Royal Pavilion, a fairly new restaurant which has built up their name with Cantonese dishes is up-ing the culinary ante with their first menu creations for Chinese New Year! Of course with a touch of Cantonese cuisine in this special festive menu as well. :)
Even before trying the food, I've already attached by the beautiful restaurant!
Love the elegant and modern look of Royal Pavilion!
Yet conserving some of the Chinese tradition in it.
Spot me in the picture? :P
Fantastic place to take picture of food because of the bright setting!
Royal Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng
Priced at $68++ for a small serving (4 to 6 guests) and $88++ for large serving (6 to 8 guests).
Available for dine-in & takeaway (1-day advance order required).
Love the shape of this Yu Sheng! So cute! :D
The "fish" looks so poor thing here? Haha!
Yu Sheng is always one of my favourite CNY dish! :D This was good, but thicker salmon slices would be more than welcome. ^^
Royal Fried Lamb Shank
Priced at S$48++ per serving (for up to 4 guests). Available for dine-in only. (1-day advance order required).
Lamb is very popular on the CNY menu. Well it's the year of Goat! But sadly, I'm not a huge fan of lamb.
This is the suggested way of enjoying this lamb shank, accompanying handcrafted wraps, sliced spring onions, hoisin sauce, coriander, and sliced cucumber. It actually reminded me of perking duck! Haha!
Braised 4-Head South African Abalone in Superior Pumpkin Broth
Priced at S$68++ per serving. Available for dine-in & takeaway (1-day advance order required).
is an old classic at festivities with a new humbling twist.
Whoa! Probably the favourite dish of the night! I'm not exactly a big fan of abalone, but this one was so good! A pity that the pumpkin broth lacks the taste of pumpkin in it. Don't get me wrong, the broth was really tasty! Filled with the essence of chicken and pork. However, the name of the dish says "superior pumpkin broth" so I was expecting more. :P
Royal Smoked Duck
Voted as 2014's top 10 dishes by LianHeZaoBao and I could totally see why! Meat was so moist and juicy and paired with the crispy skin. OMG. No wonder the duck was gone in no time!
You know that a duck is well executed when even the breast meat (supposedly the driest part of the duck) tasted moist and juicy!
Pan fried 8 treasures glutinous rice served with brown sugar
Didn't expect the glutinous to be served sweet actually. Very innovate plating too, where the glutinous rice is flatten and sliced to serve just like a pizza.
There a mixture of reviews for this. Some still prefers the savoury version while some were fond of this. I'm definitely the latter.
The chewiness of the glutinous rice actually reminded me of pan fried mochi! Well, they are technically of the same ingredients, so no surprise here. I suggest you to eat with the brown sugar! It will enhance the flavour of the "rice pizza". :)
Pan fried rice cake with egg
Another must-try food during CNY is "rice cake/nian gao".
Royal Pavilion has one of the best rice cake I've tried! Pleasantly sweet without making you feel like you might just get diabetic if you have more. Its really soft and not the chewy type which I don't really like. It would have been better if the rice cake was coated with a thicker layer of eggs. :)
Deep fried 3 layers rice cake
This is purple sweet potato and yam sandwiching the awesome niao gao. Just looking at the ingredients, I know I'll love this. True enough, this was another hot favourite on the table! I wish there were more pieces~ :P
Undoubtedly there were hits and misses for me in this first CNY menu by Royal Pavilion but the good ones were seriously tasty! Must try the abalone, smoke duck and 3 layers rice cake. MUST!
The inaugural Chinese New Year creations at Royal Pavilion are available from 9 February to 5 March 2015.
Level 1, Park Regis Singapore
23 Merchant Road
Tel: +65 6818 8851
Mondays to Sundays - 11:30am to 2:30pm, and 6:30pm to 10:30pm