The Place Not many restaurants in Singapore has a long history and we were surprised that Peach Blossoms Chinese restaurant located at Marina Mandarin Singapore has been opened since 1987! The restaurant spots a contemporary and oriental interior, with nice natural light in the day and views of the city. It certainly does not look dated like the 80s, as it underwent a major revamp in 2011.
The Food We checked out the Cantonese restaurant for its a la carte Dim Sum Buffet recently, which still retained the old pushcart fashion. The Dim Sum game is very competitive in Singapore, and almost every big hotel brand offers Dim Sum Buffet in their own Cantonese restaurant such as the nearby Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental and Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Available at S$48++ per person on weekdays or S$58++ per person on weekends, the main selling point of the a la carte Dim Sum Buffet at Peach Blossoms is the first page where you get to choose one item limited to one serving. Some of the luxurious options include the Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall, Whole Abalone and Wonton in Superior Broth, Baked Lobster with Cheese and Crispy Scallop with Fish Roe.
We like the Whole Abalone and Wonton in Superior Broth for its rich broth. This was a promising start.
One of the signature dish here is the Baked Lobster with Cheese, which we feel is one of the worthy options to try from the limited serving section.
Other dishes we had from the limited serving section were the Pan-fried Foie Gras with Smoked Duck served on Mantou, Stir-fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Black Truffle served in Charcoal Cone and the Crispy Scallop coated with Filo String topped with Fish Roe.
Moving on the the classic dim sum dishes, the spread is typically what you can find elsewhere, though we highly recommend trying the Xiao Long Bao. The skin texture of the Xiao Long Bao is not too thick, and the juicy bits of the pork fillings was on point. This is definitely one of the better version I had in a buffet.
The other dim sum dishes we tried like the Siew Mai, Custard Bun, Stir-fried Radish Cake in X.O Chilli Sauce and Egg Tart were pretty average. The Stir-fried Radish Cake in X.O Chilli Sauce lacked the spicy kick and aromatic flavours which we expected unfortunately.
From the Main Course section, we tried the Crispy Roasted Pork and Barbecued Pork Loin glazed with Honey Sauce, which were not too bad if you fancy some meats on the table.
Alternatively, go for the Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise and the Steamed Fillet of Fish with minced garlic. These were two of the main dishes we particularly enjoyed.
Rants Peach Blossoms is a restaurant where time seems to have frozen, so don’t expect any modern interpretation of dim sum here. Not a rant per se, but a warning to diners planning to head here.
Will I Return Again? The good part about the Dim Sum Buffet as Peach Blossoms is that there is only one seating, unlike some other restaurants with two seatings, hence we could really take our time to enjoy the food without the compelling need to rush. As with most buffets we have been to, there are hits and misses on the menu. That said, for the price and the overall good ambience, Peach Blossoms is still a worthy option to consider if you are planning your next Yum Cha gathering.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Level 5, Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6845 1111
All You Can Eat Dim Sum Ala Carte Buffet @ Peach Blossoms
Adult 12 years old and above is at $48++ per persons
Child 6 to 11 years old $38++ per persons
Weekend (Sat, Sun and Public Holidays, 11am to 3pm)
Adult 12 years old and above is at $58++ per person
Child 6 to 11 years old $38++ per person
Monday to Friday: 12pm to 3pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 3pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
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