we had some elderly visiting from overseas and we used this as an excuse to take the family for dinner. And Asia Grand did not disappoint. The Peking duck was mouth-watering as usual and everyone in the group of 10 really enjoyed what was being served to us
I know Singapore has plenty of choices for dim sum, but value for money dim sum in central is not many. Asia Grand offers tasty Cantonese style dim sum at good prices. It's quite crowded on the sunday we went. We called in a day in advance to book a table, and was told to take up the 1pm slot [they have 2 time slots for dim sum on weekends]. As there are only 4 of us, we didn't go for the Peking duck but saw lots of order for it. The Har-Kow, SiewMai are typical and the liu-sha-bao is sweet. The best is the deep-fried bean curd (fu-pi-juan), which we ordered two plates. The CharSiewBun isn't that great though.
Best dim-sum ever tasted, to date.
The prawns and scallops dim-sum were simply to die for, as they're so fresh, huge and succulent. I dont quite remember what else I've tried but in my memory, all of them are nice, including the char siew bao, fried mango prawn rolls etc. All are nice!
The restaurant was so crowded and packed with orders that the services are pretty bad. But I guess that's expected when food is good!
It was a friend's treat so I dont know the price but kinda remember it wasnt too expensive.
I read that they have no corkage charge. So, enthisiastically, I brought two Bordeaux blends there for dinner. The waitress brought us some thick, round glasses that one could easily mistake for water glasses. I asked for a change, and she came back with two taller ones that looked more like Burgundy glasses this time. I smiled and explained that I needed Bordeuax glasses. She went back and brought the manager/owner out this time. I sensed that he was rather annoyed by now. He informed me that customers there had asked for different glasses for different wines, and had broken too many glasses to the detriment of the restaurant. So, they had stopped serving their 'better glasses'. He reminded me that there is no corkage charge and suggested that I just made do with the Burgundy glasses instead, implying that I should be thankful for it. I was grateful but really, I could not bring myself to pour my Ornellaia or Smith Haut Lafitte into those Burgundy glasses nor the yellowish decanter. In the end, we settled for a S$30 corkage before I got to drink my wines with Scott Weisel Bordeaux glasses. That was how I end up paying corkage at a no corkage outlet. So, bring your own decanters and glasses if you want to avoid the frustrations or annoyance early on at dinners there. Or bring burgundies to suit those round glasses they will most likely serve you, Your cheap Burgundies, that is. Forget the whites, unless you really don't mind any glass being used at all. The food is delicious though.
Brought my mom over here at this place to celebrate her birthday and was not disappointed at all at the level of service and the quality of the food on offer at this Chinese dining place. This place is good and suitable for huge family gatherings and the various Chinese dishes that they have on offer will greatly appeal to the older generation. Once in a while, there will be special promotions (when I was there it was a suckling pig or Peking duck promotion) which will make this place a tad cheaper. This brings me to the sole downside of the place because it can be pretty expensive for the average Singaporean but it is worth it if you are holding celebratory events here.