The Place Opened by the same team behind Le Fusion a few doors down, Tang Lung Restaurant is a new Chinese restaurant which opened in the buzzing Robertson Quay. Located beside the riverfront with outdoor and indoor seating, it is interesting that Tang Lung is one of the rare Chinese restaurant in this precinct. The interior of Tang Lung takes on a typical Chinese restaurant look, relatively open concept and the centrestage is undoubtedly the open kitchen.
The Food With over 60 dishes on the menu, my meal started off with some of the dim sum items. The Pineapple Char Siew Tart (S$6.90/3 pieces) is a hybrid of ‘polo bao’ and the usual fried bun, which is quite a unique creation.
The Pork Siew Mai with Salted Egg Yolk (S$7.90/4 pieces) plays on the salted egg yolk element, where there is a cube of it within the siew mai topped with Japanese fish roe.
For a more decadent option, go for the Truffle Mushroom Crystal Dumpling (S$8.90/4 pieces).
For mains, the Steamed Flower Crab in Shaoxing Wine (Seasonal Price) is one of the highlight of Tang Lung. When this dish was served, it instantly reminded me of what I had at The Chairman Restaurant in Hong Kong previously. There are two live flower crabs in this dish on a bed of vermicelli noodles, where the noodles really soak up all the jus of the sauce. The Shaoxing Wine flavour is quite pronounced in the sauce itself, which I do enjoy.
For a fish dish, I had the Deep Fried Soon Hock in Superior Sauce (Seasonal Price). The fish is fried to a nice golden brown texture, and this dish is definitely great for sharing.
The Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushroom in Chinese Herb (S$68/portion) reminds me of ‘pen cai’ during Chinese New Year meals. For the price tag, it does have luxurious ingredients such as Black Sea Cucumber and various Chinese herbs like Chinese Yam root and Chinese Angelica root. The sea cucumber is fried with garlic as well, and it is quite tasty along with the luscious sauce.
Unfortunately, the Steamed Glutinous Rice with Crab Roe (Seasonal Price) doesn’t work well for me. The rice is quite dry during my visit, even though the flavour of the crab roe is quite strong. That said, it packs loads of premium ingredients such as Shiitake mushrooms, shredded fried scallops, Chinese ham and crab roe.
Rants Despite being a new restaurant, I am not a fan of the restaurant’s interior which comes across as dated for me.
Will I Return Again? There are no lack of restaurants in Robertson Quay and this is probably the rare few Chinese restaurant here. Some hits and misses for me in terms of the dishes, where most of the highlights seem to revolve around seafood and dim sum.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Tang Lung Restaurant
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
#01-12, The Pier At Roberston
Tel: +65 6262 9966
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter