Chinese restaurants nowadays no longer look like Chinese restaurants. Lei Gardens at Chijmes, which threw in S$6 million to renovate its flagship restaurant about 1 year go, looks more like a Victorian era mansion in England rather than a Cantonese restaurant. But this is also what attracts diners to come to one of the top tier Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
The whole Lei Gardens looks very classy, almost like a French restaurant. Some would also say that this looks like something out from Grand Shanghai.
As usual, I have a glass of ice water to start off my dinner.
We listened to the service staff and ordered the Roast Suckling Pig (S$38.00 for 1 serving). It was delicious. At first look, the portion seems small, but for 2 people, it's just right as one tends to get sick of eating the skin after some pieces. The outer skin is crusty and you can hear the crunchy sounds through your ears. There is still some creamy lard fats hanging on the skin, which is really essential to a good roast suckling pig.
This is not a common soup - Double boiled Cordyceps and Duck soup (S$68.00 for a pot). Usually you will only find Dang Gui or other common herbs in a duck soup. But having cordyceps in the soup together with the duck is not common here. The soup is not too herby, and has a clear taste to it. The duck meat is slightly dried out from all the double boiling, but it is still acceptable to our standards.
This was their last serving of Lotus Leaf Rice (S$28.00 for small serving), and we managed to catch it. The rice has already absorbed the delicious black sauce, pork, mushrooms, seafood and the fragrance from the lotus leaves. It was not too oily.
Another view of the restaurants with comfortable plush seats.
Beef lovers should not miss the Pan-Fried Rib Eye Beef (S$32.00). Although the beef is the thin at first look, but each bite packs quite a punch with the yummy juice from the beef meat being released with every bite. This will go well with fragrant plain white rice.
The most expensive dishes for the night would be the Giant "Imperial" Prawns Cooked with 2 Styles (S$96 for 2). The first prawn was deep fried and sprinkled with some crispy garlic, onion and crunchy spring onions.
The second prawn was cooked in a spicy sauce, and it tastes like a fusion of our chilli crab sauce with the lemongrass taste of Tom Yum soup.
The flesh is very fresh and sweet.
Lei Garden is a trust worthy place for good Cantonese food in a Victorian classic setting, and definitely a place to dine in if you want to impress your in-laws or your business partners.
Lei Garden Restaurant
30 Victoria Street