The Summer Palace Restaurant is a long established restaurant, with good service, ambiance, delicious authentic Cantonese food and an excellent venue for dining with family, with friends or for business. In May 2016 I did a review of this place when we had lunch. This time we were invited for dinner.
The Restaurant is situated on the third floor of the Regent Hotel at 1, Cuscaden Road, set amidst elegant surroundings and attractive decor of antiques and paintings, complimented with piped Chinese music which was subdued that normal talking was possible. The lighting was more than adequate with views of the hotel’s pool through ceiling-to-floor glass panels.
The first dish served was the complimentary birthday longevity buns. They were small in size and didn’t fill you up so that you’d be able to get through the following eight course dinner menu plus a slice of the birthday cake! The barbecued suckling pig, was served next on small wheat wraps, eaten with spring onion shoots and a brown sweet sauce. The skin was very crunchy and the combination tasty.
This was followed by braised superior bird’s nest with lobster meat. The stock was very bland and lacked taste which was better after adding some vinegar. Lobster meat was well cooked. The braised South African abalone with mushrooms in oyster sauce came next. The mushrooms were firm and not tough, and the vegetables tangy and slightly bitter
This was followed by a combination of deep fried yam-coated scallops and stir-fried scallops with asparagus. I preferred the stir-fried scallops to the yam-coated ones. The asparagus was nicely cooked and complimented well with the scallops.
The steamed Star Garoupa in soy sauce was very delicious and flavourful. The fish meat fresh and firm, crunchy to the bite.
Minced pork with lettuce cup. This was the suckling pig “recycled”. The unserved pork meat returned after being chopped into very small bits and fried with pine nuts. I found the meat a little tough, but the freshness of the lettuce leave made up for this.
The stewed Ee-Fu noodles with minced shrimps and mushrooms was also good, the mushrooms adding depth of flavour and crunch.
Finally, we had the sweetened almond cream with ginko nuts and egg white. This was the eight dish served besides a slice of the birthday cake, by which time, we were pretty full already! Almonds are not everyone’s favorites, and many just ate the ginko nuts.
The service was very good. Waitresses were attentive and watchful. Wine glasses refilled continuously. Used plates changed for clean fresh plates. As there were several big dinner functions held simultaneously that night in the same hotel, car parking was tight. Nonetheless, The Summer Palace fared very well both with service and food.
Address: Regent Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 3.
Lunch:12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Mon-Sat); 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (Sun)
Dinner: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm daily
Dress: Smart casual
Tel. +65 6725 3288
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