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Dian Xiao Er (Marina Square)

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Dian Xiao Er is a restaurant serving traditional Chinese cuisine. The restaurant's rustic ambiance serves to complement the house specialty.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:30 - 22:00

$26 based on 33 submissions
Dinner (13 votes), Lunch (11 votes), Children/Family (7 votes)
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Traditional, Homely, Chinese Comfort Food

Full Dian Xiao Er review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/09/dian-xiao-er.html


Since its founding in 2005, Dian Xiao Er has stayed true to its niche; providing rustic, tastefully prepared Chinese comfort food in a homely setting, at slightly above Zi Char pricing. And while it does feature Chinese style Zi Char dishes, the star highlights at Dian Xiao Er are its lovingly roasted ducks, served in a variety of flavourful herbal broths.

Ambience at Dian Xiao Er is styled after a traditional Imperial Chinese rest house / inn, complete with dark wooden furniture and flooring, normally packed quite closely together. Depending on which Dian Xiao Er outlet you visit, decor can range from farm house to stone cliff. Atmosphere is lively and bustling, yet not noisy as to disrupt conversation. I also like that Dian Xiao Er has a display of its roast duck hanging near the entrance.

Service at Dian Xiao Er seems to have actually improved over the last 5 years that I've visited. Order are taken and fulfilled quickly, and staff are polite, offering greetings upon entry / exit. Empty plates are cleared quickly, and staff are also efficient are topping up tea without being asked. Only drawback I note is that not all staff can converse in English, thus, Mandarin / Chinese is the preferred method of communication here.

Food at Dian Xiao Er is mainly focused on their signature roast duck in herbal broths, as well as double boiled soups Cantonese style, alongside a small selection of Chinese style Zi Char dishes. Potions are usually sufficient for 2 people to share, and pricing is slightly more expensive than a coffee shop Zi Char, but cheaper than a Chinese fine dining restaurant, averaging about SGD $25 - $40 per person.

Quality of food at Dian Xiao Er is very good, ingredients are fresh due to their high turnover, and dishes are well prepared. Plating and presentation is decent. Overall, a good place for a homely, comfort Chinese meal!

The signature Roast Duck With 10 Wonder Herbs (SGD $14.60 Small, SGD $27.30 Medium, SGD $46.60 Whole) features duck roasted to perfection, in a dark herbal gravy of 10 Chinese herbs which include condonopsis root, foxglove root, and licorice root. It supposedly has a calming effect, while relieving mental stress and revitalizing energy.

The duck meat is tender, moist, and yields easily, not an easy feat to achieve with duck! The duck skin retains a slightly crisp crunch, and a tinge of salty, savoury flavour. The gravy is yummy and drinkable, and while strong with the flavour of Chinese herbs, isn't overpowering or medicinal in taste. Excellent! Ask for it to be deboned for a more satisfiying meal!

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07 Sep 2014 • 324 reviews • 54 followers

Traditional, Homely, Chinese Comfort Food

Full Dian Xiao Er review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/09/dian-xiao-er.html


Since its founding in 2005, Dian Xiao Er has stayed true to its niche; providing rustic, tastefully prepared Chinese comfort food in a homely setting, at slightly above Zi Char pricing. And while it does feature Chinese style Zi Char dishes, the star highlights at Dian Xiao Er are its lovingly roasted ducks, served in a variety of flavourful herbal broths.

Ambience at Dian Xiao Er is styled after a traditional Imperial Chinese rest house / inn, complete with dark wooden furniture and flooring, normally packed quite closely together. Depending on which Dian Xiao Er outlet you visit, decor can range from farm house to stone cliff. Atmosphere is lively and bustling, yet not noisy as to disrupt conversation. I also like that Dian Xiao Er has a display of its roast duck hanging near the entrance.

Service at Dian Xiao Er seems to have actually improved over the last 5 years that I've visited. Order are taken and fulfilled quickly, and staff are polite, offering greetings upon entry / exit. Empty plates are cleared quickly, and staff are also efficient are topping up tea without being asked. Only drawback I note is that not all staff can converse in English, thus, Mandarin / Chinese is the preferred method of communication here.

Food at Dian Xiao Er is mainly focused on their signature roast duck in herbal broths, as well as double boiled soups Cantonese style, alongside a small selection of Chinese style Zi Char dishes. Potions are usually sufficient for 2 people to share, and pricing is slightly more expensive than a coffee shop Zi Char, but cheaper than a Chinese fine dining restaurant, averaging about SGD $25 - $40 per person.

Quality of food at Dian Xiao Er is very good, ingredients are fresh due to their high turnover, and dishes are well prepared. Plating and presentation is decent. Overall, a good place for a homely, comfort Chinese meal!

The signature Roast Duck With 10 Wonder Herbs (SGD $14.60 Small, SGD $27.30 Medium, SGD $46.60 Whole) features duck roasted to perfection, in a dark herbal gravy of 10 Chinese herbs which include condonopsis root, foxglove root, and licorice root. It supposedly has a calming effect, while relieving mental stress and revitalizing energy.

The duck meat is tender, moist, and yields easily, not an easy feat to achieve with duck! The duck skin retains a slightly crisp crunch, and a tinge of salty, savoury flavour. The gravy is yummy and drinkable, and while strong with the flavour of Chinese herbs, isn't overpowering or medicinal in taste. Excellent! Ask for it to be deboned for a more satisfiying meal!
10 Jul 2011 • 45 reviews • 3 followers

Favorite Eating Place

Dian Xiao Er is definitely the restaurant I frequent most. Visiting at least once every 2 months for the past 3 years since my gf love the herbal duck a lot. Honestly I feel that they should give me their membership since I visit so much. (Or perhaps the ministry of good boyfriends should give me a medal.)

Anyway, will review the most recent visit then.I took up their family set meal (for 2 pax) and top up to change a few items.

What I ate:

1) Steam rice

2) Top-up Angelica herbal duck to 10 wonder herbal duck

3) Baby Kai Lan

4) Chose mongolian spare ribs

5) Top-up 2 soup of the day to 1 Fish Maw with chicken (requested them to use chicken instead of crab cause of my allergies)

As usual, had a sumptuous meal. My gf even drank the last bit of the herbal duck sauce. She likes the herbal duck a lot...so much so that she volunteered the last few big pieces of mongolian spare ribs for me so that she can 'attack' the duck -_-!

Strongly recommend those who have not tried Dian Xiao Er to do so, the herbal duck, mongolian spare ribs, dong po meat, fish maw, fish slices and many other dishes are really good and must-try.

 

01 Oct 2010 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

The duck was good!

Celebrated my dad's birthday 2-3 weeks back. We had the set meal (which had 7-8 dishes I think), drinks and ordered extra bowls of rice; spent about $200 altogether. We liked the duck ALOT! Every other food was above average. We were quite pleased with the food there. The portion was good too. I wouldnt mind going back again!

16 Jul 2010 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Standard drop

Met up with friends at marina square yesterday. We reach around 7. No queue, table for 4 was available. My previous visit was around 6 months back. Had a good impression then.

We ordered executive set for 4. Price was 120+. Dishes include roasted duck (angelica herb), broccoli with scallops, steamed cod fish with soy sauce, baked prawns, sharks fin soup. Desert hashima with red dates and ginseng and some drinks.

The duck portion was much smaller as compared to previous visit and it did not taste as good also. The herb taste was bland and meat was not tender. 5/10

Broccoli with scallops was normal. 6/10

The steamed cod fish was the best dish. It was fresh and the sauce was good. 8/10

Baked prawns was average. Felt it was slightly overcooked as meat was tough. 5/10

There shark fin soup tasted more like fish maw soup and got abit of fishy smell. 4/10

Desert normal. 6/10

Service was prompt and in general polite. However the food disappoint. No discount on bill but was given $10 voucher.

21 Mar 2010 • 24 reviews • 0 follower

High standards maintained

Exemplary service. Great food. I'll definitely come back