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Lao Beijing (Novena Velocity)

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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)
Kwok Sandy

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.

Besides Xiaolongbao, I couldnt remember what else I tried there. So it's not too impressive. But still worth a try..
plastic which was found in my siew mai
28 Nov 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

high tea buffet

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. 
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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wrong recommended dish
18 Feb 2013 • 11 reviews • 0 follower

Food so so

let's cut the chase and go straight to the point.

1. First impression bad... Lady at the front door wasn't very polite and didn't answer my questions. Went in anyway because we wanted to have some peking duck. 

2. peking duck was not the real deal... Was expecting skin and meat to be separated but apparently not. Picture attached is supposingly 1/2 a duck... (unless they really have a small duck) Worst, the duck skin was not crispy at all...  By the way, it's 30 dollars before service charge and GST.

3. sour taste xiao long bao... Don't think a reputable store will serve food gone bad so i think it's the store's taste. But sour xiao long bao really taste funny. In addition, there was literally no soup inside and very much like a normal dumpling. 

4. Service was alrght for some staff but generally unpleasant. Had tried to enquire about a dish they took a really long time to no avail. Some staff were really rude... I think that's bad as it really affected the dining experience. 

5. Staff who don't know their products well. We had asked for the name of the dish shown outside the store only to told the wrong item. Thus ordered the wrong item.

6. Didn't feel like ordering more food from them as the 1st three dishes were so so only... Not fantastic about the taste, presentation or the ambiance of the store.

Small minor complaint
1. Had my baby with me and they didn't provide baby proof dishware. Not a family friendly place. Baby seat looked very wore out
beef tendon with chili oil appetiser
10 Apr 2012 • 236 reviews • 10 followers

typical

Went there at about 5.50pm and was turned away because dinner service doesn't start till 6pm. So went to do our own things before returning. Three quarter of the restaurant was occupied when we came back at around 6.10pm.

The appetiser price ranges between $4++ and $6++. So we had two dishes from there; sliced pork with garlic and beef tendon with chili oil. Both are cold dishes. For carbs, we ordered the chives, pork and shrimp dumplings (or san xian shui jiao). Then we had the lamb dish ($18++) which needed about 20 to 25 minutes to cook. Vegetable dishes were pricey (at about $12++), so didn't order any.

The sliced pork meat was lean and a little tough. Taste wise, it was mildly sweet and the garlic was quite subtle. The beef tendon were thinly sliced and it tasted like a thin jelly. Not very spicy. The lamb was cooked dry and had nice fried bits of garlic, spices and chopped greens. The meat was gamey but tender. I liked the simplicity of the dumplings. Tiny though, but tasty.

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