The Place Located at the now-defunct London’s Four Seasons Duck branch in Singapore, Famous Treasure opened at level 2 of Capitol Piazza Singapore late last year. This is the second restaurant of the group, with its first being Famous Kitchen at Sembawang which I have not gotten the chance to dine at yet.
The decor felt very much similar to the previous Four Seasons restaurant, with gold trimmings and beige colour tones. Good thing for them, Capitol Piazza is undergoing a much needed revamp of the mall. New retail and dining concepts have been opening in recent months, helping to drive more traffic into the mall.
The Food The first thing you will notice about Famous Treasure are the selections of unique takes on traditional Chinese food, including a couple of items which I managed to enjoy during my visit here. Famous Treasure also pays homage to the chef’s hometown, Malaysia, with a couple of Malaysian-inspired items on the menu.
I started the dinner with the rather predictable Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk (S$10). Freshly done with the salted egg yolk being moist, unlike the commercially retailed versions which are dry and usually very salty.
One of the must order here, the Roasted Crispy Pork Belly (S$12) served with Thai green chilli paste gets the meal underway very well. The crispy and juicy pork belly retains much of the pork jus despite roasting and deep-frying the meats.
Moving to the signature dishes, the Roasted Peking Duck (S$58) gets served with the usual egg skin and condiments for Peking Duck. The fatty skin gets you a sinfully addictive texture and jus, and with the meats all sliced and served, be surprised by just how juicy and tender the meats are. If they maintain this standard, Famous Treasure will perhaps be serving one of the best and affordable rendition of Peking Duck in Singapore.
Another signature here, the Roasted Irish Silver Hill Duck (S$35 half, S$68 whole) is not to be missed if you love your duck meat.
Another highlight here, the Steamed Marble Goby with Preserved Vegetables on Hot Plate (S$10 per 100g, S$100) will be for you if you prefer a rather saucy dish to go with your rice. Having a fresh fish perhaps is still key to overall rating of this fish, and it scores well.
I am not too impressed with the Traditional Curry Fish Head in Claypot (S$35 half, S$65 whole) here as this is comparable to others I had at usual zi-char stalls, and I personally find it too spicy. That said, the portion of this dish is generous.
Another popular seafood option here, and perhaps one of Famous Treasure’s signatures, the Live Flower Crab baked with Salt (Seasonal Price) has one of the sweetest crab meats. Baked simply with salt, you get to enjoy the crab at its purest.
I recommend you to strongly order this Wok-Fried Squid with Chinchalok and Lady’s Finger (S$18) if you like something slightly sour, a perfect side dish to go with an otherwise heavy meal.
The Stir-fried Chinese Romaine Lettuce with Shrimp paste in Claypot (S$16) is another delectable greens here.
For carbs, the two dishes you should try here are the Pan-Fried Hor Fun with Preserved Vegetables and Kai Lan (S$18) and KL Style Hokkien Mee (S$18). The former is a different take on the usual hor fun, giving you the charred edges on the noodles and a slightly sour taste from the preserved vegetables; a good way to cap the meal here at Famous Treasure.
Alternatively, the KL Style Hokkien Mee promises to meet the standards you enjoyed in the streets of the Malaysia capital city, although I would not have mind if there is a generous serving of deep fried pork lard to complement the noodles.
Rants The menu here is too exhaustive. Keep the treasures on the menu, rather than have diners search and get lost in the hunt for them.
Will I Return Again? Famous Treasure has some creative takes on classic zi-char dishes, and dishes out accomplished takes on popular items too. Very reasonable pricing for its location in town, so here’s a place for your next gathering.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
13 Stamford Rd
#02-28 Capitol Piazza
Tel: +65 6881 6668
Daily: 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Rantee