Madame Fan


This is the first South­east Asian out­post of restau­ra­teur Alan Yau’s restau­rant em­pire, and what an im­pres­sion it is mak­ing. With its chic plush set­ting—think vel­vet-lined ban­quette seats, chan­de­liers and a DJ spin­ning cool beats—Madame Fan re­sem­bles a glam­orous wa­ter­ing hole more than a Chi­nese restau­rant.

Given the mod­ern set­ting, it is only fit­ting that the tra­di­tional shares the spot­light with the con­tem­po­rary on the menu, re­sult­ing in an eclec­tic yet suc­cinct se­lec­tion of dishes. Along­side a dim sum menu avail­able for lunch, high­lights from the din­ner menu in­clude the beau­ti­fully scented Four Trea­sure soup served in a young co­conut. Rich with flavour and brim­ming with fish maw, sea cu­cum­ber and dried Hokkaido scal­lop, this is a fine ex­am­ple of Can­tonese dou­ble-boiled soup. The drunken mud crab kissed with heady 20-year-old Gu Yue Long Shan rice wine and served on silky rice noo­dles is an­other clas­sic beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted, as is the steamed soon hock lightly sea­soned with fra­grant Hong Koy soy sauce.

Other lovely dishes round up the menu—such as gam­bero rosso prawn wok-fried with XO, green chilli and chewy caramelised pineap­ple; Aus­tralian rib­eye tossed in a fiery Sarawak black pep­per sauce; and park car­bonara with Inaniwa udon, sea urchin and soft-boiled egg. For dessert, the vanilla souffle with home­made sour­sop ice cream is light as air and cer­tainly well worth the 20 minute-wait. The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1921

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