Thursday, November 18, 2010

Restaurant Ten @ Purvis Street

A few months ago, the local dailies reported that a "healthy" Chinese restaurant - Restaurant Ten, has opened along Purvis Street. Formerly known as Metropole Herbal Restaurant in Clark Quay, it moved to its current location a few months back.

Photobucket

As we have not been to the former Metropole, we decided to give this Restaurant Ten a go. Restaurant Ten occupies the premise of the former Limon Restaurant which Sparkling or Still reviewed more than 1 year ago: http://sparklingorstill.blogspot.com/2009/04/limon-purvis-street.html

Photobucket

The manager ushered us to the 2nd floor as the ground floor was fairly packed. After browsing through the menu, we decided to order 2 sets of the Cod Fish Mini Abalone Menu (S$48++).

Photobucket

Complimentary appetizers: Sweet marinated lotus roots with special Hawthorn juice shots. Four Seasons Tea (a unique tea not commonly found in other places) - S$3.80 in the background.

The lotus roots were really addicitive.

Photobucket

We also ordered a glass of Rosella with Hawthorn Juice (Cold) - S$3.50.


Photobucket

The first dish, the Chilled Abalone braised with Tang Gui, surprised me because the abalone was really tiny. It was laid out on a bowl of crushed ice. The abalone was pretty flavourful with hints of tang gui herbal marinade.

Photobucket

Egg White with Dried Scallop in Potato Nest, which is their in-house signature dish. To be frank, while this was a nice dish, I have tasted similar well executed versions in other restaurants too. THe egg white was creamy yet fluffy, and the shredded dried scallops added extra flavours to the otherwise bland dish.

Photobucket

The manager encouraged us to add some Apple Cider Vinegar to the egg white. But I prefer mine with the original taste.

Photobucket

Soup was next: Double-boiled Hasmas with Chicken Soup. Restaurant Ten was generous with the Hasmas. The soup must have been double boiled for a long time because the chicken taste was evident in the soup. And it's not oily too.

Photobucket

On the other hand, the Braised cod fish with fermented rice wine, and fresh lily bulbs, did require some getting used to. It's a strange combination to combine the light tasting cod fish with the strong fermented rice wine sauce. Would have preferred them serving the fish plain, with the sauce at the side.

Buns were used to mop up the sauce from the fish.

Photobucket

Crispy Tofu with mushroom and angle luffa. There were vegetable and meat fillings inside the tofu.

Photobucket

Crack open the tofu, and pour the orange savoury sauce over it. It's like a Chinese version of Tauhu Goreng?

Photobucket

Ended our lunch with the Two Combination Dessert Coconut and soya milk jelly with Egg white Moose (foreground) and Pear juice (background). I didn't like the coconut jelly, but the pear juice was a nice touch to our set lunch.

Photobucket

Some hits and misses here and there.


Restaurant Ten
7 Purvis Street
#01-01

2 comments:

  1. Metropole Herbal Restaurant moved from the now defunct Metropole Hotel at where Naumi hotel is now along Seah Street to Clarke Quay. It was then called Imperial Herbal Restaurant. Food at Restaurant Ten is still as excellent as I remember it to be when it was Imperial Herbal. Much less medicinal but light, wholesome & very clean-tasting.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Perhaps I am spoilt by the rich taste of "unhealthy" Cantonese food, and that is why I find the food some how too bland for my taste buds. haha..

    ReplyDelete