The Place Located in Tanjong Pagar Centre, the relatively new Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House is one of the latest dining concepts this year by the same group behind Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House. The interior of the city centre restaurant is contemporary and anything but oriental. The 60-seater restaurant includes a permanent chef’s table, 14-seater private room with karaoke and a 36-seater alfresco area.
The Food The direction of Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House sticks to modern and innovative Chinese cuisine prepared with Western techniques. The dishes are not what I would typically spot in a classic Chinese restaurant’s menu, which I found interesting while deciding on the dishes to have.
We started with the Crab Balls with Chilli Pomelo Sauce (S$22), one of the starter recommended by the staff. Four small solid balls are served here, with generous fillings of crab meat. I enjoyed this snack along with the sauce, though I wished the portion is bigger.
For soup, the Oven Baked Lobster Bisque with Chinese Hua Tiao Wine (S$16) caught our eyes as this is a classic Western and Chinese fusion. The soup is served over a puffy dough, which goes well with the lobster bisque. That said, the ratio of the lobster bisque and Hua Tiao Wine wasn’t that ideal for me. The latter was too overpowering, while the lobster bisque taste was also overly rich such that it was cloying after a few mouthfuls.
For seafood, I tried the Australian Blue Lip Mussels, Garlic & Chinese Hua Tiao Wine (S$26), which was decent. The combination of the garlic and Chinese Hua Tiao Wine is delicious.
On to mains, I had one of the recommended dishes on the menu, the Roasted Spanish Iberico Suckling Pig with Citrus Spicy Dressing (S$38). This is unlike the typical crispy suckling pig skin, though the meat is fatty and sucuuclent.
Our last savoury dish is the Hot Stone Pork Lard Truffle Flavoured Fried Rice (S$22). I ordered this purely based on the name of the dish. Who can resist pork lard and truffle? Superficial reasons aside, the staff assisted in mixing all the ingredients together at our table when the hot stone was served. The last finishing touch was the addition of the truffle oil over the hot rice. I enjoyed this fried rice, as the texture was just right with a very fragrant smell.
Rants Prices of the dishes are definitely above average as compared to other casual Chinese restaurants.
Will I Return Again? If you are looking for a modern Chinese restaurant with Western influences and at a convenient location, Blue Lotus Chinese Grill is one option to consider; despite some hits and misses with the dishes I tried.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Monday to Saturday: 11.30am to 10.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter