10 Feb 2013 • 96 reviews • 1 follower
Once in a while when we want to have a good meal Chinese style, we'd go to Dian Xiao Er and order their set meal. I like it that the price and number of dishes on their set menu is planned according to how many people there are, and I absolutely love almost all the dishes, from the soup to the fish, vegetables and of course their specialty duck. I also like that there's the healthy family set. It's no doubt why everytime we go to Dian Xiao Er, we order the family set. A suggestion - they should provide dessert at the end of the set meal! Makes the meal more complete.
I like their soups. I never fail to finish every drop. Nicely brewed. Their white rice, though something seemingly very simple, is also of superior quality. Impressive rice. The Baby Kailan with salted fish and lime was super appetising and opened up my appetite. The Kailan was cooked just right everytime I ate it, with the added crunch. I normally prefer Mongolian Spare Ribs to Dongpo Ribs. The Mongolian Spare ribs were marinated well, though a little spicy (absolutely bearable) and on the oily side. On to their famous roasted duck! Crisp skin, wonderful sauce, tender meat, and not oily! But sometimes their meat were cut into portions too small - and the portion for 4 may not necessarily be enough for big eaters!
Ambience wise... a little like eating in a village with their traditional setting (stools) with some mini calligraphy (though not the cutlery and utensils). Service was ok. But there was once when an auntie served us and kept emphasising that a glass of water costs 30 cents! I think she wanted us to order other drinks instead of plain water but we already said we wanted water. It was irritating to hear her repeat the price. Other than that, the others were mostly PRCs and they were generally ok.
Recommended for family lunches/dinners.