had a fun dinner get together among RI friends at peach garden @ metropolis on 26.5.2015. ^^
come to think of it, this was the 3rd time we had G20 dinners at peach garden in as many years. the most recent was at peach garden @ miramar on 30.6.2014, almost 1 year ago.
many of us had not been to metropolis. 1 who had been associated it with MOE as he is a professor at NUS. for another in a brokerage firm, it was CDP that came to mind.
i parked at the openair carpark before metropolis building, very well located next to the bus stop & MRT. there was a lift that took me to level 2 right by peach garden. 🙂
place was new so looked somewhat better than previously at novena & also at miramar. the ala carte buffet menu with 1 free for 3 paying is for steamboat, so we decided to take the ala carte menu instead.
we ordered the roast pork烧肉, a recommended dish. it was good, same standard as the usual places like crystal jade, imperial trasure, tunglok & canton paradise.
we were deciding between peking duck & roast duck. they were same price , i think S$56 for 1 duck. more went for roast duck, which was also my preference.
soon hock was S$9/100g. we had 12pax (+ one who came a bit later on), so we ordered a 1kg fish.
i always preferred steam for a very fresh live fish to deep-fried, which is like second best. soon hock was excellently done, very tender, smooth, tasty.
i was quite wary i.e. distrustful (& weary) of peach garden’s wasabi prawns. it once came with a ton of green wasabi mayo. but looking back at the 2013 photos actually it was not bad. anyhow we ordered the salted egg prawn, which was very good too, though not quite my favourite. 🙂
a friend ordered the claypot tofu with naibai 奶白. a simple dish but really quite well executed!^^
& we had the chinese cabbage (jinbai 津白i think) with enoki mushrooms. again a very simple dish & very tastefully (both sight & taste) done indeed! 🙂
egg white dried scallops fried rice is quite a standard dish in many good chinese restaurants. i used to love it a lot at imperial treasure nanbei, especially with the xo chilli sauce.
somehow this one didn’t wow, quite average to me, not much wok hae. i think i can do better than that myself. my favourite now is the spicy seafood fried rice at crystal jade la mian xiaolongbao.^^
a friend managed to reach when we were down to the second last dish, so he ordered a fried kuay teow. looked ok i guess, like the usual fare.
the sesame red bean pancake was another standard dish. it was done pretty nicely – look & certainly taste also.
the last item was the custard bun. pretty good but i kind of tired of them (like i was tired of the crispy charsiew bao at timhowan).
a very enjoyable dinner & evening with friends.
the price came to S$414 nett for 13pax after a 15% credit card discount=S$32nett. of course we did not order much food too. we did not order expensive ingredients so these were average dishes but very well executed. price was ok, about there i guess.
our dinner group decided to have get-together at peach garden miramar on 30.6.2014. food was ala carte buffet at S$30.80++ and 3 paying 1 free, quite good deal really. 🙂
the food was generally good, better than our last group dinner at ban heng orchard central on 25.4.2014. the service was very good too, friendly & jovial, and we all decided to give a substantial tip afterwards. 🙂 it was also 1/2 the price & better quality than the one i had recently at restaurant home on 25.6.2014.
#1 char siew (a charcoaled grilled pork neck) was good as usual.
#2 roast pork was good this evening, crispy & tasty, with the mustard dip.
#3 pork floss egg plant was good here. the egg plant batter was very light & the texture & taste combination was excellent.
#4 drunken chicken looked processed in appearance. taste was ok with wine infused flavour.
#5 yuzu prawns was very good, crispy, prawns were fresh & the slight citric yuzu flavour was great.
#6 likewise the wasabi mayo prawns.
#7 fish fritters was average. fish was so so, the crispy batter was quite well done.
there was a limit of 1 order of soup per person.
#8 the sharks bone soup was ok. i had it the last time. i thought the lie tongs (例汤), soup of the day, at tunglok & imperial treasure were better.
#9 i tried the crab meat/roe sharkskin this time, it was quite ok.
#10 the deep-fried soon hock was good, better than when i had it last time. meat was fresh, moist & tasty. we had 2 orders.
#11 kurobuta pork was ok.
#12 the sautéed beef was overly sweet & artificially tender, edible but not much in demand by the diners.
#13 the braised beef briskets & tendon was quite good. we had 2 orders.
#14 pan-fried venison. this not really a favourite for me, no different from any coffershop zichar stalls.
#15 pating fish was a favourite for me. this time it was quite well done, very fresh & tasty. i suggested to the manager that for a live fish, it would be better presentation to serve a fish head portion or 1/2 a fish rather than in cut pieces. he said the fish might be too big so they had it served in cut portions. hmm..actually most pating served here in singapore were 1kg or 700g fish.
we had 3 different vege. they were all good.
$16 cauliflower & brocoli was simple & tasty & great colour combination.
#17 string beans were good too, though the thinnest of sliced scallops didn’t contribute anything to the dish.
#18 spinach with 3 eggs was quite standard, mediocre actually & a very large portion.
most of us ordered 2 or 3 dessert each.
#19 i did not try the 杨支甘露. it should be quite standard.
#20 the bubur hitam with ice cream was a crowd favourite.
#21 the ice jelly was kind of plain.
another joyous dinner with good food, company, fellowship & memories. 🙂
bought a S$20pax weekend asian lunch buffet voucher @ street 50 at bay hotel from groupon, so went there for lunch on 7.6.2014.
place is new. there is outdoor setting but it was hot & most part in the sun at lunch & very high ceiling (like 12m) so not useable when heavy downpour. it was fully booked so i could only get outdoors but i was there among the first few just before the crowd so managed to get seated inside anyway.
service was very good in terms of attitude & politeness, and i also got free parking coupon at the end. the food did not look exciting but did not look bad either. coffee was not included but iced water was quite fine. 🙂
there was nothing to talk about in my first plateful. scallops & mussels were poor & tasteless (but they usually are even at say carousel for >S$60pax) w/o the thai? green dip sauce, which was also average. best was the otah (i had a second one later). the small octopus was quite good, and the long bean minced pork salad was ok. steam prawn was competent.
of the cooked food, curry chicken was quite good. curry was tasty, chicken ok but not really tender enough. mutton rendang was ok. fried prawn was tastier than the cold dish but just a competent prawn dish. mushrooms & spinach was pretty good. achar too.
the beef ball beehoon soup was competent. soup was very tasty but too oily.
the crispy yam was pretty good. sweet & sour fish was also good. 🙂
and i liked the chendol & the lapis sagu (九层糕). pulut hitam ok but mochi was poor – skin was thick & the inside was hard.
overall, i don’t really have much to comment about this place. food was competent. at S$20pax nett using groupon it was really very ok, though i am unlikely to return myself. at S$25++pax, hard to say, i mean, there are many alternatives like dinner@peach garden miramar for S$30nett pax.
went with sis, b-i-l & a friend to peach garden miramar on 8.5.2014. they were having a 3paying 1 free promotion for 4pax at S$30.80 weekdays. 🙂
#1 the drunken chicken was 1/2 frozen & did not look great (my one looked better..haha) but the taste was good! much better than mine. 🙂
#2 we all liked the pork floss & also the light battered egg plant, very nice dish! 🙂
#3 deep-fried soon hock was ok, above average, perhaps a little better than the recent one at ban heng on 25.4.2014, but not the best.
#4 the pork ribs were flavourful. meat not the most tender, just slightly chewy, taste was good.
#5 crab sauce & tofu were good. look-wise seems something missing in this dish..maybe some garnish or greens.
#6 pating my favourite fish. this method of preparation not the best. the minced ginger or HK steamed style much better.
#7 it seemed really odd that a roast pork dish in such a restaurant could be bad, but it was, much below par!
#8 we were already very full when i spotted the char siew later & had to order it. this was very good! almost imperial treasure standard. 🙂
#9 each diner was only allowed 1 order of soup. i had the lobster claw sharksfin soup. it was very average soup (not even as good as any lie tong aka soup of the day from tonglok restaurants or imperial treasure), and the sea cucumber sharksfin seemed no better.
#10 venison was very average, like any zi char stall.
#11 kurobuta itself was tender & tasty. this chinese way of preparation though not my favourite.
#12 fried rice was good, fragrant! 🙂
#13 these were very nice, much better than wasabi mayo prawns preparation. 🙂 may try these at home.
#14 this was like a joke. the scallops turned out to be like 1 medium scallop (or maybe 1/2) sliced into 10 pieces. you need real skills to slice it so thinly. a case of disappearing scallop dish. 😦
#15 surprisingly, the indonesian prawn dish was very good. prawn was good & fresh & the curry sauce was very good.
#16 this was ok, pretty standard.
#17 brocoli & cauliflower was very well done, very tasty! 🙂
overall food was quite good for an ala carte buffet, a lot better certainly c/w ban heng.
the service was good, efficient & friendly throughout except when paying the bill. we were charged a really hefty S$1.50pax for ice water & S$1pax for towels, so there was an extra S$10++ tab on the bill. it was a bit high but ok except that we asked specifically at the beginning when deciding whether to order tea & was told by the server that water was FREE, and tea was S$2.50pax. i told the girl closing the bill. she said water was as charged (next time i need to record the conversation. haha!). anyway, the total bill after 1pax free came to $120nett=S$30nett per pax so i was quite ok to just pay it.
i would come back again but buffets were very heavy & not ideal for me to do too often. 🙂