The Place We do need more good dining concepts to open in Orchard Road to lure shoppers back. The latest to open in the heart of Orchard Road at Shaw House is the few weeks old Joyden Canton, the second outlet by the Joyden Concepts with its first outlet at HillV2 in the west. The 140-seater restaurant at Shaw House has an oriental setting like most mid-range Cantonese restaurants, with two private rooms in this outlet. We were excited to check out this new outlet of Joyden Concepts, having been to Joyden Treasures (read our full review here) at Kallang Leisure Park which focuses more on seafood.
The Food The menu at the Orchard outlet is much more extensive than its HillV2 branch, with certain exclusive dishes to Shaw House.
We started with the Daliang Pan-Fried Stuffed Lotus Roots (S$9), a popular snack in Shunde, Guangdong. It is interesting to see the dishes on the menu drawing influences mainly from specific cities within the Guangdong province in China, such as Shantou, Chaozhou and Guangzhou. This is quite a differentiating factor of Joyden Canton as opposed to other Cantonese restaurants in Singapore which are heavily influence by Hong Kong Cantonese style cuisine. The paste here is minced pork, with two slices of lotus roots sandwiched before being dee fried. A sinful snack, but delicious.
No Cantonese meal is complete without the soup. The Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup (S$8) I had was a hearty broth of collagen rich double-boiled soup.
We are familiar with pork chops, but having it with hints of the herbal Dang-Gui or Angelica root is a first for me, as seen in the Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-Gui Barbeque Sauce (S$19). The herbal element infused in the pork is an interesting touch to this otherwise common Chinese dish.
If you fancy something lighter, go for the Steamed Cod Fish with Hua-Diao and Homemade Ginger Sauce (S$32). The steamed cod fish is topped with homemade paste made from old and young ginger, herbs and Chinese rice wine, commonly known as Hua-Diao. I like the various elements here, just that I found the texture of the cod fish to be too soft and would have preferred it to be more robust.
One of the dishes unique to the Shaw House outlet is the Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised ‘You Tiao’ (S$18). This unique dish is primarily ‘You Tiao’ with egg, an interesting combination which I have never come across anywhere. The crispy ‘You Tiao’ added a nice crunchy texture to the flavourful egg, where the egg mixture has elements of vermicelli, Mandarin peel and jelly fish.
Unfortunately, the Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce (S$21) didn’t resonate so well with me. The tiger prawns were coated generously with toasted almond flakes, and the resulting texture was too dry for me. There were also slight hints of salted egg, cilantro and water chestnuts in the prawns, though the almond taste almost overpowered it all. This dish is also served with homemade lemon and lemongrass sauce.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the Braised Luffa Gourd with Poached Egg White in Conpoy Sauce (S$17), a seemingly simple looking vegetable dish but the process of preparing the luffa gourd is a painstaking one. I enjoyed the light flavours and crunchy texture here, as well as the addition of poached egg white wok-tossed with a light conpoy sauce.
Lastly, if you must order a staple, go right for the “Hak Gam” Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork and Prawn (S$18), a delicious plate of fried rice prepared using olives from Meizhou in China. The winning recipe of this dish for me lies in the dark soya sauce, which gave it an extremely aromatic and tasty flavour. Even the most resilient carb-free eater will probably succumb to this.
Rants While the location of Joyden Canton in the heart of Orchard Road is centralised, the old and new extension of Shaw House is like a broken marriage. If you are at level four of the new wing, there is no direct link to Joyden’s location in the old wing where Isetan is located.
Will I Return Again? Joyden Canton has an interesting menu which sets it apart from other Cantonese restaurants in the same market segment. It is worthy of a try if you haven’t tried it.
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
#04-00, Shaw House
350 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6908 3833
Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 9.30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 9.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter