Affordable Cantonese Lunch at Grand Mandarina Restaurant
By Alexius Chua
March 31, 2015
Grand Mandarina serves a wide variety of sumptuous dim sum
Situated conveniently across Outram Park MRT station, Grand Mandarina could be the next favourite spot to get your dim sum fix. At just a few months old, this modern Cantonese restaurant has made waves in the Chinese fine dining scene, garnering media attention and a rave review from Sunday Times’s food critic, Wong Ah Yoke.
Let’s check out the delicious dishes diners gush about at Grand Mandarina.
Exquisite settings perfect for dining with family or entertaining corporate guests
Once inside, you will be greeted by a blast of cool breezy air, a great comfort amidst the sweltering Singapore weather. The decor exudes simple elegance and an aura of calmness, with futuristic chandeliers hanging atop the high ceiling. The overall vibe is rather lounge-y and laid-back, eliminating the uptight feel of most Chinese fine dining restaurants. At the far end of the room sits a serene blue aquarium, home to the majestic Empurau fish, also known as the King of the River.
Occupying two floors of the historical Thye Shan Mansion, Grand Mandarina is equipped with audio-video technology, which is ideal for private and corporate events hosting.
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling Served with Wasabi sauce
Don’t be misled by the grand opulence of the premise and assume it is beyond your budget. The lunch-only dim sum selection is everything you would’ve hoped for and more - delicious, good sized portions and gladly affordable. The Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling Served with Wasabi sauce ($5.50) is a must try. You could taste the freshness of the prawns and when paired with the creamy Wasabi sauce, brings the flavour of this simple dish up a notch. The Steamed Homemade Rice Roll filled with Prawn ($7.50) is smooth in texture and envelops the prawn succinctly. Don’t miss the all-kids favourite – the viscously sweet Steamed Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk ‘Liu Sha Bao’ ($4.80)!
Signature Char Siew
Fusing traditional Cantonese methods of preparations with a contemporary twist, you’ll find elements of surprise hidden in most dishes. One prime example is the Baked Silver Cod with Spicy Lemongrass Infuse ($22). Presented in chic Western style and garnished with plum tomato, this dish uses Asian ingredients (Bonito sauce, lemongrass infuse method) and the fish baked moist and flavourful. Baked cod fish is a source of Vitamin B12, which aids cardiovascular support and metabolism!
So what does Mr Wong and the netizens, rave most about? The Signature Char Siew ($15) of course! Sink your teeth into the honey glazed barbequed pork belly and be prepared to be amazed. Within the crunchy barbeque texture holds an adequate amount of fat, giving that satisfying bite. Simply delish!
For those who drive - there's a car park just beside the restaurant
Overall, Grand Mandarina provides a perfect setting for a family dinner or lunch with colleagues. The dim sum is savoury and reasonably-priced. If you’ve got a big budget and guests to impress, do check out the Empurau (unforgettable in Mandarin) fish. Priced at $888/kg, it is currently the most expensive fish in the market and very few restaurants in Singapore carry this famous fish.
325 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088760
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm.
Tel: 6222 3355
Email Grand Mandarina at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservation enquiry
What’s more, enjoy $0.88 dim sum at the Grand Mandarina Restaurant! Check out SAFRA’s promotion details for Grand Mandarina for more information.
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Photos courtesy of Grand Mandarina