Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cherry Garden Part III

The choice of our team dinner was Cherry Garden, the flagship Chinese restaurant of Oriental Hotel. Having dined there twice before, I was more enamored by its intricately oriental design than the food (most unfortunately!). However, having said that, I was hopeful that Cherry Garden could/would spring a few surprises. After all, it did make it to the list of Singapore's Best Restaurants a couple of years back. A short disclaimer applies here as I didn't do the ordering nor did I have a chance to take a look at the set menu which we ordered, hence I am quite hazy about the exact names of the dishes.



Amuse Bouche

Honestly, the idea of serving an amuse bouche in a Chinese restaurant in Singapore is still relatively new and very few Chinese restaurants actually practice that. Anyways, the appetiser for the day was breaded cod fish with garlic, which boasted light and crisp (not to mention piping hot) batter that had the smooth texture of cod. Couldn't quite make out any distinctive cod fish taste though.



Shark's Fin Soup

The shark's fin soup had little slivers of fins swimming around in a nice, not too thick/rich broth. Doesn't say much about the quantity or quality does it?




Drunken Chicken & Wasabi Prawn

This dish had 2 parts - drunken chicken and wasabi prawn, both of equally minute portions. Personally I am not a proponent of alcohol laden chicken but Cherry Garden's rendition was quite good. Tender without an overwhelming presence of the Chinese rice wine. The wasabi prawn was fresh and coated with a nice crisp layer of batter sans an overwhelming wasabi taste. Very nice!



Chicken

A well executed dish with the chicken tender and juicy with a moderate splash of spiciness. It would have been better if each of us could have gotten something more substantial in size though.



Fish with Tofu

This dish was a little too salty for my liking and I could barely make out the taste of the fish, not with the amount of gravy that it was stir fried in. I appreciated the smoothness and silkiness of the tofu though and that was the sole redeeming factor, for me at least.



Seafood Fried Vermicelli

Plenty of seafood coupled with springy but a tad overly oily fried vermicelli made for a nice carbohydrate dish. However portions were ridiculously small and barely filled up one small rice bowl.



Lime Sorbet with Fresh Fruits

A feast for the eyes with its radiant colours but I can't say the same for the stomach. This was nothing beyond normal. I mean, how bad can a combination of fresh fruits and lime sorbet possibly get?

The total bill for the evening for 10 pax went close to $940, which included a couple of beers and soft drinks. Food quality was generally a little above average but portions were less than generous, especially for a $78/pax set dinner. For the record, I had to turn to a trusty old friend with pointy red shoes to fill my stomach after that.



Final Verdict:
Ambience:9/10
Service:8/10
Food:7/10
Value for money:6/10

Overall:7.5/10

Address: The Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue

Contact: 68853538

Opening Hours:

Lunch:

12pm-2:30pm

Weekend Dim Sum Buffet:

11am-1pm (1st seating)

1:30pm-3pm (2nd seating)

Dinner:

6:30pm-10:30pm

Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/dining/cherry_garden/



The team

3 comments:

Melissa said...

Thank you for posting the review. The food looks lovely. However, as a fellow foodie I respectfully encourage you to to do a little research and educate yourself about where the food in your bowl comes from and how it gets there. Shark fin soup is flavoured with all sorts of things because it has no taste and no nutritional value. It's also horribly unsustainable and a wretched practice. Thank you.

fatpig said...

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for your comment. I will bear what you have mentioned in mind =)

Ginger said...

Hi Guys, I am surprise that this meal itself cost $78/pax which it did not jusitfied the meal/food. Perhaps this is due to the ambience or the serving being provide. For me, the portion served is little which i have to agree with the Blog owner.

This often happens in a premium resturant. The presentation is often nice and lovely and the quite standard in most resturant.

Aside to Melissa, I think you are too "strict" on the owner's review. Gentle reminder that this blog belongs to him and he has right to post what comes to his mind and how he judges/reviewed what he has put into his mouth. He has to pay for his meals, don't him? I trust he is honest about his feedback.

Pardon me if im have speak too much. Just my 2 cents opinion. Good day!