Located at MBA tower 2 lobby, it a beautiful Chinese restaurant served Cantonese, Hunan and Si Chuan cuisine. The restaurant served dim sum and a la carte dishes. I order two dim sum and few la carte. The "Xiao long bao" and prawns dumpling. Xiao Long Bao is filled with hot pipping juicy stock wrapped with think layer of dumpling skin whereas the prawns dumpling is fresh and crunchy. I also ordered Sauteed beef tenderloin cube with black pepper and red white sauce is both aromatic and tasty. Beef texture is tender and juicy. Last I order seafood fried rice. The rice is not oily and diced seafood is fresh. For dessert I order the eight treasure yam pudding - Jin Shan Signature dessert which is perfect to pamper my sweet tooth
My family and I decided to dine there as my daughter was having her staycation at the hotel. We chose this as we were with elderlies and we thought Chinese restauramt would be most appropriate for old folks. We had chosen the Mother's day Special set menu, and out of the 3 options we had chosen the second tier $138++ per person. First course was the properity buns which were really tiny but we did not complain as it was really soft and fluffy. My elderly mother who has very aprticular tastebud said she could eat a few by herself for breakfast. Never in my wildest dreams, my nightmare began here. The next on the list was the platter. It took more than 20 minutes to come. My husband was really angry but he calmly asked the male manager what was happening. Not only he did not apologize, he was very defensive and said, "No! Because of this one!" pointing at the deep fried crab claw. Then he went on to say, "if you want we send the food altogether now" we were really hungry so we said ok. Then the food came without giving time for us to even eat. There was no space on the table. Once, the food was placed and as we picked up the piece usng chopstick, the plate was cleared for the next course. The staff and the manager are really on the verge of being rude, where they talk to the customers as if we are the biggest sinners. Second last course was noodles which came in a big pot, and they asked if we wanted it to be distributed in 6 portions. We said yes and then it came back 5 portions. All the waitress could say was "没有了,全部分完了." Not a word of sorry. Final straw came, when the waitress refilled our glasses meant for Sprite with cold water, diluting our sprite. Then we were slapped with a bill of $1001. One thing to compliment about would be the quality of food. I must admit that most of the courses were quite tasty. But it still didn't justify the lousiest service I had ever experienced in a Chinese restaurant located in a premium and iconic hotel. They really need to step up on their service, but we are definitely sticking with the buffet restaurant next door for now, maybe for long.
It wasn't even cooked by the master chef. And the carrot cake was the best I've ever tasted. I can still taste it. Also there's this dimsum with char siew inside(not sure what it is called). Apparently they make all the sauces and flavoring from scratch, hence very different from other restaurants that uses processed ones.
Had chosen this restaurant as wifey wanted to go MBS. She was quite excited when she open up the menu and saw that the celeb chef was the one she told me she wanted to have a try. Overall food experience is best to be above average going by the price. The biggest let down was the service staff. They appears like everyone owes them money or owes them a living with their blackest face I ever come across with my dinning experience till date. With the increasing number of good restaurant available in Singapore, they will have to work very hard especially, they are situated in MBS. Sorry pal, I will never come back at least for now
Was itching to try out somewhere new for dim sum instead of the usual favourites thus settled for Jin Shan Restaurant (金山楼) at Marina Bay Sands one late Saturday morning.
Located within the confines of the hotel (not the shopping mall), Jin Shan sat on an elevated platform on the ground floor. Natural sunlight peered through the huge glass panels that lined the side, making for a comfortable and cheery atmosphere. Unfortunately this also meant that some tables were subjected to more sunlight than others.
Abalone Pork Dumpling - We started off with the abalone siew mai, which was a joke, seriously. The siew mai itself was decent without encapsulating too much fatty meat but the abalone had a very raw taste that spoilt the whole dish. Gross.
Jin Shan Signature Rice Rolls - The signature cheong fun was actually a combination of scallop, BBQ pork and deep fried beancurd skin rice rolls. The fillings were decent but the rice rolls were too thick for my liking and lacked the silkiness of good cheong fun.
Steamed Custard Buns - Rich custard oozed out when we broke into the buns but sadly, the custard was just sweet without the saltiness and rough texture of egg yolk which would have made this dish great.
Deep Fried Prawn with Mango - This dish was a little interesting although not exactly in a good way. The prawns and mango bits were
BBQ Combination - I think a good yardstick of any dim sum place is its roasted/BBQ meats (烧腊) and as pretty as our BBQ combination (roasted pork & soya sauce chicken) looked, it didn't quite match up. For starters, even though the roasted pork's skin was crisp, it wasn't evenly roasted (as evident from the different hues of brown on the skin) and a tad overly salty. The soya sauce chicken fared slightly better with tender meat and a spot of sweetness.
Bird's Nest Egg Tart - Flaky but sans the buttery goodness that I would normally associate with tarts. The custard was mildly sweet whilst the strands of birds nest offered a nice gelatin texture to the mix. Decent but no great shakes.
BBQ Pork Puff - One of my favourite dim sum dishes, Jin Shan's rendition of the BBQ pork puff was average at best and nowhere near my personal favourite at Yan Ting. The pastry was too thick and as with the egg tarts, lacked the buttery, oven baked goodness that I personally like. And I could only make out the taste of the pork floss atop as the char siew filling was rather bland.
With a 10% discount, the 4 of us chalked up a bill of about $180, which is quite a bit higher than what I usually pay at Wah Lok. Food quality was average at best and service was definitely below that of a restaurant in a 5 star hotel. Read. Grouchy at times and unhelpful to say the least. The only thing going for the restaurant is its bright, cheery ambience. Will I go back? Definitely not!
See my entire review and pictures here.