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East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

AsianCantoneseChineseDim SumTeochew
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant is well known in Singapore and the region for serving the mouth-watering Teochew cuisine and dim sum using only the freshest ingredients to retain its authenticity.

Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 23:00

Sat, Sun &: 10:30 - 15:00

Sat, Sun &: 18:00 - 23:00

+65 62359088
$35 based on 63 submissions
Lunch (19 votes), Children/Family (17 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (17 votes)
Woon Kai Goh

Long queue

We made a reservation on the 3rd of May 12 noon but waited almost AN HOUR for our table! The waitress said the customer has already made payment but refuse to leave and keep asking us to wait for "5mins more".

Not suitable if you are going for big days like birthday with a big group or anniversary celebration, the long wait will spoil your mood. Better reserve your table at Imperial Treasure Teochew or ION Taste Paradise.

Dim sum is good. Egg tarts and lui sa bao, I prefer Taste Pardise. The vinegar trotter is good. Har gao is good but not siew mai. The cheong fun with fritters is very special and cheong fun with prawn, both are good. A must try is their roast pork!! The cutie dim sum, we ordered dog and rabbit, can forget about these.

Do take note: Ridiculous pricing for wet tissue and pickles! Pickles like those you eat with plain porridge, 20 cent big, one pax one piece. $1.30 per pax. We paid $13 for 10 pax. When asked, the waitress said, "Chilli sauce leh, also need money"

The HGW community like this place for...

  • roast pork5 votes
  • Custard Bun3 votes
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07 Dec 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

return back towel but still charge

return back towel but service lady said still charge $1.39+svc+GST coz towel, pickles & chilli charge together   to my surprise, dim sun restaurant charge for chilli which go with din sum? service lady answered yes different restaurant has different policy charges (day light robbery style)   another server said it company policy he can't do anything but charge us for towel though we don't use   bad poor horrible attitude service style restaurant
return back tower but still charge us ~$6
07 Dec 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

return back towel but still charge

return back towel but service lady said still charge $1.39+svc+GST coz towel, pickles & chilli charge together to my surprise, dim sun restaurant charge for chilli which go with din sum? service lady answered yes different restaurant has different policy charges (day light robbery style) another server said it company policy he can't do anything but charge us for towel though we don't use bad poor horrible attitude style restaurant
27 Oct 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Bad customer service

We went there to have dinner a couple of weeks ago. When my grandma was going to pay the bill they didn't accept her credit card saying that they're afraid that it was empty even though they haven't check yet, and when my grandma is going to pay cash they ask if she has enough money to pay! That is really humiliating! Like why would we eat there if we can't pay >.
29 Jul 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

No point making a reservation!

We made reservations at 1230pm on 28th July 2014 at East Ocean, hoping to have a nice family dim sum meal. We reached at 1215pm and there was a large crowd milling around and a long queue just to speak to ONE restaurant staff.

Apparently everyone had a reservation and the restaurant staff had a 3 page long list of names with 'reservations'. After 25 minutes of queuing to declare your reservation, you are expected to hang around for an unknown period of time before the staff hollers your name at the top of her voice to indicate table availability.

Alas, we gave up after sweating 45 minutes for our turn even with a reservation. Overall, it was an appalling experience which left a bad taste in our mouths even without tasting anything. East Ocean Restaurant, if you can't handle reservations, don't take them. If you take them, make sure you train your staff to be efficient and polite.

I'm won't be going there again, even if your Dim Sum attains Michelin Star.
28 Jul 2014 • 473 reviews • 68 followers

Disappointing dim sum

It was a public holiday lunch at East Ocean Teochew Restaurant with the family; A much vaunted restaurant where we usually purchase our supply of deep fried fish skin from (only available during Chinese New Year). And after so many years, we finally got down to trying their dim sum.    Situated on the fifth floor of the upclass Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road, East Ocean had a large crowd of people milling outside, waiting for a table. Thankfully we had reservations but even then, we had to get in line to approach the wait staff for our table. The place was rather noisy which definitely isn't great for conversation.   Crispy Roasted Pork Belly - Sporting a crackling crisp skin and a good fat to meat ratio, the roasted pork belly did seem a little wobbly and lacked finesse. But still pretty good in my humble opinion.   Steamed Har Gao - Crunchy prawns enveloped in relatively thin, translucent skin. Pretty decent as well.   Steamed BBQ Pork Rice Rolls - The cheong fun was average; Relatively thin skin but lacked silkiness. Chunks of BBQ pork evident.   Steamed Siew Mai - Topped with a smattering of roe and a green pea, the siew mai didn't overwhelm with its porkiness, probably due to the low fatty meat ratio.   Pan Fried Carrot Cake - The pan fried carrot cake was awfully soft and mushy; Almost gross. No wonders it didn't have many takers.    Steamed Carrot Cake - Now the steamed rendition came out slightly better. Soft sans the silkiness with the topping of dried shrimp, dried sausages, onion etc failing to boost the inherently bland flavours. Palatable but not great.    Mini Steamed Glutinous Rice - Great consistency in the rice but sorely lacking in flavour. Need I say more?   Deep Fried Beancurd Skin - The beancurd skin wasn't crisp enough and the prawn paste lacked flavour. Starting to see the trend?    Deep Fried Silver Fish With Salt - This dish was a serious joke. The layer of flour amassed around a single silver fish was so dense that all I could taste was flour. I certainly didn't order deep fried flour!   Century Egg Congee - Starchy yet flavourful, the porridge had bits of meat and a rather generous serving of century egg. Pretty nice considering how terrible the previous few items were.   Baked BBQ Pork Bun - Think polo bun (菠萝包) with BBQ pork. Crusty, semi sweet top with bits of BBQ pork filling. Pretty decent but would have appreciated more pork and a little more viscosity in the filling.   5 of us racked up a bill of about $142, which isn't too expensive given the quantity of food we had. Compare that however, to the quality of food that Wah Lok offers at a similar price point and the result is clear; East Ocean just doesn't measure up. There are more misses than hits and I'll probably just stop by for my yearly fish skin purchases, nothing more.    See my full review and all my pictures here