Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 22:30
Chin Lee Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant located on Bedok North Road.
I was there yesterday (30 May 12). We had a nice dinner, enjoyed the Jia Xiang tofu, coffee ribs, hei chor and the rice. But one aspect was negative. That's why I wanted to make a comment for the management to note. A waitress with curly hair, with make-up, 40+, four-foot-nine, served us. She wasn't like the others who are generally pleasant. In a loud voice she announced that the dishes were in small portions and asked if we were sure we'd only order five dishes (for five people). When talking to us, she didn't even deign to look at us. So sad to see a weak link. Because Chin Lee has good food since the days when they were serving omelette and fish soup.
We had dinner at this familiar Teochew restaurant @ Bedok one Sunday evening.
Homemade Teochew Prawn Ball - The heh zhor was pretty nice; Deep fried till crisp on the outside with nice crunchy bits on the inside (probably from the chestnut) sans the excessive fat meat. Accompanied with a mildly sweet plum sauce.
Stir Fried Broccoli with Prawns - Competently executed, the broccoli wasn't overcooked and sported a nice garlicky stir fry whilst the prawns were reasonably sized and crunchy.
Teochew Braised Duck - Thickly sliced and trickling with runny but flavourful gravy, the braised duck was tender with a nice roughness to it and flavourful. Served on a bed of sliced, relatively silky beancurd. Nice!
Beancurd with Shimeiji Mushroom - Smooth, savoury beancurd topped with minced pork and Shimeiji mushrooms. What's not to like? I could just have this with rice!
Teochew Yam Paste with Pumpkin - Ending off our satisfying meal was the orh nee, which I make it a point to order at every Teochew restaurant, regardless of how stuffed I may be. And Chin Lee's rendition is still one of the best in my humble opinion. Wonderfully smooth and fragrant without coming across as cloyingly sweet even though it seemed to be sitting in a pool of syrup. I had seconds, naturally.
Prices seem to have crept up a little but still remain relatively reasonable at about $90 for 4pax. Food quality is definitely a few notches above average and service is decent, considering the amount of part timers they hire. Reservations are highly recommended unless you don't mind dining early (530pm).
See all my pictures here.
Celebrated a birthday recently. Service from the senior staff taking reservation and order is deplorable. Misc charges also on the high side. will not return again after repeated poor service, though food is ok