The Place Moving just a few units down from its original unit along Keong Siak Road, Tang Restaurant Bar & Supper Club reopened in a smaller but cosier outfit, serving exclusively for a crowd of about twenty. Tang Restaurant spots a bar entrance, allowing guests to enjoy some pre-steamboat or after-steamboat drinks!
The best thing about the compact space here is that you will very likely get to enjoy some personalized and attentive service, while soaking in the rather classy vibe of the restaurant.
The Food Tang promises to up the elegant game in steamboat, and wants its guests to enjoy their steamboat in an unhurried tempo and be served the freshest of seafood and the premium cuts of meats.
You may be surprised to know this, but the Authentic Sichuan Spicy Soup ($21, aka “Mala soup”) base was good enough to drink it on its own. Yes, it also means that for the true mala takers out there, you will probably find it lacking that “punch”. For others, make very sure to have their House Special Soup ($19) base too. With the exception of Beauty in the Pot’s collagen soup base, this ranks amongst my favourite – simmered for six hours with old hen, pork and fish bones, you will very likely find yourself having bowls after bowls.
A highlight of Tang’s menu is their Translucent Sliced Fish ($22 for 12 slices), which are thinly sliced by the chef before 7pm everyday for early birds to enjoy the “show”! I will recommend you to cook this in the mala soup, to get that perfect combination of the fresh fish and the mala soup.
Some of the meats you can expect here include the Japanese Miyazaki A5 Ribeye Cap Off Lip ($49 for 100g), Spanish Iberico Pork ($14 for 100g) and Japanese Momoiro Pork Belly ($15 for 100g). If you are on a budget, the latter two options should suffice for a good hotpot meal.
My favourite in any steamboat meal, the Homemade Meat and Fish Balls ($10-$14 for 8pcs) here are springy and satisfyingly good.
If you happen to walk in Tang Restaurant on a bad day, and decide not to even look through the menu, go for its omakase option – at $50 or $80 per pax. We promise that the omakase set includes the main highlights here, nothing less.
Rants The small space also means losing your privacy, somewhat. And do ensure that you reserve well ahead to avoid disappointment.
Will I Return Again? Steamboat has surprisingly trended in the past years, with many hotpot restaurants opening and queues forming at popular outfits. Tang Restaurant may not have a distinctive character yet, but scores high marks for getting all the basics right. If I am craving for a good simple hotpot that is comforting and hearty, I will be back at Tang again.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Tang Restaurant Bar & Supper Club
25 Keong Siak Road
Tel: 6222 7708
Daily 12:00noon to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Ranted by The Rantee