As one of the largest and wealthiest Chinese communities outside China, Singapore is not short of top notch Chinese restaurants and, as a matter of fact, it is one of the best places on earth to enjoy a truly sensational Chinese meal.
Finding the best Chinese restaurant in Singapore, however, is not that easy… Especially not for a first time visitor, who is not familiar with the city, and that is exactly why I wrote this article: To introduce to you five of the very best Chinese restaurants in Singapore.
Cherry Garden, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is best known for its amazing Weekend Champagne Dim Sum Brunch, although this fabulous restaurant also serves some of the best Cantonese cuisine in Singapore throughout the week, in elegant and soothing surroundings. Signature dishes include Roasted Kurobuta Pork (The “Wagyu of pork”… with relatively low and evenly spread fat), as well as Double-boiled shark’s cartilage soup, Oven-baked fillet of sea perch marinated in rose dew wine, Roast Duck and, of course… A selection of to-die-for Dim Sums.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace, one of the most-awarded Chinese restaurants in Singapore, is the high-end outlet of Ctystal Jade restaurant group. Housed within the Paragon Shopping Mall, right in the heart of Orchard Road, this splendid restaurant specializes in Cantonese & Teochew cuisine, with a contemporary twist, and the menu features some unique culinary creations like Double-boiled Sea Whelk & Chicken with Starfruit & Pomelo and Deep-fried Chicken with Black Truffle…
Crystal Jade Golden Palace is also one of the only Chinese restaurants in Singapore that has their own wine-cellar, with thousands of labels from all over the world.
Hai Tien Lo is one of these restaurants where location plays as important role as the food itself. Perched on the 37th floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel, it offers magnificent panoramic views of the city centre, Marina Bay and the Singapore River… Food wise, it is Cantonese cuisine at its best, with a slight modern-western touch… Signature dishes include Pan-fried Foie Gras with Scallops & crispy Suckling Pig Skin and Baked Cod Fillet with Fermented Beancurd & Asparagus, but you can also opt for their fantastic Dim Sum set-lunch options.
Royal China at Raffles is the Singaporean offshoot of a top international Chinese restaurant group based in London. Nestled within Singapore’s classiest hotel, it specializes in what can be described as contemporary Chinese gourmet, with strong emphasis on Cantonese cuisine, but good representation of China’s other regions… Their favorites include Lobster noodles, Crispy duck in pancake, Roast suckling pig and traditional dim sum items.
Wah Lok is one of the only Chinese restaurants in Singapore to specialize in Hong Kong influenced Cantonese cuisine. Housed within the Carlton, it serves some of the most delectable Dim Sum dishes you can find in the city-state, alongside a wide variety of mouthwatering dishes such as Shark’s Fin with Crabmeat wrapped in Egg White, Spring roll with deep fried lotus root, Stir fried squid with onion and capsicum and Sea perch with crispy garlic and Roast duck.