With all the brand new restaurants opening every week, it's easy to forget the consistent good ones in town. Li Bai is one where the food are pretty consistent and it is tucked away at Sheraton Hotel in the quiet Newton area but still very near the CBD.
We are spoilt by the decos of other beautiful restaurants, and find the deco here tired looking, and a bit outdated too. Not sure if they are planning a revamp of their entire restaurant soon.
The centre piece is a large piece of jade-like plaque on each table. The Chinese loves Jade as it symbolises fortune and there is also another saying that wearing jade helps to absorbs the negative "substance" in the body.
As per most Chinese restaurant, iced and warm water are on the house.
The waitress place a plate of crispy taro chips on our table. The chips were house-made and was not oily like those pre-packaged ones. It was sliced very thinly, in fact so thin I cut my tongue while eating them.
Starter was Prawn Salad with Crunchy Water Chestnut (S$8 per serving). The water chestnut looks like scallops. The texture of the crunchy juicy water chestnut went well with the prawns. But it was very small and I finished it in 2 bites.
I like their Hot & Sour Soup (S$10) but not so much on their Chicken Soup (S$10). Perhaps the weather is cold these days, so spicy soups tend to suit my tastebuds more.
Really really enjoyed their Beef fillet steak (S$12 per piece per person) . It was juicy yet tender, but not overly tender. Li Bai's beef fillet has a unique seasoning which differs from other Chinese restaurant. Could eat 10 pieces of this in 1 seating.
Another favourite from our table - Stir Fried Crystal Hor Fun with Crab Roe (S$18 for small) . The Hor Fun is not your usual type, as it is made crystal clear much like the skin of Soon Kuey. The chef was generous with the crab roe, and we had huge chunks of crab roe with every spoonful of the hor fun.
As this is a weekly special, I am not sure if it is still available this week.
A surprise hit - Crispy red bean pancake (S$12 for small) . Although this is quite an oily dish, but I suspect they used pork lard to dry this pancake, which results in the oil being very very fragrant (and sinful). The red bean paste was smooth and not too sweet. A must order.
Heard they also serve good dim sum too, and this gives me another excuse to come revisit Li Bai again in the near future.
39 Scotts Road