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Address: #06-00, Novotel Clarke Quay, 177A River Valley Road, 179031

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19 May 2013

Value for money dim sum with 50% off promotion

I have to applaud the efficiency of the restaurant as they serve up food really fast! I barely munched 2 peanuts before the first item from our order was delivered.

From the dim sum menu, the Century Egg Congee ($5) was thinner than what I expected for a congee, but what it lacked in texture was made up by its taste. The congee was sweetened by the generous portions of ingredients like chicken shreds, fried wanton skins and of course chopped century egg.

The Char-Siew Buns ($4.20) are considerably good as well. The dough skin is cottony soft.

If there's a must try item, it would be the steamed rice rolls. The rice roll skin is silky smooth and simply slips down the throat yet it is still firm enough to be lifted with chopsticks. The shrimps in the Shrimp Rice Rolls ($5.20) were fresh, pink and bouncy. As for the Char Siew rice rolls ($4.80), they were delicious with the sweet, salty hoisin sauce and bits of barbequed pork between the rice roll sheets.

Dragon Phoenix Restaurant is definitely in my list of the restaurants that I would visit again for good quality dim sum at value-for-money prices. The restaurant offers 50% off the dim sum menu for lunch.

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$55 for 3 pax
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Regrettable experience for 2014 CNY family dinner

Went down to Dragon Phoenix Restaurant for CNY family dinner 3 nights before CNY, because the last 2 nights were already fully booked. We ordered the CNY set meal for 6 ($318++ but ended up close to $400) even though we had 7 people, which included:

1. Original Yusheng
2. Shark fin soup
3. Spring chicken
4. Poached live prawns
5. Deep-fried fish
6. Noodles
7. Red bean soup

Slightly turned off by how the waiter prepared the Yusheng, which made the dish appear unappetizing. Extremely little fish given. Too much salt and pepper for the average human.

Shark fin Soup:
No observable quality ingredients. Extra protein because I found an ant here, but perhaps suggests that kitchen is not very clean. Taste-wise probably below average.

Spring chicken:
They called it "Tong-Zi-Ji" in Chinese, which means a young male virgin chicken. Indeed it probably hasn't gone through puberty, considering the size of this given chicken.

Poached live prawns:
Size of those prawns were really quite small for restaurant standards.

Deep-fried fish:
Not much edible meat on this fish.

Noodles and red bean soup:
Nothing to complain, nothing to commend.

The existence of this restaurant is a pure miracle. Expensive, small portions, poor taste. Not going back again.

Good Dim Sum~

Located on the side of the walkway leading to the swimming pool, this restaurant was on the 6th storey of Novotel Hotel at Clarke Quay.

Came here for Dim Sum lunch with my friend today. It has been more than 10 years since I last visited here in 2000 when one of my suppliers brought me here for lunch. The restaurant serves ala carte dim sum from 10.30am to 2.30pm (not the buffet style and each item is charged at different prices).

Upon arriving, we were ushered to our seats as we have made an advance reservation. The ambience of the restaurant was almost similar to that 10 years ago except that with more paintings and works of calligraphy being hang on the wall and playing sentimental music, typical chinese restaurant setting.

Since only the 2 of us and I am going back home for dinner, so we decided not to order a lot but just focus on those we like and of course will not overeat. There were 22 items on the dim sum menu. Generally, I must say that the dishes we ordered were good with some that were even considered as "excellent".

Among those we ordered, we like the Har Kow (Prawn Dumpling) and Chee Cheong Fun with Prawn best. The prawns were fresh and skin were think and unlike others with a thick skin. They were steamed perfectly and just tasted great. The sauce of the chee cheong fun was good too, blending well with it and not salty. The imperfection of this was that there was no "appropriate" chee cheong fun chilli (something like the sambal balacan chilli) that came along with it. Even though they provided another version of chilli sauce (like those of bottle ones), it didn't go well with it. If sambal chilli was provided, it would be heavenly.

The mini egg tart was lovely and cute and tasted well, not too sweet or blend. My friend commented that it the egg tarts came with a little "charred" (burnt), it would be much better as it would be more fragrance but I supposed for healthy reason, all the egg tarts were nicely baked and no char part was seen. Haha!

The deep fried prawn dumpling and custard buns were quite good too. They were deep fried appropriately and tasty nice. Carrot cake was ok though this time round, there were some parts being "over-fried". The Fu Pi Juan was a bit bland and they provided a black sauce but we didn't what was it but definitely not soy sauce or vinegar according to our tastebuds. Perhaps it was fish sauce?

The century egg minced pork porridge was nice, smooth (cooked to the way I like the porridge - rice not too watery or too solid). However, we overheard the next table commenting that their bowls of porridge was way too salty. Being very sensitive to saltiness, I didn't feel our porridge was salty (as also we didn't feel thirsty thereafter if the food was salty or carried too much MSG).

Overll, the good was good and we enjoyed them.

As for the service, generally ok as the serving crew were mostly middle aged aunties with 1 or 2 younger servers. They were polite and smileful though their speed of serving was a bit slow. On 2 occasions they forgot our request (asking for mayonnaise from one auntie and when we asked for it with another younger server, she could not understand what mayonnaise was and we told her "dan wang jiang" (the chinese name of mayonnaise which she also could not understand. then she said "was it salad cream?" and we smiled and nodded). Another time was when we have finished our tea, our teapot was not refilled on time, as it took quite a while. And when we left the restaurant, even though there were staff whom we met as we walked out and manager at the counter on the side of the entrance, they did not greet us or bid us "good bye" or "thanks for coming". Perhaps they were busy or "day dreaming". Other than these, service level was overall satisfactory.

Value for money? Ok, with the promotions on. However, we were told by the servers that the promotions will be ending on 31 Aug and based on the pricelist, it may not be that "good value for money" then. (besides this, every person is charged $2 for the chinese tea and $2 for the steamed peanuts which we don't eat but chargeable. If they serve us prickled cucumber or raddish, it might be better).

Also if they can add on 1 or 2 more desserts in the dim sum menu, that would be great too.

In conclusion, quite a nostalgic place to have dim sum with quite good quality. Hope to come back here again and look forward to the future promotions.


50% Dim Sum- Worth going!

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The main impetus to going to 龙凤 was because dim sum is 50% during lunch  (even during weekends), which is really a steal. Apparently, it was one of the best dim sum places four decades ago.

The egg tarts were mini and the crust was flaky. We wanted to order a second portion, only to realise that our stomachs weren't as expandable as we thought they were.

The chee cheong fun's skin was slightly too thick, but the prawns were fresh and large.I quite liked the sweet char siew su, with the crispy outer layer. Loved the banana prawn fritters! The sweetness of the banana complimented the saltiness of the prawns. Oh, coupled with that deep fried goodness.

Besdies this, we also had congee, 咸水角,叉烧包,烧卖,凤爪,虾角,小笼包,carrot cake and deep fried prawn dumpling. By the way, you've been warned. It's a consensus that the carrot cake isn't that great.

Where else can you eat such a copious amount of food and get away with paying this amount of money?


Dim Sum Lunch

Knowing that there was a 50% discount on Dim Sum, we headed down for lunch. Not making reservations beforehand, we called them and the reply was that the place was crowded and needed to wait till 2pm before getting place (maybe due to Deepavali holiday). No choice so we spent some time walking Liang Court first.

Trying to see if there were seats available earlier, we headed up to the restaurant and try our luck. We were lucky so we went in. The restaurant was not as crowded as what the receptionist said earlier. Given a sheet of paper of the dim sum choices, a glance at it showed that there were not many choices (around 22).

We then ordered the usual suspects of dim sum. Also available with the sheet of paper was a small booklet of set menus and a big booklet of ala carte dishes. A glance through them revealed that prices were not cheap so we left them alone.

The dishes were average and not that memorable (maybe except the mini egg tarts & the ginger juice milk custard) so I won't go into them. Well, since it is 50% off dim sum, just give it a try to see the quality yourself. Honestly, I won't go back there in the near future but if I go back, it has to be the 50% discount and nothing else.