Swatow Seafood Restaurant – Authentic Teochew Food At Reasonable Prices

Swatow Restaurant

That sense of familiarity when stepping into the huge space at Toa Payoh where Swatow Seafood Restaurant is is one that we can always resonate with. The Teochew restaurant brings to mind the good times we have with our families, and the aroma from the food is something we’ve known since we were kids.

As more traditional restaurants such as Swatow get lost with the younger generation, the stronger the need is to preserve the traditions and the culinary skills of Teochew cuisine and all the trained chefs. Most Teochew dishes take a lot of preparation time, and a restaurant like Swatow is hard to come by – where the food is not only the perfect comfort remedy, but nothing short of authentic and tasty.

Swatow Chinese Restaurant

As the Chinese New Year is drawing near, we are reminded again of our roots and a visit to this Teochew restaurant did just the trick for us. Here is everything to love about Swatow Seafood Restaurant – Authentic Teochew Fare For The Family At Reasonable Prices.


11 Highlights from Shin Yeh That Will Make You Feel Like You Are In Taiwan + Giveaway

Shin Yeh

Authentic, well-cooked and delicious Taiwanese food is hard to come by in our tiny nation. But thankfully, we have restaurants such as Shin Yeh to fill the void and to satisfy our cravings. This month, Shin Yeh introduces 24 new dim sum items to their lunch menu and 3 new main menu items that are sure to excite your tastebuds.

A renowned and established name worldwide, Shin Yeh has been gracing Singapore with authentic and refined Taiwanese cuisine since their partnership with the TungLok Group began back in 2008. Shin Yeh at Liang Court occupies a large space that is big enough to host event and parties.

Besides being an ideal place for large-group dinners, Shin Yeh makes a great place for you to kick back for an hour or so for lunch with your friends or family. Here’s introducing our 11 favourite items from their all-new dim sum lunch and all-day a la carte menu that will surely tempt you to try them all.

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Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium – An Under The Radar Chinese Restaurant To Check Out + Giveaway

Xin Cuisine

Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium may not be the fanciest Chinese restaurant around, neither does it have a lavishly posh interior to boast. But you know what? We love Xin Cuisine; always have, always will.

Xin Cuisine has a steady following accumulated over the decades, and if you’ve dined there before, you would know how they never disappoint. As for us, we enjoy its relatively quiet environment and how the chefs always upkeep the consistency of the food. No efforts are spared in putting the most tantalizing dishes on your table for your enjoyment.

Whether it is a gathering with family and friends, corporate luncheon with your esteemed business partners, or simply a quiet dinner with your loved one, a meal at Xin Cuisine will be ideal.

There are many dishes to fall in love with, and today, we share with you every reason to love Xin Cuisine. Here are the highlights of our meal.

Dim Sum

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Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific Singapore

Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific

With so many new restaurants opening in Singapore every week, it takes a good restaurant to survive amidst the competitive market, and an even better one to continuously stay at the forefront of the industry. Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore is one of them.

A stalwart in the local dining scene, Hai Tien Lo sets high standards for quality Cantonese cuisine and remains one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. It is the kind of place where you go for a smart yet casual luncheon with your business associates, to have dim sum with your friends during a gathering, or to celebrate your family member’s birthday.

Hai Tien Lo

Since joining Hai Tien Lo in 2004, Chef Lai Tong Ping has taken on the duty of lifting the restaurant to greater heights together with his team of chefs. It is no mean feat to straddle the line between sticking to classic Cantonese cooking and coming up with new and innovative creations to satisfy the ever-growing demands of diners.

To celebrate Chef Lai Tong Ping’s 10th anniversary at Hai Tien Lo, he has created ‘A Glorious Decade’ – an sophisticated six-course menu (S$108/pax, minimum of two guests) which showcases his signature hand-crafted creations, the dishes that best represent the cuisine and food philosophy at Hai Tien Lo.


Singapore’s Top 33 Chinese Restaurants

Singapore's Best Chinese Restaurants

The Chinese love their cuisine and socializing with friends, families and business associates is a big part of their lives and culture. Dining out is hence an indulgence and an essential – Peking duck, suckling pig, roast chicken, fresh seafood, double boiled soups…

There is no lack of good Chinese restaurants here in our sunny island, and Singapore is always in the spotlight for impressive Chinese cuisine. Whether you prefer the traditional style and ambience, or an occasion calls for fine dining, we’ve got that covered.

In this feature, we handpicked and present 33 of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore for you. And the next time your boss wants you to plan a corporate lunch, or you need an outlet to celebrate your Granny’s birthday, or whenever you want to seek solace in the fine and intricate world of Chinese flavours, you have these restaurants to add to your list.

Asia Grand


Despite the tough competition in Singapore’s food scene, Asia Grand at Odeon Tower remains one of the go-to places for businessmen to entertain their clients, as well as families to have their weekend yum cha because the food is always reliably good.

Some of the highlights include Steamed Bamboo Clam (S$10.80++), Roast Suckling Pig (S$80/160), Australia Grade 9 Wagyu Ribeye (S$70 for 200g), and Peking Duck (S$38).

331 North Bridge Road
Odeon Tower
Tel: +65 6887 0010
Mon to Sat: 10.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Blue Lotus CNY


Blue Lotus – Chinese Eating House is the only Chinese restaurant at Quayside Isle, and it offers simple but very well-executed Chinese food. Think classic dishes that are familiar and comforting, yet refined and exquisite with the use of premium ingredients.

31 Ocean Way
#01-13 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6339 0880
Mon to Thu, & Sun: 6pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront


From the outside, the restaurant is nothing special – in fact, it is easy to miss if you are not looking out for it – but once you have been here, you will understand why their regulars come back again and again. Chao Shan Cuisine is a no-frills restaurant that serves fantastic Teochew food. I’ll go so far as to say that it is one of the best Teochew restaurants in Singapore.

85 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6336 2390
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: City Hall/Bugis

Cherry Garden


Cherry Garden is as much about the ambience as it is about the authentic classic Cantonese dishes that it presents with a modern touch. Menu highlights include its Crispy Wasabi-aioli Prawns with fresh mango and fish roe, and Oven-baked Honey Marinated Cod Fillet.

The weekend dim sum brunch (S$68/adult, S$40/child) is a splendid way to spend an afternoon, and gives you the chance to sample most of the restaurant’s signature offerings.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall/Promenade

Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant


One of the most popular Chinese restaurant chain in Singapore – the recent takeover by French luxury group LVMH has further enhanced its reputation – Crystal Jade Restaurant is a familiar name to locals and expats alike.

Among all the restaurants under the group, our top pick is Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon. Here, you can look forward to refined Cantonese and Teochew fare with a contemporary twist.

290 Orchard Road
#05-22 The Paragon
Tel: +65 6734 6866
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6.00pm – 11pm
Sun & PH: 10.30am – 3.00pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Feng Shui Inn


At Feng Shui Inn, located within Crockfords Tower in Resorts World Sentosa, Chinese Head Chef Li Kwok Kwong and Chef de Cuisine Yip Cheung Shui have been dishing out fine Cantonese cuisine to its regulars which include businessmen, casino members, as well as families.

Prices are certainly not cheap, and it is not a place for every day dining. However, for times when you are celebrating an important occasion with your family, Feng Shui Inn is worth the treat.

Level G2, Crockfords Tower
39 Artillery Avenue
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Daily: 11.30am – 4am
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

Forest Restaurant


One of the most famous local chefs in Singapore, Chef Sam Leong needs no further introduction. He is currently the consultant of Forest at Resorts World Sentosa, which serves Chinese cuisine with a Western approach (in terms of food presentation). The restaurant’s interior design, inspired by the lush tropical rain forests, is modern and classy, making it a suitable restaurant for all occasions.

8 Sentosa Gateway
Level 1 Equarius Hotel
Resorts World Sentosa
Tel: +65 6577 7788
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am – 4pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

Imperial Treasure Fine Cuisine


The Imperial Treasure name is synonymous with good quality and consistently good Chinese food. The prices may be steep, but the high standard food, the friendly service make a meal at Imperial Treasure’s flagship outlet in Marina Bay Sands so reasonable.

Our favourite dishes here include the Steamed Bamboo Clams, Peking Duck, and its range of Chinese boiled soups. The Sweet & Sour Pork is also one of the best we have had in Singapore.

#L2-04, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 7788
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront

Hai Tian Lo


With so many new restaurants opening in Singapore every week, it takes a good restaurant to survive amidst the competitive market, and an even better one to continuously stay at the forefront of the industry. Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore is one of them.

A stalwart in the local dining scene, Hai Tien Lo sets high standards for quality Cantonese cuisine and remains one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. It is the kind of place where you go for a smart yet casual luncheon with your business associates, to have dim sum with your friends during a gathering, or to celebrate your family member’s birthday.

L3 Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6826 8240
Email: [email protected]
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall/Promenade

Hua Ting


One of the most reliable tables in town. Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel has been serving Cantonese delicacies for years and you can always be assured of a good meal here. The interior is not fancy, nor is the food particularly sophisticated. What it is, however, is simple and well-executed Chinese food.

Level 2, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6739 6666
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Jade Palace Restaurant


From the outside, Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant at Forum the Shopping Mall does not look like much. In fact, you will probably miss it unless you are familiar with the restaurant. However, Jade Palace is a popular spot for those in-the-know because the food here is always consistent and delicious. The claypot rice, in particular, is one of the best around, and you must try it when you are dining there.

Jade Palace also has one of the most impressive selection of wines among the Chinese restaurants in town. And oh, there is free corkage if you prefer to BYOB.

#B1-12, Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6732 6628
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Jade Restaurant


Not to be mistaken with the aforementioned Jade Palace, Jade Restaurant is located at The Fullerton Hotel and it is one of the better Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Think modern splendour with a touch of elegance, complemented by fine Chinese cuisine that will delight your Asian palate.

On weekends, Jade serves its Dim Sum Gourmet Brunch (S$38++/adult, S$19++/child) which features 55 dishes, including a comprehensive selection of dim sum, soup, appetisers, main courses and desserts.

Ground Floor, Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6877 8188
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place



The showpiece of the luxurious Four Seasons Singapore, Jiang-Nan Chun presents well-executed Cantonese fare – using traditional cooking techniques, with a slightly modern twist - in a refined setting.

On weekdays, the restaurant has two five-course set lunch menus (S$48/pax) which are perfect for a business luncheon. On weekends, indulge in Jiang-Nan Chun’s Oriental Weekend Brunch (S$68++/pax, S$176++ with free flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne) which features an impressive selection of dim sum and the restaurant’s signature dishes.

190 Orchard Boulevard
Four Seasons Hotel
Tel: +65 6831 7220
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun (Dim Sum Brunch): 11am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Lei Garden


This popular restaurant from Hong Kong has branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and China. There is a reason why it has a legion of loyal customers who dine at Lei Garden regularly. It is not the fanciest Chinese restaurant in town, nor does it have the most creative menu, but they do very well at the classic Cantonese dishes.

#01-24 Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 6339 3822
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Li Bai Dim Sum


Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant at Sheraton Towers is known for its exquisite Cantonese cuisine. It is a classic establishment turning out good quality, consistent meals.

39 Scotts Road
GF Sheraton Towers
Tel: +65 6839 5623
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Newton

Man Fu Yuan Intercon


With Executive Chef Kwan Yiu Kan helming the kitchen and General Manager Patrick managing the frontline, you will always have a great meal at Man Fu Yuan. The restaurant places a strong emphasis on tea, and besides having tea-infused specialities on the menu, it also has a unique tea-pairing service to recommend the right tea to go with the dishes.

80 Middle Road
2F InterContinental Hotel
Tel: +65 6825 1062
Daily: 11am – 2.15pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis


Majestic Restaurant is known for their Cantonese cuisine and it has been around since 2006. Owner-chef Yong Bing Ngen (who also runs Jing Restaurant and Majestic Seafood Restaurant) is no stranger in the local food scene. Previously from Doc Cheng’s and Hai Tien Lo, he led Majestic Restaurant to clinch the Asian Restaurant of the Year title during the WGS 2010.

31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road
New Majestic Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6511 4718
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Outram

Mitzo Restaurant Singapore


Situated in the heart of Orchard Road, Mitzo’s prime location makes it the perfect destination for business luncheons, family dinners, dates, or a late night’s out.

Do not let the Japanese sounding name mislead you. Mitzo name is actually an inspiration from the Cantonese word, ‘Honeyed Date’ (known as Matzo in Cantonese), a key ingredient used in making soup by the Cantonese. Mitzo patrons get to enjoy a scrumptious spread of top-notch Cantonese fare with a refreshing twist on the finest bone china plate ware.

We are so in love with its gorgeous interior. Very atypical of a Chinese restaurant, Mitzo is absolutely sexy, and has a inviting lounge-like vibe. The array of impressive Asian cocktail concoctions also adds a touch of sexiness to the restaurant.

Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road
Singapore 238857
Tel: +65 6603 8855
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 12am last order
Fri to Sun, Public Holiday and Eve of Public Holidays: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 1am last order
Nearest Station: Orchard/Somerset

Moi Lum


Moi Lum is one of those under-the-radar restaurants that you will never notice unless someone recommends it to you. It offers excellent timeless Chinese dishes, including the signature crispy fried chicken — a must-order when dining at the restaurant. There are various set menus, starting from S$35 which can feed two persons.

#01-01, Airview Building, 38 Maxwell Road
Tel: +65 6226 2283
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Min Jiang Peking Duck


It is difficult to recommend just one dish at Min Jiang as there are many signature dishes that you have to try. That said, Min Jiang is perhaps most well known for its Beijing Duck roasted in wood fire oven.

Head to Min Jiang @ One North, which is housed in a beautiful colonial building in Rochester Park. The other restaurant is located right beside the pool in Goodwood Park Hotel.

Rochester Park, 5 Rochester Park
Tel: +65 6774 0122
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Buona Vista/One-North

Paradise Pavilion


Paradise Pavilion at Marina Bay Financial Centre is not only one of the most gorgeous Chinese restaurants in town, it also serves Chinese food of unimpeachable quality. Besides having a wide range of traditional dim sum, Paradise Pavilion also has new innovative creations.

The highlight at Paradise Pavilion is surely the Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck ($88 for whole duck) which is prepared by chefs formerly from Quan Ju De, Beijing’s famous Peking Duck Restaurant.

8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: +65 6509 9308
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Marina Bay/Raffles Place

Peach Garden


The splendid view from level 33 of OCBC Centre makes Peach Garden an excellent choice to host your clients for a business luncheon. What makes Peach Garden a place you can return to again and again is that it serves consistently good Chinese food that is hard to not love.

Must-try dishes include wasabi salad cream prawn, golden salted yolk prawn, braised ee fu noodle with baby lobster, and our favourite custard buns.

65 Chulia Street
#33-01 OCBC Centre, Singapore
Tel: +65 6535 7833
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun & PH: 10.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

Roland Seafood


On paper, there is nothing special about Roland Seafood Restaurant. It is located in a car park in Marine Parade, not a place where you would associate with a good restaurant, There is no nice interior to speak of – the place is like a typical Chinese restaurant with no decor. However, Roland Seafood Restaurant remains highly popular not only because it is known as the creator of chilli crab, Singapore’s National dish, but also because the food is good and reasonably-priced.

#06-750, 89 Marina Parade Central
Tel: +65 6440 8205
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Paya Lebar/Dakota


Royal China is a well-established Chinese restaurant group in London, and its outpost in Singapore at Raffles Hotel is a stunning restaurant with tiffany-blue decor that serves excellent Chinese food.

Come here for dim sum during lunch. You cannot go wrong with any dish, but in particular, you have to try their Char Siew Sou, Custard Bun, and Har Gau. The restaurant’s speciality, Lobster Noodle is also a worthy mention.

1 Beach Road
#03-09 Raffles Hotel
Tel: +65 6338 3363
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Si Chuan Dou Hua


Si Chuan Dou Hua is one of the most well-known restaurants for serving Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine, with three branches at Parkroyal on Beach Road, UOB Plaza, and Parkroyal on Kitchener Road.

Our favourite branch is the one that is perched on the 60th storey of UOB Plaza which offers an amazing 360-degrees view of the city. It is the perfect place to host your clients for a business luncheon during the weekdays, and to bring your family and friends for gatherings over the weekends.

80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1
Tel: +65 6535 6006
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place


This Chinese restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Singapore seems to have the right formula – refined Cantonese cuisine served in a classy interior. If you are working in the area, it is a great place to go for dim sum during lunch. Beyond the dim sum menu is a comprehensive list of chef’s specialities on the ala carte menu, with many dishes listed under each category.

7 Raffles Avenue
Ritz-Carlton Singapore
Tel: +65 6337 8888
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall/Promemade

Swatow Restaurant


Most Teochew dishes take a lot of preparation time, and a place like Swatow Seafood Restaurant is hard to come by – where the food is not only the perfect comfort remedy, but nothing short of authentic and tasty.

There are two separate menus for you to choose from – the Seafood menu and the Teochew Porridge menu. You can order dishes from both menus simultaneously. Highlights include the steamed pomfret, oyster omelette, Teochew braised duck meat and sugar-coated yam cubes.

181 Toa Payoh Lorong 4
Singapore 310181
Tel: +65 6363 1717
Daily: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Toa Payoh

Szechuan Court


Szechuan Court specialises in Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. The location at level two of Fairmont Singapore makes it the perfect place to have a nice meal with family and friends, or to host a business luncheon in an elegant and upmarket setting.

80 Bras Basah Road
Level 3 Fairmont Singapore
Tel: +65 6431 6156
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Tung Lok Seafood


Seafood restaurants are aplenty in Singapore, but it is considerably harder to find one that serves consistently good seafood at affordable prices. Tung Lok Seafood specialises in the best of Singapore-style seafood prepared with the quality and standards synonymous with the Tung Lok brand.

Tung Lok Seafood is listed in our guide to Singapore’s Top 10 Best Seafood Restaurants.

181 Orchard Road
#11-05 Orchard Central
Tel: +65 6834 4888
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm

Wan Hao Signature Dishes


A stalwart in the local dining scene, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has been serving its loyal regulars since its opening in 1995. What makes Wan Hao a place where you can return to again and again is its familiarity and consistency; standards are always very high and you will never be disappointed by the food.

320 Orchard Road
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Tel: +65 6831 4605
Mon to Fri: 12pm to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sat, Sun and PH: 11.30am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant


Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel had a complete renovation last year, and the new Wah Lok is well-furnished and very classy, which makes it suitable for all occasions. It is one of the places where businessmen entertain their clients over lunch, and families go for dim sum on the weekends.

With a new rejuvenated menu and a sparking new interior, it is time to head back to Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant.

Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Tel: +65 6311 8188
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Xin Cuisine


While Xin Cuisine may not be as stylish as the other Chinese restaurants, we like coming here because it is relatively quiet and it is one of those places where you cannot go wrong. It is a pretty decent restaurant to have a good meal if you are not looking for something that is too fancy.

#04-00 Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road
Tel: +65 6731 7173
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Outram



The luxurious St Regis Singapore has no lack of good restaurants. Our favourite, however, is Yan Ting. The restaurant is classy and exudes an air of understated elegance. We have been going to Yan Ting for the past few years, and it has never failed us.

29 Tanglin Road
The St. Regis Singapore
Tel: +65 6506 6887
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

For more recommendations, read our guide to Singapore’s top 10 Chinese seafood restaurants

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

A steward in the local dining scene, Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel Singapore went through a major renovation last year and now sports a new modern interior with matte-finish stone wall and brass metal accents.

Wah Lok is one of the most popular spots in town for dim sum and its refined Cantonese cuisine. It features classic items such as Baked Mini Egg Tart, Steamed Glutinous Rice and Baked Custard Bun. My personal favourite is their Baked Barbecued Pork Buns – it is as good, if not better, than the ones that I have had in Hong Kong.

The talented dim sum chef Yiu Cheuk Yin at Wah Lok has also created several new items that you should look out for. Deep-fried Crabmeat & Scallop Balls with Chilli Sauce, Deep-fried Rolls with Seafood & Sea Cucumber, and Steamed Vegetarian Beancurd Skin Rolls are some of the new dim sum that will make you return to Wah Lok again and again.

Chilled Foie Gras and whole AbaloneChilled Foie Gras & Whole Abalone

Besides dim sum, what I really want to share with you is Wah Lok’s offering of signature dishes with an emphasis on premium, fresh, live seafood like Australian King Crab, Snow Crab, Alaskan Crab, Live Abalone, and Bird’s Nest with Crab Claw in Clear Superior Soup.

Be it a formal business luncheon with associates, or a family gathering for yum cha on the weekends, Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel is the to-go place. The dining space is modern and stylish, and the food is always prepared to a very high standard and consistently good. It is a place where you know you will always have an excellent meal.

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Tel: +65 6311 8188
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

This post is sponsored by Carlton Hotel Singapore. 

LÈ Restaurant & Bar Singapore

AdvertorialLÈ Restaurant & Asian Tapas Bar

Updated on 27 Apr 2014: LÈ Restaurant is no longer in operations.

Regulars will know that I am a huge fan of Paradise Group. It is really inspiring to see how a small Chinese seafood restaurant at Defu Lane has evolved and expanded to a restaurant empire within such a short span of time.

LÈ Restaurant & Bar at Suntec City is Paradise Group’s latest venture – and its biggest project till date, spanning over 10,000 square feet – consisting of a trendy bar, contemporary restaurant which faces the open kitchen, and eight classy private dining rooms. LÈ offers a complete dining experience where you can indulge in pre-dinner cocktails and tapas, before having a delectable dinner at the restaurant. After the meal, relax at the lounge over post-dinner digestifs till late.

LÈ Dirty Duck

If I were to sum up LÈ Restaurant & Bar in a paragraph, it would be this: polished and well-furnished interior decorations; attentive and genuine service from the eloquent and smartly-dressed staff; unconventional and ingeniously concocted cocktails at the swanky bar and lounge; tantalising modern and refined Chinese cuisine; stylish and sensuous music and lighting – LÈ takes pride in delivering even the tiniest details for an immaculate experience. It is very sexy and it makes you feel alive.

Here are some of the highlights of some of the signature dishes at LÈ Restaurant & Bar.


Best Zi Char Restaurants in the West of Singapore

Zi Char Singapore

Zi Char (also known as Zhi Char/Cze Char/Tze Char/Zhu Chao) is a term used to describe a wallet-friendly, home-style cuisine from a Chinese stall, which serves a variety of ala-carte dishes and leaves you spoiled for choice. Most zi char stalls are located in a non-restaurant setting like a coffee shop or a hawker centre. There are also some local seafood restaurants which have air-conditioned dining area.

Here are some of the best zi char restaurants located in the west of Singapore.


Chin Huat Live Seafood Restaurant

Chilli Crab

You know a marketing campaign is successful when people still remember the slogan after a long time. When you mention Chin Huat Live Seafood, chances are, people will think of the slogan “lobster bigger than little girl” used in their television advertisement years ago.

Chin Huat Live Seafood at Sunset Way, is of course, more than just lobsters. Besides the typical Sri Lanka crabs, they offer a huge variety of seafood and popular zichar dishes.


Irvin’s Seafood Cze Char River Valley

Chilli Crab

“Where can you find the cheapest crabs in Singapore?”

Irvin’s Seafood Cze Char at River Valley road is probably the place to go. Most of the crabs on the menu – like black pepper crab, chilli crab, butter crab – are available for just $19.9. There’s a catch of course. The crabs are much smaller, around 500g each.

Personally, I thought that it was a good tactic to attract customers. But taste-wise, the crabs that we had were nothing special. Irvin’s Seafood is only worth a try if you a) are on a budget b) want to try a variety of crabs.


Ban Tong Seafood Tze Char Restaurant Clementi

Ban Tong Seafood

Clementi has lots of good food. Besides the newly opened Clementi Mall, there is also the popular Clementi Food Centre and various coffee shops.

I recently had Tze Char at Ban Tong Seafood restaurant at Clementi ave 5, which is a few minutes walk from the train station. The food is generally good, and prices are what you’d expect from a typical tze char place.


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