My family headed to Hua Ting last night for reunion dinner. We have made reservations at 730pm and arrived just in time after some traffic jam along Thomson road.
Everywhere also jam!
Our table was all ready and waiting for us when we arrived. We were seated by the windows facing the main entrance, which was really cool cos we could see all the cars and buses streaming in. The hotel was nicely decorated with Chinese New Year lanterns and drapes. Actually we quite liked the hotel interior.. A bit old school but bustling with activity. Don’t mind going there again!
I noticed something really nice in the restaurant which is that they got this work station in the middle of the restaurant where they will cut up the Peking duck.. And get the food ready before they serve the customers. It’s right in front of the tables so we could see what they were doing. I thought this was really nice – it’s a delight seeing staff at work handling our food with expertise and care!
The restaurant was full when we were there last night – they have a big private dining room where there were 3 tables inside, and maybe a couple more smaller private rooms – all full. But somehow we didn’t feel very cramped or disturbed cos it was nicely spreaded. I think my table was the noisiest with kids!
We took our order with this waitress who was busy but yet patient enough to recommend us the dishes. This restaurant actually is like any other Zhi Char restaurant where you can customize the dishes! So we ordered a steamed Soon Hock fish, stewed chicken with fungus, stir fried broccoli, 3 of their signature baked pork ribs and a plate of roast duck and roast pork.
To read full review and see pics, pls go to http://wendylimwendy.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/hua-ting-at-orchard-hotel-singapore/ cheers!
See my full review & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/11/04/huatings-sg50-6-course-lunch-on-3nov2015/
a good younger friend wanted to buy lunch on 3.11.2015.
i wanted to try the huating 华厅 SG50 6-course lunch (not shy la..haha!) so suggested the place. ^^
i have not been to huating maybe >10yrs? not sure.
used to come here when i was having the ala carte card which gives 50% discounts for 2pax. liked the braised goose especially but that was like for a very short window & never had that since.
so we mostly had braised duck & also the lobster noodles. but like i was telling my friend, lobster noodles now we can have it anywhere, & 2 of the best for me are tunglok signature & xin cuisine. :-)
we had a vegetarian goose starter.
first course was the mushroom fritters & seafood salad.
mushroom fritters were good, crispy batter & tasty mushrooms.
prawns & scallops salad was competent.
overall not a particularly fine starter, but i guess a good restaurant standard, competent.
second course was sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤.
this soup is not my favourite. still i remembered it was a rather tasty soup here eons ago. well, dishes change & tastebuds change too.
i felt it was a bit below par for a huating standard restaurant.
even the colour & look were much better.
i always like sea perch. the taste & texture is like cod. this one sat on an emarld tofu with minced pork sauce.
photo looks ok, and overall the taste of both the sea perch & the minced pork tofu were good too.
it was a good restaurant standard. we both thought that the combination was not the best matching – a quite robust minced pork tofu competing with a sea perch.
c/w min jiang’s steamed sea perch, simple & dignified, somehow huating’s version look a bit like food from past decades.
the lamb rack was ok. meat was tender, sauce was a bit overpowering. there was a bit of gamey taste which the sauce helped mask.
i would say very competent dish. a bit of tacky decorations?
prawn noodles? for me that was really quite below par.
so would any at tunglok signature & xin cuisine.
dessert was a mango pudding with fruits.
overall, it was a very enjoyable lunch, catching up with my friend about his business & family.
food was pretty good i supposed considering it’s a S$50pax 6-course set with sea perch & lamb, but really far below the expectations i had for a restaurant like huating. so either the restaurant standard has fallen far behind or they are not giving representative dishes for the set (which defeats the purpose of having a promo).