23 Oct 2014
See my full reviews & photos at =http://chefquak.com/2014/10/23/early-birthday-dinner-chef-chans-restaurant-on-22oct2014/
my 2 close buddies organised an early birthday dinner at chef chan's for me & for my wife on 22.10.2014. :-)
i looked up the menu. & picked the S$80 for 2pax 5-course menu (above photo), which looked about alright. :-)
chef chan’s restaurant was located at national museum. nice colonial building with nicely furnished & decorated interior.
#1 deep fried belly pork with fermented bean curd was quite an excellent dish. deep fried pumpkin with pork floss was pretty good too. it’s a bit like variation of deep-fried egg plant with pork floss which i liked too.
#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures was very average though, not tasty enough. i was expecting a much better soup at chef chain’s since 1 of his 3 signatures (三绝) was a soup. the ah yat abalone seafood soup was way better
& most of tunglok & imperial treasures lie tong (例汤) would be better than this.
the #3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans was good. the flavours were excellent.
#4 the signature chef chain’s famous crispy roast chicken. the skin was crispy & chicken breast was moist & sweet (a test of whether chicken was good, quite a few restaurants turned out dry roast chicken).
the #5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf was also a tasty dish & had a lot of diced prawns etc.
my wife liked the #6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates served chilled. it was light, refreshing, not too sweet.
my friend brought an apple millecrepe from classic cakes. it was good. initially i felt it was not as smooth & creamy as the one at lady M. but actually with the apples, there was a bit more bulk & the combination tasted better, c/w with eating what felt like all cream.
looked like there were only 2 tables for this evening. our neighbour was a well dressed couple about our age & they joined in singing happy birthday. the husband quipped that the children were away & no one reminded him to buy cake. so we offered to rent him our cake for the photos..haha just kidding! :-)anyway we got the restaurant to serve them 2 slices of the millecrepe. the restaurant followed up with a longevity bun (寿桃) with a candle & my friend took the photos for them. very commendable service!:-)
overall, it was an enjoyable evening with my wife & close friends over a nice quite dinner & nice ambience. food was mostly above average, maybe not so refine as majestic & tunglok, and cheap & tasty as imperial treasure.