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Lao Beijing (Novena Velocity) (老北京食堂)

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Address: #02-11/12, Novena Velocity, 238 Thomson Road, 307683
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, Wine and Dine.

Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:30

Sat & Sun: 11:30 - 22:30

+65 63584466
$25 based on 48 submissions
Lunch (20 votes), Children/Family (18 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (17 votes)

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4.5

comfort food at a friendlier pricetag

I have always been an avid fan of anything baked. Thus, when my friends suggested to have our usual meet-up sessions at Lao Beijing Novena Square, I decided to have the baked fried rice with seafood served on lotus leaf $16. The other friend chose the spicy beef noodles. We also shared a basket of xiao long bao.

 

The food arrived in a jiffy, service was prompt and staffs were polite. Thumbs up for that! The baked rice was HUGE. The layer of cheese covering the top of it gave off a flavourful aroma. It was yummy with fresh prawns and scallops.

 

Had a sample of the spicy beef noodles. I like the texture of the noodles. But the broth is not very spicy, pretty mild.

 

The winner of the meal was the xiao long baos. Wrapped with thin skin, the meat filling was generous and the soup is really fragrant! Comparable to my other favourite XLB haunt Din Tai Fung’s.

 

Overall, I find their food worth the money. Would return again to try their hi-tea buffet.

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• 29 Dec 2013 • 21 reviews • 1 follower

High tea buffet.

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Besides Xiaolongbao, I couldnt remember what else I tried there. So it's not too impressive. But still worth a try..
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• 28 Nov 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

high tea buffet

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Overall, I didn't enjoy the dim sum. The noodles were served cold. The siew mai was made using sub-standard ingredients. I even spat out a piece of plastic which was embedded in the siew mai filling.  Staff attitude was so-so. After informing her about the plastic found in the siewmai, they promptly changed the batch of siewmai on the serving table. However, no apology was made for that error.  Don't think i will recommend the high tea buffet. The price is relatively affordable but the food does not live up to expectations. 
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  • plastic which was found in my siew mai
• 03 Nov 2013 • 43 reviews • 20 followers

Vegetarian Set Menu values quantity/variety over quality

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Overall: 6.3/10

Yet another non-vegetarian restaurant catering for vegetarians is Lao Beijing, a fairly casual, traditional Chinese restaurant that’s part of the TungLok group (which I’m partial to). Their Vegetarian Set Menu, priced at $28 per person, seemed like a steal considering it featured 6 dishes (without rice). I would recommend getting a bowl of rice to balance the savoury side dishes, even though I would not eat white rice under most circumstances. The review below is based on their spacious outlet at Novena Square, but the same set menu can be found at their Orchard Central and Plaza Singapura outlets. Aside from the soup and dessert, the serving sizes as depicted in the pictures below were based on serving sizes for 3 people. For my fellow vegans and vegans-to be, note that the vegetarian set menu was definitely egg-free and seemed to be dairy-free when I looked at the menu. But to be on the safe side, just tell the waiter or waitress that you want it to be dairy-free and he / she would notify the chef. Also note my point about the dessert, to follow. Vegetarian Set Menu The tasting menu began with the Cordyceps Flower and Bamboo Mushroom Soup, which was easily my favourite item on the menu. While it was a simple soup with few ingredients, the orange-golden cordyceps flowers and strips of net-like bamboo mushroom gave the soup a rich mushroom flavour and a pleasant chewy texture.

Next up, we had the Crispy-fried Mini Mushroom Coated with Spiced-Salt. These were bite-sized shitakes with a delightfully thin, crispy skin, but unfortunately they were fairly tasteless (even with the spiced salt) and could definitely use with a good marinade before frying.

The dishes that followed were much less interesting and seemed like they were inserted as a lacklustre effort to populate the menu. The Braised Beancurd in Claypot, with soft beancurd braised in vegetarian oyster sauce that was served on a bed of steamed Shanghai Green, was acceptable but generic.

The same could be said of the Sauteed Black Fungus with Lily Bulbs and Celery. The fungi and vegetables were stir-fried simply with little to no seasoning, but while I love letting the natural flavours of ingredients take centre-stage in a dish, the freshness, types and combination of these ingredients did not lend themselves well to such an approach. Aside from the mildly sweet and crunchy lily bulbs, this was a boring dish that was way too oily.

Following that, we had the Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, which had their thin skins stuffed with mixed green vegetables and just a bit of tofu.

Finally, the meal was rounded off with Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago for dessert. The cold, sweet mango soup went well with the tangy pomelo, chewy sago pearls and mango cubes.....



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