we go to tunglok often but have never tried tunglok xihe. this evening we decided to try the food at tunglok xihe @ grandstand on 30.8.2015. 🙂
there was a 6-course S$68 menu which seemed ok at 50% palate discounts, so we ordered that.
there are ample parking at grandstand & the ambience of the restaurant was pretty good.
there were quite a few expat family tables. guess grandstand is quite a go to place for expat.
the tan jia braised sharksfin fishmaw soup turned out to be the best dish for the evening.
it was chokeful of ingredients & wife liked it a lot.
very good standard, like tunglok signature. i think majestic’s is better though.
the steamed fish was very poor. not sure what fish? menu said 野生鱼wild snakehead? the bill said sea fish.
it had soil taste so maybe it was snakehead. it could be garoupa. not sure
anyway it was very poor. our steamed fish (red garoupa from chinatown market) at home would beat this every time & by a long margin.
prawns were pretty good. both preparation were crispy outside & tender, bouncy inside. 🙂
it had wok hae, colour & good taste.
can’t say the lion’s head meatball with rice dish was bad. but it was no comparison to (say) the cheap 凤爪排骨饭 steamed chicken feet & pork ribs rice at timhowan in hong kong.
there was no kick in this preparation – rice not fragrant, meatball just meatball & sauce non descript. at least it was not a bad dish, just non descript.
hashima dessert was pretty good though.
quite refreshing & i guess good ingredients.
the bill was higher than i expected. i think S$87 for 2pax. the reason was that the 10% service was charged on the full amount & not after the 50% discount. i queried the staff as this was not the practice of other tunglok outlets. the staff explained that since June2015 they had changed to the current system. i guess it was not as good as having the previous deal. it’s just a matter of what one considered the “real” price but anyway i am ok for the staff to have the 10% service at the “normal” un-discounted price.
i may still come back during weekdays to try the ala carte items & dimsum. for this set i think it was really mediocre & don’t think i will take it again.