went with my OPs friend to royal london duck @ manadarin gallery for 4pax dinner this evening on 10.1.2017. ^^
the 4 of us were meeting to discuss our upcoming trip to hong kong.
we already booked our airtickets & looking to confirm the hotel & the location to book. 🙂
for the dinner, i ordered the roast london duck, must order item.
didn’t disappoint, good as before, though my friend thought duck has shrunk, not as ig serving as the previous time.
haha! it is the “duck of the draw” la…^^
but having tried it second time, clearly it was NOT as good as Tunglok signatures at orchade parade hotel.
the crispy charcoal pepper duck buns we did not tried before.
it’s like crispy char siew pao is a new take on char siew pao, and this one added charcoal & pepper duck to the inventiveness.
& this was very good! banyak bagus la! 🙂
pepper duck filling very tasty & crispy bun was great as texture enhancement to the dish.
my friends thought the char siew NOT so great this time.
not flavourful, some parts no charring, overall just didn’t taste that great.
& the pricing is totally out of whack! most places would serve char siew like S$9-S$12.
so we refused to order the siew yoke – roast pork because of the price.
& at this price, i won’t order this again if i come back.
the xo carrot cake was competent, not my favourite but ok. 🙂
the kek tai (innards) porridge 状元及第粥 ok. price ok too.
the porridge not as smooth & tasty as i expected, since the last time the plain porridge was very tasty.
also like quite small bowl although ingredients were quite ok, maybe that’s what counted.
took the hk poached kailan.
already knew that poached treatment don’t have wok hae like the simple garlic fried, but it can be very nice, crunchy, tasty.
this time it was quite mediocre, which i guess means poor. my helper can do this dish a lot better la…
dinner 4pax was S$95. other than the char siew price & the mediocre kailan, nothing much to compain actually.
a friend bought D13 durians from sin kian choon @ tiong bahru at S$12/kg.
so after dinner we went to bukit merah view food centre & eat durians.
it was quite good, but not anywhere near the best D13 i had previously, mostly bought by this friend from sin kian choon, and couple times from ah seng.
had a great time with close friends this evening.