Food Review: TungLok XiHe Peking Duck
The Place I love Peking Duck and it excites me whenever a new restaurant which serves Peking Duck is opened in town. Regrettably, I only managed to check out TungLok XiHe Peking Duck recently but it is better late than never!
Located the at newly revamped Grandstand (aka Tufy City), I was full of expectations for TungLok XiHe Peking Duck as it is a highly anticipated collaboration between the Tunglok Group and XiHe Group, one of Beijing’s most renowned restaurant group famous for its Peking Duck.
The restaurant is a mix of oriental and western casual dining concept, which feels quite different from most other Peking Duck restaurants treading along the lines of Chinese fine dining concept.
The Food Before we even get to the Peking Duck, we could not resist ordering a few other dishes from the restaurant’s sleek iPad menu. The wok-friend vermicelli ($18) is our carbo of the day as we decided to do without rice. I am glad that the vermicelli is not too greasy, which helps given that we have reserved most of our calories for the Peking Duck.
For a less conventional choice for soup, we had the sliced beef in chilli ($22). The beef portions is generous and extremely tender as well. It is a pity that the soup is too oily which makes it difficult to stomach after a while. I guess I should be more prepared the next time round if I were to order a Szechuan style beef soup again.
Our last side dish is the deep fried fish skin with salted egg yolk ($10). The texture feels like fish crackers, which can be a little too dry after a few servings. This is however an ideal side dish to share between 3-4 people. I like the tinge of the salted egg yolk taste.
Finally our long anticipated Peking Duck arrives.
At $88, the price is comparable to the previous ones I had in Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant, Wan Hao and Paradise Pavilion.
It seems like the open kitchen concept of roasting the Peking Duck is the in-thing now, as I was watching the chef roasting the duck for a while.
In terms of presentation, the whole duck is served at our table, where the chef then performed the spectacular scene of slicing the duck.
It seems effortless whenever I watch the chef perform the slicing of the duck.
The layout and segregation of the different parts of the duck skin is perfect. Even the last piece of the duck meat is served, unlike some restaurants where the whole duck will miraculously disappear after the duck skin is served.
Unlike other restaurants, the restaurant does not take request to fry the remaining duck meat with noodles or rice.
Perhaps our expectations were too high, while the Peking Duck is decently good, it did not blow my mind away. That said, I think that it is better than the one from Paradise Pavilion.
Rants With the price tag of $88 per Peking Duck, I would much prefer a more fine dining concept like the other Peking Duck restaurants I have patronised previously. The casual dining concept here does not impress me.
Will I return again? It is very difficult to find a good Peking Duck restaurant in Singapore and it is unfortunate that TungLok XiHe Peking Duck failed to impress me. I will definitely return to the Grandstand to try other restaurants and will give this a miss.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
TungLok XiHe Peking Duck
200 Turf Club Road, #01-23/26
Tel : +65 6466 3363