Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 22:30
This successful chain of Cantonese restaurants focuses on serving exquisitely prepared traditional dishes in an elegant setting. The dim sum and roast meat selections are popular, and it's known for good service too.
Anyway, heard that Peach Gardens was awesome, so decided to give it a shot, since the flagship branch is near our place. To quote from its website, simply apt, "a culinary sanctuary where connoisseurs of traditional Cantonese cuisine can gather in celebration of exquisite dining and fine living". While waiting, we were served a platter of Prawn Crackers - the Chinese equivalanet of Amuse Bouche aka bread basket one gets before the meals were served. We started off with some light dimsum items like Custard Buns - warm, sweet custard oozing out of smooth buns. Loved them. The Crab-Roe Siew Mai were fresh and scrumptious as well, with tender minced pork within the yellow silken dumpling skins. Our Peking Duck Wrapped in Crepes came next. I especially loved this dish because of the crispiness of the delicious duck skin within, coupled with the soft, sweet, slightly-sandy texture of the crepe skins .. the blend is just amazing. For more detailed information and photos, do pop by: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/01/lunch-at-peach-gardens-novena-gardens.html
See my full reviews & photos here = http://chefquak.com/2013/08/23/great-value-alacarte-buffet-dinner-peach-garden-novena-on-20aug2013/
for this evening, we picked peach garden novena for our group dinner on 20.8.2013. they had this $32.80 ala carte buffet, with 1 free for 3 paying. we had 16pax + 1 who ordered vegetarian ala carte, so we had 4pax free. there was a S$30 corkage/bottle so we ordered a S$65 bottle of white wine & had 3 other bottles corkage-free. we thought the food was quite good & much exceeded our expectations of a ala carte buffet. the total bill including 1 bottle of white wine came to $38pax. jolly good! for me, the fish skin was a nothing dish, can skip. :-) the roast pork (烧肉) was good with a mustard dip (but usual). so was the deep-fried eggplant with meat (not sure pork of chicken) floss. the vegetarian goose was i thought rather good in texture & taste – crisp & tasty! there were like 7 soups for the picking. most had the milky sharksfin in sharks bone cartilage soup, fishmaw with sea whelk soup (above) or sharksfin with crabmeat soup. we also had a tofu dish – ok crispy but otherwise average. the kong ba (梅菜扣肉) was very good. the venison was the usual artificial bicarbonate tenderised meat version – ok but not my kind of dish. the kurobuta was tasteless & forgettable – very odd really, as kurobuta is usually very marbled & tasty & not difficult to do. we had both the deep-fried soon hock & the pating fish. the few good teochews loved the pating & especially the belly. i thought it really odd that they served a 1/4 pating fish, and it looked like a 600g & NOT a 1kg pating. never seen it served that way before, so what they do with the tail portion? anyhow the fish was excellent..i could eat another portion myself! the soon hock was a bit more mundane, a good competent version. some liked this better as pating, a fresh water fish, had more of a “mud” taste, though not by much. the wasabi prawn was well executed & excellent dish, nicely lightly deep-fried & not too much wasabi mayo (the last time a friend bought dinner here, it was coated in thick green paste, probably by a trainee!) but this dish had become pedestrian being served in every restaurant from majestic to tung lok, paradise, crystal jade, imperial treasure etc. the 3 egg (egg, salted egg, century egg) spinach (“hoing chye”) was another competent dish, good accompaniment after all the meat! for carbo, the char kuay teow was tops! very good wok hae & tasty. the ee-fu noodles were forgettable (& forgotten!) some of us had all 5 desserts. the 杨枝甘露, a popular dessert, was the only one not worth taking here. i had the pulut hitam with coconut ice cream which was very good & the jelly which was nice & refreshing. :-) the almond tau huay (beancurd) & the sea coconut were ok too. the evening was memorable & i really liked the food, so maybe start thinking about going back…haha
Decided to have dinner at peach garden on V day with much anticipation. The server was very prompt to clear the plates off as if they are rushing for the next seating, constant harassment to clear our unfinished food. They don't even wait for you to finish the item before serving the next dish. In the midst of dinner, I was looking for the napkin to wipe the stain off my bag then I realized we weren't given napkin, only serviettes. This is inconsistent across the tables. Maybe it's their way to discriminate high and low spenders. We spent $288 for two persons! We don't deserve this! Anyway this is the 88++/pax set dinner and 1/4 of a suckling pig $70++ . Everything is fine dining serving portion meaning tiny but unrefined service! 1- lo hei Nice and refreshing 2- fish maw soup Tasty and rich 3 - 五头鲍鱼 ( 5 head abalone) Half the size of regular can abalone but similar texture 4- fish cutlet Fatty fried fish with sauce and unpleasant taste 5- fried noodle One mouthful only 6- nian gao ( rice cake) 2x slices, same standard as those bought in market 7- 汤圆 ( rice ball) Overly sweet base and dull rice ball Overall, it's overpriced food, and they have high overhead which obviously show their unproductiveness with many just idling around or two person doing 1 person job.
Went there sometime during CNY period where they served set-menu for CNY. There are some special items which is qaite unique which I cannot remember the name of the dishes. Anyway, we have a room to ourself and the manager would come in after every 3 dishes to enquire how are we getting on and to find out any feedback on the dishes. Good to try it as some of the dishes are quite unique and value for money.