn paste exterior is a winner. The braised fish paste noodles in sweet soy sauce is an interesting alternative to noodles, providing a less starchy and toothsome texture without any fishiness. Leave room for dessert, as there’s a good selection of various desserts served in a fresh coconut; the house speciality is Chinese almond (apricot kernel) paste soup.
Private rooms of various sizes can be booked to accommodate one or multiple tables. The plus? All of them enjoy city views.
1. Fried carrot cake with XO sauce
2. Double-boiled assorted seafood in golden melon 3. Deep-fried prawns with wasabi salad cream 4. Hokkien-style braised fish paste noodle with live prawns