The Place Located in Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Cherry Garden has been one of those reputable Chinese restaurant in Singapore, also well-known for its weekend dim sum buffet. The Cantonese restaurant had a revamp recently, in terms of the interior and its menu. My last visit to Cherry Garden was few years back when I had the weekend dim sum buffet, hence I was quite excited to check it out again. Other than Cherry Garden, other restaurants within the hotel include popular buffet restaurant Melt Cafe and an Italian restaurant by the poolside, Dolce Vita.
The Food As with most Cantonese restaurants in hotels like Yan Ting and Summer Pavilion, the menu at Cherry Garden is very extensive with wide selection of dim sum, roast meats, seafood, rice and noodles, and soups. Prices are on a par with other hotels, and I always think that if you have a big appetite and is someone who go for variety, it’s best to go with the dim sum buffet where you get to try dishes from the a la carte menu as well.
We started with some dim sum highlights – Steamed prawn dumpling with black garlic (S$8), Steamed crystal dumpling with fresh mushrooms and black truffle (S$7) and Steamed pork xiao long bao (S$7).
My favourite of the lot is the Steamed crystal dumpling with fresh mushrooms and black truffle where the texture of the dumpling skin was just right and I was able taste the black truffle which added some luxe factor to this dish.
I am very picky about xiao long bao and nothing quite rivals that of Din Tai Feng so far. The skin of the steamed pork xiao long bao here is slightly too thick for me.
For a good and nourishing soup, I enjoyed the Double boiled clear soup with sliced abalone matsutake and snow fungus (S$28). The highly prized matsutake here is from the high mountains of Yunnan, which is fast gaining popularity within and outside China for its matsutake mushrooms. The texture is luscious and it is one of those that I can have another serving.
Another dish which left an impression on me is the Steamed red garoupa served with pickled chilies (S$22 per portion). While the soft and fresh flavour of the garoupa was expected, the pickled chilies enchanced the whole flavour of the fish with that spicy kick.
One of the highlights on the new menu this round is the Pan-fried A4 Miyazaki Wagyu beef sirloin (S$48 per portion), where the purebred wagyu beef is flown in directly from Miyazaki prefecture. I was expecting an ultra tender, melt-in-the-mouth texture but it fell short of that. The wagyu beef was too well done for me here, even though I could still taste glimpse of the well-marbled meat.
The next dish was a surprise for me. I didn’t expect the Five grain fried rice with Cantonese pork sausage and vegetables (S$24/small) to be so delicious. The whiff of the rice was arresting even before I ate it, with each grain fried to a solid and nice texture. The fried rice here is prepared with five difference types of rice, including the likes of brown rice and puffed rice.
Finally, the dessert I tried was the Cherries in nui er hong and aged kuei hua wine cocktail jelly with lychee sorbet (S$10). The combination is quite an unique one, though the taste wasn’t as alcoholic as it sounds. Still, the lychee sorbet was a nice finish to the meal.
Rants For the premium prices, the food met our expectations though we expected a much higher standard for its price and the Mandarin Oriental brand.
Will I Return Again? I like the look of Cherry Garden which exudes a strong oriental feel and dining ambience. The food is generally commendable for a Cantonese restaurant in Singapore, suitable for business lunches with their cosy private rooms or as weekend dim sum affair with friends or family.
Make your reservation instantly at Cherry Garden here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Weekday Lunch: 12 noon to 2.30pm
Weekend Dim Sum Buffet: 11am to 1pm; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
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