Peony Jade (Clarke Quay)

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Chinese - 02-02 Clarke Quay, 3A River Val­ley Road, S(179020) TEL: 6338 0305 pe­ony­jade.com

Lo­cated on the first floor of a river­front build­ing, this restau­rant has clas­sic Chi­nese im­agery through­out its roomy in­te­ri­ors—red lanterns hang­ing from the ceil­ing, wooden lat­tice pat­terns on the walls and a moon gate (in this case, mir­rored) that al­most looks like it leads some­where. The menu is ex­pan­sive and fea­tures Sichuan and Can­tonese dishes. And if you find it dif­fi­cult to choose which dishes to or­der, sim­ply ask the alert staff for help. The pre­sen­ta­tion varies from classy (char siu on a heavy black slate tile) to unique (hot-and-sour soup in the kind of dessert glass used for chen­dol or scoops of ice cream). The dish of king prawns is served with a com­fort­ing pump­kin sauce, while the smoked duck has hints of smok­i­ness, though its flesh could be more suc­cu­lent. You’d do well to add in an or­der of ut­terly ten­der beef steak or lamb baked Chi­nese-style.

TATLER TIP

Lunchtime din­ers should ask to see the dim sum menu, as the servers might not au­to­mat­i­cally present it. Note that the por­tion sizes for à la carte items are huge.

SIG­NA­TURE DISHES

1. Szechuan cam­phor wood and fra­grant tea leaf-smoked duck with

steamed flower buns

2. King prawns (de-shelled) gar­nished with creamy pump­kin sauce 3. Deep-fried scal­lops served two ways in taro nest with noble sauce 4. Baked Chi­nese-style lamb and/or beef steak with The Pump Room

mi­cro­brew­ery beer

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