The Place I visited 藝yi by Jereme Leung for lunch during my recent stay at Raffles Hotel Singapore, one Chinese restaurant which I have been intending to check out. The entrance of the restaurant located in Raffles Arcade is grand, decorated with handcrafted white floral petals which reminds me of an art gallery. Indeed, the Chinese character 藝 literally means art, and this is part of what Singaporean Chef Jereme Leung wants to convey through his cuisine.
藝yi by Jereme Leung is one of the new restaurants since the reopening of Raffles Hotel Singapore last year after a major revamp. Other dining concepts in the hotel include The Grand Lobby, La Dame de Pic, Butcher’s Block and Raffles Courtyard.
The interior of the main dining hall is elegantly designed with neutral tones, along with a couple of private dining rooms.
The Food There is no one specific style of Chinese cuisine at 藝 yì by Jereme Leung, as the inspiration stems from chef’s vast culinary experience across mainland China over the years. I was keen to visit during lunch, as lunch hour is where dim sum is served.
I started with the House Specialty Black Gold Egg Custard Buns (S$9), a classic dim sum which will not go very wrong.
My fellow diners like the Chicken Feet With Taro & Black Bean Sauce (S$8), though this is one classic dim sum dish I do not fancy.
It is not hard to notice how exquisite the presentation of the dishes are, even for the dim sum items. The Siew Mai Dumplings With Sakura Shrimp, Pork & Seafood (S$9) is a good size and the combination of ingredients make it different from the usual version.
You also can’t go wrong with the Har Kau Shrimp Dumpling With Black Garlic (S$9).
This is quite interesting, Sesame Shrimp Toast With Sweet & Sour Dip (S$13). You get a crispy toast texture, and this is one modern dim sum dish not seen anywhere else for me.
I was intrigued by the dressing as it takes reference to ‘mala’. The Freshly-Made Rice Rolls Served With Poached Chicken & Spicy Sichuan Sesame Dressing (S$10) is not that spicy, and pairing poached chicken with rice roll is something unique.
From the main menu, I was also keen to try the Golden Roasted Duck With Rose & Fermented Bean Sauce & Rainbow Pancakes (S$52/half). The crispy duck skin is decorated with golden flakes, and the rainbow pancakes is another interesting aspect of the dish. For the sauces, you get the usual Peking duck dark sauce, but what is also unique is the Rose & Fermented Bean Sauce which adds a floral touch to the flavour of the sauce.
Rants Prices are relatively steep here, where the dim sum prices are on a par with the likes of Summer Pavilion and Yan Ting.
Will I Return Again? Beautiful dining space at 藝 yì by Jereme Leung, where dishes are also served in beautiful presentations. Prices are relatively steep, and I think that it is much better to dine in small groups here, both for the variety of dishes and damage to wallet.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
藝 yì by Jereme Leung
328 North Bridge Road (Accessible via North Bridge Road Entrance)
#03-02, Raffles Arcade
Tel: +65 6412 1331
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:15pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter