The Place When I first heard that Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant is going to open in Singapore at the revamped Capitol Plazza, I was very excited to check it out at the first minute. Afterall, I have been an ardent fan of the original outlet at Bayswater in London, and even the franchised outlet at Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok. Located at level two of Capitol Theatre, the restaurant is quite spacious, probably the biggest as compared to its other global outlets. It was surprisingly empty when I visited last weekend, given the rather low key opening and publicity.
The Food Roast duck. Nothing more on the menu excites me more than the famous roast duck. Prices are generally not cheap, with half portion roast duck that we had at $36 (Whole duck $68). It was not the most pleasant dining experience I had, notwithstanding the fact that the somewhat unpolished service can be much improved as I understand that most of the service staff are new. My greatest shock was when the roast duck was served on my table, as I noticed highly visible duck feathers, with its prickly texture. I consulted the manager if it was even edible, and it was a yes initially.
Will you eat this piece of feathered duck meat?
After my look of disgust and skepticism, the manager decided to change my plate and serve a fresh plate of duck meat. My understanding from the manager is that the restaurant will feedback to their Thailand supplier where the duck is imported from, and the chefs will take greater diligence in checking and removing the feathers. But seriously, I was very disappointed with the overall standard. Feather aside, the duck meat was not as tender as the ones I had previously in London and Bangkok. The signature sauce for the meat not as tasty, while the roast duck skin not as crispy as I imagined it to be.
We also tried the Aubergine Hot Pot ($24), another disappointment for its price. The eggplant was quite tasteless and failed to impress.
Rants The dismal standard of the roast duck is my biggest rant.
Will I Return Again? By local standards, the price at Four Seasons is quite exorbitant for roast duck. It doesn’t help that it fails to deliver in terms of quality and standards. Give me the roast duck from any hawker stall anytime.
Taste bud: 2.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 2.5/5
Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant
Capitol Plazza #02-27/28/29
13 Stamford Road
Tel: +65 67021838
Daily: 11am – 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter