The Place Located at the basement of the ultimate learning mall in Singapore, Guan Dynasty opened at Novena’s United Square on May this year. From the team behind the popular Roasted Duck chain, Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck, originally from Hougang Avenue 1, which now serves up their roasted meats across 10 locations islandwide.
Guan Dynasty is the group’s first venture into the restaurant business, and the new concept already has some early wins with its clear culinary directions focusing on traditional Cantonese food, and a well-conceptualised interior. Light brown wood panels, with bright colours, the restaurant appeals to both casual family meals and informal gatherings. For parents waiting for their young ones to finish their weekend classes, this is a perfect place to savour some dim sum and sip some Chinese tea.
The Food Hong Kong Roast and Dim Sum are the main highlights of Guan Dynasty, although the menu is rather extensive during our visit, and if I may add, too extensive. There is a total of 121 items on the menu, and it is not surprising to find the staff struggling to keep up with service during our visit. It is good to note that the restaurant is re-looking at their menu, and perhaps a more concise take of it will resolve some of the service teething issues at the moment.
A different take of one of the must orders for dim sum, the Signature Fish Siew Mai (S$6.80) replaces pork with fish as its fillings. While a refreshing take, we find that the fish siew mai lacks the meat jus and grease of the usual pork siew mai. That said, if it is your first visit here, it is definitely worth a try, and perhaps you may prefer this over the typical siew mai.
Not usually a standout dish, the Steamed Pork Rib with Plum Sauce (S$5) here is surprisingly enjoyable. The pork ribs is very tender, with the plum sauce gives it an extra layer of flavour.
Another equally enjoyable dim sum is the Fresh Egg Tart (S$4.80), and luckily for us, they mean it when the word fresh is used. Prepared daily fresh from the kitchen, the Egg Tarts is light on texture, and melts in your mouth, although the thin and slightly crisp tart completes the experience without being overly oily.
Not all was on point though, with the Golden Custard Bun (S$5.20) being a disappointment, as the salted egg flavour is relatively mild, while the bun itself is a tad too dry.
Another dim sum dish I often come across in Chinese restaurant these days, the Black Pepper Duck Bun (S$5.50) was made popular some years back by another Chinese restaurant. The rendition here is a pretty decent attempt.
With Guan Chee being a roast specialist, the Yuan Dynasty Char Siew (S$10.80) is definitely a must-order here. Very tender meats, with slight char on the ends, the char siew can be enjoyed as a side, or with noodles and rice as with most Cantonese diners.
My fellow diner relished the Century Egg & Lean Pork Congee (S$5.80) here, more creamy than usual, and less watered-down, the congee seems perfect if you are looking for something light and comforting.
Rants Exhaustive menu with more than 120 items. We pity the service crew.
Will I Return Again? Its affordable, and it is delightfully enjoyable. Guan Dynasty has some good dim sum selections, and with it fuss-free dining approach and pleasant dining environment, we are keen to return very soon again.
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
101 Thomson Road, United Square
Tel: +65 6565 6465
Daily 10am to 10pm (9am on Weekends and Public Holiday)
Ranted by The Rantee