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Someone recently raised an observation that Asians have the habit of taking a picture of their food. I am pretty guilty of that, often posting food pictures on Instagram.

I have tried a few new places recently, and have dutifully posted some snaps on Instagram. I thought it would great to consolidate and share these eateries with all of you. Coincidentally, all my recommendations today serve Asian/Chinese food!

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1. Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant
8 Mosque Street

A very old-school Teochew restaurant with foldable chairs and wooden round tables that are reminiscent of Chinese restaurants in the 70s, Lee Kui is famous for their cold crabs. Whilst I didn’t try this dish (a tad too heavy for lunch?), the steamed pomfret, oyster omelette and the yam paste dessert (pictured above) are highly recommended. The yam paste (Or Nee) dessert did not contain lard but still tasted very smooth and flavourful.

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Miss Glitzy went to Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard for team lunch. I have heard so much about this restaurant, which is the flagship store of Taste Paradise group and is always packed on weekends! Photos were taken with the mobile phone as my colleagues were staring.

The restaurant is huge and its interior is very elegant, totally infused with the Oriental mood and feel. You are the Emperor(ess) here. Portraits of the past Chinese Emperors adorn the walls of Taste Paradise. The embossed table cloth and the table finery helps you to better indulge in your Imperial fantasy.

Beneath the Oriental look and feel, there is an inkling of the Western culture. The tea cup – Chinese tea cups do not have handles!

This fusion of East meet West is also reflected in the food. The Dim Sum Trio that kick-started the lunch was displayed like a dim-sum platter with a shrimp dumpling, Japanese-like fried vegetable fritter and a shiu mai (Chinese pork+shrimp dumpling) with mentaiko.

The Peking Duck was served with prawn crackers. Each flour skin was wrapped with crispy duck skin and some duck meat, so the wrap tasted quite wholesome. However, I must say that I’m still a fan of Minjiang’s Peking Duck!

The Imperial Hot and Sour Seafood soup helped to enhance the appetite for more dishes later. Not exceptional but I like the mix of spicy and sour tastes.

The Sauteed Minced Duck with Lettuce on bed of Potato Chip was another example of East-West fusion. The remaining Peking Duck meat was diced and stir-fried with letters and other condiments. Instead of serving the dish with fresh lettuces, Taste Paradise used the Potato Chips instead. It was innovative, but the potato chip was not very crispy and that kinda spoiled the dish.

The Chilled Mango Puree with Sago and Pomelo Topped with Coconut Ice-cream dessert made a dramatic entrance with loads of dry ice beneath the glass bowl.  Despite occasional shakes from the “vibrating” dry ice, I totally love it! The coconut ice-cream was a good addition to this traditional Mango dessert.

Verdict
Some may find the restaurant’s interior too gaudy but Miss Glitzy personally finds it unique and exquisite. The service is impeccable and this is a good place for formal gatherings – such as business lunches or large family reunions!

Taste Paradise 味之樓
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07
ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9660

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The China Club is a members-only restaurant cum bar located at the 52nd storey of Capital Tower. Standing on top of the building overseeing the Central Business District and Singapore’s port, the view from the top is an interesting juxtaposition of its Oriental interior.

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As Miss Glitzy didn’t bring her camera, all photos were snapped using her mobile phone. The restaurant is adorned with Oriental wallpaper, wooden lattices, complete with bright coloured curtains and huge lanterns. It felt like an exclusive sanctuary in the old prosperous Shanghai era.

Miss Glitzy was there for a company lunch and the bossie placed the order. So Miss Glitzy had no idea what she was eating most of the time!

chinaclub2Chinese Dim Sum – Carrot cake and Shrimp Dumpling

The China Club is apparently well-known for their fantastic dim sum.

The Shrimp Dumpling is worth the mention as it is one of the best Miss Glitzy has ever tasted. The skin was soft and thin and the shrimp filling was succulent, fresh and … for the lack of a better word, “bountiful”!

chinaclub3Soup of the day – Braised Apple and Chicken soup

Forgetful Miss Glitzy can’t remember the full name of this delicious soup. But ask the waitress if they have any soup with braised apple! This soup was heavenly! Tasty and fragrant, the soup was evidently boiled for a good many hours as the apple was very very soft and literally melted in the mouth.

chinaclub4Prawn with Broccoli

It’s hard to go wrong with this dish. The prawn was huge and succulent.

Wagyu beef

The wagyu beef slices were cooked in kungpao way. The beef slices were thick and tender while the brinjal slices were soft – just the way Miss Glitzy loves it!

chinaclub5Mushroom tempura in vermicelli nest

Pardon Miss Glitzy for not knowing what this dish is called. If it helps, the bossie doesn’t know either!

Beneath the fried mushrooms was stir-fried asparagus, bamboo shoots, black fungus and carrots. The stir-fried veges were refreshing and a good complement with the fried mushroom and vermicelli nest.

chinaclub6HK-style mango puree with pomelo and coconut cream

No one ever goes wrong with this Hong Kong dessert. Some may find the China Club’s version a bit watery but Miss Glitzy was quite happy with it. In retrospect, she should have ordered the Avocado Cream as it has received some great reviews!

Verdict

This is a great venue for company events! Great food, great view and great interiors – that’s all you would ask for for the ideal corporate party! As a exclusive members-only restaurant, it’s not hard to guess that most patrons are from matured corporate crowd. Sloppy dressing is also not allowed.

The China Club is also opened in Hong Kong and Beijing.

The China Club – Singapore
168 Robinson Road
52F Capital Tower
Tel: 6820 2388

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