Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Last order at 9:30pm
Designed to resemble an old Chinese teahouse, this restaurant serves northern Chinese cuisine, including noodles and dumplings. It has been named one of Singapore's top restaurants by Singapore Tatler and Wine & Dine. Highlights of the menu include Peking duck, Beijing-style sweet and sour fish, xiao long bao, guo tie and dan dan noodles.
We are celebrating my grandfather 80th birthday and we need a private room for it. Since Lao Beijing is able to accommodate to our request, hence we decided to give it a try. We ordered set Menu D. There are also other set menus available.
The service is quite good as we have our own personal waitress to serve 2 tables. The dishes are also served quite fast and we didn't have to wait for very long. Overall, the dishes are quite nice and I would recommend for family celebration with elderly as the taste suits them well.
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The waiting time for xiao long bao was about half an hour for us, the buffet diners while the table beside us was ordering a la carte so their waiting time is only 10 mins. If you are looking forward to enjoying a satisfying serving of xiao long bao, dont waste your time waiting at this restaraunt.
The ambience was not too bad. It had the ambience which matches the northern cruisine dishes. However the quality of the food was not up to standard. They use sub-standard ingredients to make their food. However if you are going for their ala carte menu then that's fine.
The waitress attitude was terrible and dishonest when she tried to substantiate for the lack of availability of xiao long baos
This place has changed so much since my last visit about a year ago.
Although advertised as a buffet, they seem to have a very little amount of Xiao Long Bao available before they 'run out of stock'. At slightly after 4pm, they start telling customers that they have ran out of Xiao Long Bao/pork. The restaurant was only 1/4 full, and every table had only about 2-3 baskets of serving of 4 Xiao Long Bao.
Makes you wonder how they can continue with business for dinner after the high tea is over.
Each table is 'limited' to 2-3 baskets of 4 Xiao Long Bao throughtout the 2 hours of high tea. Even if you order 10 baskets at 3pm when the buffet begins, you will order be served 2-3 by 5pm when the buffet ends.
Of course, they won't tell you it's rationed.
Excuses range from not enough chef/kitchen helpers, ran out of pork, ran out of Xiao Long Bao, they only MAKE (before steaming) the Xiao Long Bao upon customer orders and that's why it takes more than an hour to serve, they can only do batch steaming, if served 10 baskets then won't taste nice when cold etc..... anything to disguise the fact that it's rationed.
Tell them that you prefer Xiao Long Bao that have cooled down..... and 10 baskets of dumplings is enough to steam as a batch...... that will catch them off-guard.
Try ordering many baskets of Xiao Long Bao at one go to keep yourself amused/frustrated by their excuses. Every waitresses/captains/managers have different stories to tell.....
In our opinion, their Xiao Long Bao are the only item worth eating for the high tea buffet.
Don't be conned. IT"S NOT A BUFFET. The relevant authorities should look into this.
Don't be fooled by dishonest business practices.