Lei Gar­den Restau­rant

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Chinese - 01-24 Chi­jmes, 30 Victoria Street, S(187996) TEL: 6339 3822 leigar­den.hk

Thirty years af­ter be­ing one of the first restau­rants from Hong Kong to open in Sin­ga­pore to great fan­fare, Lei Gar­den Sin­ga­pore has stayed on top of its game. The in­te­ri­ors are mod­ern Euro­pean, save for the floor-to-ceil­ing tanks of live sea crea­tures. No sur­prise, Lei Gar­den ex­cels in its seafood and soup dishes. While the menu fea­tures a va­ri­ety of broths, opt for the daily spe­cial: a richly nour­ish­ing brew of dried figs, Bud­dha’s hand melon and pork. The crispy roast pork cubes are cov­ered in a layer of crunchy crack­ling as promised, but there are sev­eral other gems such as the uber-silky and gelati­nous braised goose web with mush­rooms and tofu skin, and sautéed beef and foie gras cubes with spring onions. For desserts, don’t miss the sig­na­ture mango, grape­fruit and sago soup, which launched the trend in Sin­ga­pore decades ago, and the al­mond cream with egg white. Ser­vice is pol­ished and dishes are ad­e­quately spaced out.

TATLER TIP

The wine list doesn’t scrimp on top-growth Lafite Roth­schild and Cristal cham­pagne, but with a limited se­lec­tion in gen­eral, it might be worth bring­ing your own bot­tles. The pre­mium tea se­lec­tion is also im­pres­sive.

SIG­NA­TURE DISHES

1. Crispy roasted pork

2. Steamed grouper fil­let with bean­curd in XO sauce 3. Baked lob­ster with salt and cheese

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