Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00
Sun & PH: 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sun & PH: 18:30 - 22:30
Renowned for its authentic Cantonese cuisine, savour impressive signature dishes and delicate handcrafted dim sum creations created especially by Hong Kong Master Chef Kwan Yiu Kan and complemented by warm personalised service in an elegant setting.
Man Fu Yuan’s beautifully-appointed rooms offer an elegant setting for business and family gatherings as well as other celebrations. The 172-seat restaurant features a signature private dining suite with a grand round dining table which comfortably seats up to 30 guests; and a number of smaller, more intimate private and semi-private rooms, for between 2 to 10 guests.
Another 5-star Canton cuisine restaurant in town IMO. Food here is comparable to any top restaurants you can think of in Singapore but what I like about this place is their emphasis on tea to go with your food. I also like the ambiance here i.e. bright and simple, giving diners a cozy feel. Service staffs are also very friendly and attentive here.
Reservation was made for a weekday dinner as soon as I managed to convince a friend to be as crazy as me to try the steamboat. Ha. And the thing about InterContinental Hotel is that all incoming calls were settled by the tele-department. Instead of re-directing my call to the restaurant, the tele-operator took down all information to my reservation before getting the restaurant to call me for confirmation. To which, the restaurant called me within 2 hours.
During the tele-conversation with the restaurant staff, he basically repeated the details of my reservation. And I highlighted to him of our dietary restriction which was no beef. The staff then went on to mention there were 2 beef dishes; beef slices and beef balls. And over the phone, we confirmed to change the beef balls to scallops. As for the beef slices, the staff mentioned we could be given more pork slices or have it replaced with something else. I expressed my interest to have the beef slices changed to something that’s not already on the menu.
Man Fu Yuan is very accessible. It’s linked from Bugis MRT station via Bugis Junction. And upon arrival, the staff at the restaurant reception easily identified my reservation. He went “steamboat?” as soon as I mentioned my name. Hmm…
We were then led to a room where we would be having our steamboat in. Ahhh… Private room. Personal butler. Premium ingredients. Total privacy. Absolute VIP treatment.
And from the menu, we started our dinner with:-
1) Drunken kampong chicken soup base – Upon seated, the waiting staff who was appointed to assist us with our steamboat for the night began with stir frying the seasoned chicken in the pot, before going on to flambé the dish. And with that, she continued to make the broth. We were given a bowl to taste the original flavour of the broth before the other ingredients went in. Soup was rich and fragrant. Yum.
2) Drunken kampong chicken – The chicken was put aside for us to eat. I liked that the chicken breast wasn’t dry. A sign that we were in good hands; Our food was neither undercooked nor overcooked.
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: Part2
It was an experience to steamboat without having to cook. Which can be a good thing cause more than often when one steamboat, one would find oneself busy cooking. With this, the time used to ensuring there’s a constant supply of cooked food can be used to catch up with friends, etc. Although having someone to do the cooking meant taking away the fun of steamboat-ing.
It was also a little restrictive to have a stranger in the room cause my friend and I couldn’t talk freely. So it was nice when our waiting staff would step out of the room in between cooking the dishes to give us our privacy.
So is Man Fu Yuan steamboat for everyone? Definitely not. But if one decides to come… For the VIP treatment and quality of food served? It certainly justified the $180 spent.
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One can’t help but feel cheery upon stepping into InterContinental’s Man Fu Yuan. Unlike most Chinese restaurants decked in dark woods, reds and golds, Man Fu Yuan has romantic yet nostalgic interiors of Peranakan louvered windows shutters, butterfly chandeliers, oriental lattices in light woods and velvet lavender seats. One of the more chic Chinese restaurants, I must say.
Even the fine tableware matches the restaurant’s theme! Now, onto the food. We welcomed the amuse bouche, refreshing Drunken Chicken atop Winter Melon marinated in Orange Juice, with much enthusiasm as we were starving and it took quite awhile for the dim sum to be served as they are only cooked upon order.
Minced Pork Dumpling with Scallops ($6.80/3 pcs). Siew Mai alone is oooo, with scallop, I’d be all ahhhh…Man Fu Yuan also aced the Traditional Prawn Dumpling ($6.80/3 pcs) , which was delectable. Crunchy, juicy prawns bundled up in thin, semi-translucent skin. So, so difficult to resist!
The Honey-glazed Pork Buns ($5.20/3 pcs) scored points for its on-the-spot-sweetness and chunky, tender meat, while the our tongues revelled in the smooth texture of Rice Roll with Fresh Prawns and Yellow Chives ($8.80).
The ooze game is strong in the Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun ($12/6 pcs). Thumbs up for its fluffy exterior and rich salted egg yolk flavour. Just when you thought that life can’t get any better, Man Fu Yuan raises the bar further with a deep fried rendition! The Deep-fried Salted Egg Custard Bun ($12/6 pcs) is undeniable decadent but, worth every calorie!
Bean Curd Skin Roll with Shrimps ($6.80/3 pcs) didn’t make a memorable impression but was overall alright. The Radish Cake with Preserved Meat ($5.20/ pcs) fared better. The smooth and soft radish cake was generously studded with Chinese Sausage which added textural variation, as well as punches of savoury flavour.
Don’t miss the lusciously smooth congee, which is available with a variety of ingredients-Fish($8), Minced Pork with Century Egg ($8), Seafood ($12) and Bird Nest with Dried Scallops($32).
At the end of the meal, the staff served complimentary mini glasses of Sour Plum Juice, which did a great job of cleansing our palates.
At Man Fu Yuan, you can feel a lot of attention does into every item to offer, plus, their ingredients, execution and service is top-notch. One note to keep in mind though-because the items are freshly cooked, do try to order everything you want at the start of the meal. We ordered the radish cake halfway through our lunch and had to wait 30 minutes for it to be served.
For those who like buffets, Man Fu Yuan offers a la carte Dim Sum Buffet Brunch on weekends at $58++ per adult and $28++ per child.