from my Facebook dated 28.10.2016 –
today my RI buddies bought me a belated birthday lunch & did many wonderful things for me.
this kai garden 嘉苑 truely the best fine dining Chinese restaurant i have been to…chef & staff from taste paradise…
food & service both super.
green tea cake from flor patisserie also super👍👍👍
my RI friends arranged this lunch on 28.10.2016. ^^
the friend who organised picked the menu items.
there were 4 items to start off the lunch.
the sweet vine tomatoes was marinated with sweet plum, unique & appetizing. 🙂
i like the tasty crunchiness of the cloud fungus 爽口.
& the garlic & slight sourness of vinegar. 🙂
this roast pork 烧肉 also very good.
for me tunglok signature’s looked better & tasted better la. 🙂
the xo carrot cake was good.
flavourful, not too strong xo sauce.
the 4 appetizers were followed by 2 dimsum.
the fried siu mai was a special here.
it was nice, tasty, i guess uncommon, not sure it was better than normal steamed siu mai.
anyway siu mai not my favourite dimsum, but i know it is for 1 of my friend here. we had to order it in hong kong for him…lol! ^^
the charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包 was quite excellent, tasty quite juicy there’s actually some soup inside. 🙂
seemed that a friend asked the restaurant if they have squid-ink dish (he said i like to make squid ink dish), the restaurant said no but they have charcoal 生煎包. lol! ^^
shengjianbao 生煎包 not my favourite. like a ba pao 肉包made as 锅贴. many places no much juice. this one here a bit of soup, but overall experience still cannot compare with a good xiaolongbao 小笼包.
the pig intestine soup 猪肚汤 was really superb!
so very tasty, intense yet smooth. the best!
i think there was 金华火腿 to give it the smooth & deep flavours. there was also intestines & sea whelk.
the peking duck 五彩北京鸭 is a signature dish here. see also top photo.
it was certainly visually commanding. impressive la! 🙂
there were 5 colours skin & 5 sauces. all the skin were excellent!
we could only take 2 pieces each.
i tasted all 5 sauces. for me the original sauce & the sesame sauce were the best.
overall, a very pleasing dining experience. though i generally prefer roast duck to peking duck for purpose of eating duck.
the tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth is another signature dish here. 🙂
very impressive on bed of chipped ice like sashimi.
the server doing the shabu涮, poaching the garoup fillet in the lobster broth.
another superb dining experience. ^^
very tender, tasty garoupa fillet & wonderful lobster broth.
so good! 🙂
i will try to think up a similar fish fillet dish at home.
they did salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件 for the remaining pieces.
salt & pepper 椒盐 not my favourite preparation as many places have too much batter.
this one here was very well done la. 🙂
the fried duck meat 炒鸭件 not so popular.
we were all quite full by then.
it was not badly done, but i prefer just to eat the duck, just as i like to eat roast duck.
the mushroom chestnut roll in pumpkin sauce was a fine piece of cuisine.
looked nice, tasted great, but not particularly a dish i need to eat la, especially i saw it cost S$22 on the menu.
the noodles on a bed of chawanmushi like steamed egg white was quite excellent.
the grilled scallop was very well done, and the poached kailan crunchy & sweet.
a nice dish to round off a fabulous meal.
i tried creating this dish at home, but not too successful. will give it another go!
my friend went to get a macha jelly cake from flor patissierie.
lovely cake! really nice.
the restaurant provided the longevity buns. quite odd that the only complimentary item they provide & it was quite bad. the lotus paste was dry not moist & tasty. the complimentary buns at hung kang & swatow all better than this. maybe they bought this item from some supplier???
this was a really enjoyable lunch for me.
my friends did me several great very pleasant surprises la! very memorable this lunch, so must commit to record on my blog & FB! ^^
among the best fine dining dishes i had so far. for me, majestic, tunglok & xin cuisine all very good chinese fine dining. for elaborateness & presentation, kai garden maybe more fine on some/most dishes.
the other notable thing was the service was superb throughout from every server. & almost the entire staff came in to sing the happy birthday song. we stayed quite long & late & they served us very well.
i think my friends gave them a good tip.
Kai Garden 嘉苑