Morsels of Delice •
09 Sep 2014 • 51 reviews • 1 follower
Many years ago, I had dined at Jiang Nan Chun once and was so unimpressed with the food that I wrote a bad review about the place and stopped going to there anymore. However, when I revisited this restaurant recently, due to the change of chef, things had improved remarkably. In fact, after the first recent visit, I went back two more times (though the experience of the one during CNY is not as stellar, more on this later).
As I had always said, I appreciate creativity or twist in dishes without compromising on the essence of the cuisine (meaning that Chinese food should still taste distinctively Chinese) and the new chef had pulled this off very well. I absolutely love the cod fish pastry which is moist and packed with a multitude of flavours, complemented by the flaky buttery puff dough—definitely one of the dim sum that cannot be found anywhere else. The one with foie gras is good also, but not as good as the cod fish one, and I cannot taste the foie gras at all. The steamed dim sum are decent also due to the use of fresh ingredients, though I was so impressed with the cod fish pastry that I do not have much memory about the other dishes (Will update when back there again).
However, as with all Chinese restaurants, even the best, Jiang Nan Chun also faced a drop in the standard of food and service during CNY period. The cod fish pastry is not available and the foie gras pastry that came out onto our table looked to be in a sorry state—no puff, too brown, not as wholesome in taste. The service seemed to be still suffering from the hectic workload from the initial CNY days, being less friendly than usual (but is still pretty good, being responsive and polite, and is definitely better than those of a lot of other Chinese restaurants).
My advice for those who only want to try out a Chinese restaurant: Try not to go during CNY period until after the 15th day (where all the original line-up of dishes will be back). The restaurants during this period are more suitable for gatherings and not for benchmarking of the standard.
The place speaks volumes about the theme of opulence—dark detailed woodwork and heavy curtains. One of the great choices to impress others.
Look forward to going back.
For photos, visit my blog at http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/jiang-nan-chun-opulent.html