Dim sum @ Royal Pavilion

November 17, 2014 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

A good dim sum experience always call for another. And this time, my family was headed off to Royal Pavilion.

We came by car and one will need to enter New Market Road from Havelock Road in order to enter the hotel’s car park. However, do be careful not to miss the turn as New Market Road is one way. The entrance leading to the car park is just beside the hotel and one will need to drive past the office tower after turning in from New Market Road before reaching the hotel. My brother, who was behind the wheels, got a little disorientated due to the lack of signs leading to the car park.

Prior to our meal, I had made reservation for a Saturday afternoon (11.45am) at least 2 weeks in advance. And I will say reservation is somewhat required as the restaurant filled up quickly when the crowd started to stream in at 1pm. Better to be kiasu sometimes.

And from the dim sum menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) “Siew mai” skewer, $5 (above) – We opted for this version over the traditional steamed ones as this was on their list of recommended dishes. While it was interesting that these were grille dafter steamed to achieve a caramelised exterior, I was not very impressed with the fillings. It tasted as though the fillings were not as compact as it should be for a nice texture to bite into.

2) Steamed chicken claw with black bean sauce, $4.60 (above)

3) Carrot cake with “lao gan tie” chili sauce, $8.80 (above) – The bean sprouts, which are not normally included in the dish, added a nice crunchy texture to the overall taste.

4) Steamed foie gras and meat “xiao long bao”, $6 (above) – This was not too bad, although one probably would not have guessed there’s foie gras within if one was to just consume it without prior knowledge.

5) Crispy shredded radish pastry roll, $4.80 (above)

6) Rice rolls with scallop filling, $6 (above) – Divide the rice rolls into halves for sharing to ensure everyone gets a bite of the thick chunk of scallops positioned in the centre. Cut into quarters and those consuming the ends won’t get to eat the scallop. This was normal as I felt the rice roll was a little thick.

7) Baked Swiss BBQ snow bun, $5.50 (3 buns) (above) – A must try. This was really good. We ordered 2 portions since we had 5 people. The filling of sweet and succulent barbecued pork went well with the bun which had a nice crisp exterior.

8) Steamed custard bun, $5 (above) – Another must try. The runny egg custard filling made of salted egg yolks literally exploded out when we bit into these small buns. So be careful not to accidentally stain one’s clothing instead.

9) Congee with sliced fish, $8 – A big bowl of porridge with chunky slices of fresh fish and thin strips of ginger. Portion was good for 2 to share.

10) Royal smoked duck, $35 (above) – From the ‘Caantonese BBQ’ section from the a-la carte menu, this was pretty good. Skin was paper crispy while meat was flavourful and tender. The duck was good enough to be consumed without the plum sauce. A whole duck costs $68.

11) Wok-fried mashed fish noodle with lobster in “lao gan die” sauce, $28 (per person) (above) – From the ‘rice & noodle’ section of a-la carte menu, this was okie. Noodle was thick and chewy which I did not personally like. But lobster was definitely fresh. We managed to share 1 portion among 4. Ha. We we really full so we were okie with just having a little of this dish.

12) Claypot rice with waxed meat and Chinese sausge, $38 (regular) (above) – From the ‘rice & noodle’ section, I was actually expecting it to be presented in a claypot. But this was okie. Rice was more on the dry and hard side.

13) Royal dessert trio, $12 (per person) (above) – I really like the pastry with red bean filling within. Really good.

14) Steamed mashed taro with pumpkin puree served in young coconut, $8.50 (above) – I love this dessert and I enjoyed their rendition with additional pumpkin puree and coconut meat (which I scarped off with my spoon).

Royal Pavilion is pretty affordable. We spent $220 for 5 people where we got to enjoy our food in a posh setting. They are also very accessible as it’s just a mere 5-8 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT station.

Service was great too. We were particularly impressed with one of the staff who could think quickly on her feet and joked along with us. My brother cheekily commented that the portion for the ‘Royal Dessert Trio’ was too small for us to share (although it’s to note I ordered only 1 portion cause we were really too full), and the lady replied “Small (portion) so that you can want more and come back to visit us more often” in chinese. Haha.

23 Merchant Road, Park Regis, Level 1, Singapore
6818 8851, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 8