The Place I have heard of Szechuan Court for a long while and have always walked past it in Raffles City. Finally, the looming Chinese New Years triggered my desire to have more Chinese food recently, specifically Dim Sum which is one of my favourites. After my previous visit to Paradise Pavilion, I have high expectations of Szechuan Court even before entering.I like the cosy ambience of the restaurant, which is surprisingly big as well. There are four tables with curtains which you have to apparently reserved way in advance, which I must say is very cosy for a private lunch affair. The restaurant is surprisingly quite big and the tables are pretty well spaced out.The Food The prices of the dim sum here is definitely above average, with the most common price range being $5.80 – $7.80 per dish. The range of choices is also very wide, from the steamed dim sum items to the baked and fried items.
Here is a peek at the menu:The baked BBQ Pork Pastry with Cereal Flakes ($6.80) is one of my must order dim sum dish. This is the first time I have seen cereal flakes on the crispy skin, which I thought is very unique. The pork pastry texture is crispy and tasty, which is my first test if it is a good rendition of the dish.
The Pan fried shredded Yam and Pumpkin Cake ($5.80) is so good that it is my favourite dish here. The dish is so ingeniously created that it doesn’t even feel like this is yam and pumpkin. I like how exquisite the dish is, as well as the subdued taste of the yam and pumpkin.The Glutinous Rice with Honey sauced Cod Fish ($9.80) is another interesting dish. I like the presentation of the dish, which is not the usual clumsy way glutinous rice is being wrapped and served. The rice is not too sticky yet tasty, while the honey cod fish is different from the usual pork or chicken fillings.
The Pan fried Siew Mai with BBQ sauce ($7.80) is worth ordering as well, especially with the fresh prawns. I have only tried steamed Siew Mai before but have never seen a pan fried version of the dish. The taste does not differ much from the steamed version surprisingly.The Deep fried Organic Mushrooms Dumpling with Miso soup ($5.80) is a creative version of the usual fried dumpling. Who would expect this dish to be soaked in Miso soup which is so Japanese?Rants Other than the pricey dishes as compared to other Chinese restaurants, we can’t rant much about this place.
Will I return again? With the FAR card, diners enjoy up to 50% off the total bill. Definitely a pragmatic reason to be back again!
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Szechuan Court & Kitchen
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Stamford Rd
Tel : +65 6431 6156
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