Red Star Restaurant (红星酒家)

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Asian, Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum
+65 65325266

Daily: 07:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 22:30

$21 based on 156 submissions
Children/Family (46 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (45 votes), Lunch (41 votes) ...

Red Star Restaurant is a middle-class restaurant started jointly by four top Singapore chefs in the 70′s. The philosophy of economical, value-for-money, and tasty food lives on in Red Star.


In Red Star Restaurant, you will find that nostalgic feeling of being in an authentic yum cha house, with the waitresses pushing the dim sum carts around the place, filling the place with vibrant vibes and whiffs of dim sum. Red Star Restaurant is definitely the place to go for authentic Cantonese cuisine at a good price.

What others are eating here

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Pig trotter in vinegar
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Century egg Porridge
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Tim sum various
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Roast pig skin
Dorian pudding and 龟苓膏
Dorian pudding and 龟苓膏

Latest Review for Red Star Restaurant

Overall RatingBased on 197 reviews
Most helpful review:

Food is okay, although service is not the best

Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 1
Total Reviews: 5

Some where great for breakfast/brunch/lunch. However don't expect great service. Would say their service isn't up to mark for anywhere.

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Egg tarts very disappointed

Food/Drink 3| Value 2| Ambience 3| Service 3
Total Review: 1

I see the reviews mention that the egg tarts is nice. But after I have tried it today, I am very disappointed. The custard is not crispy, I think is because less butter added to it and tasteless.
The suckling pig cost $18 exclude GST and service charge, very small portion. I am very disappointed too. It should b crispy, the meat tender and moist but is NOT!  

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Old feel HK style

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 2| Service 3
Total Reviews: 7

Place u wanna have real traditional Hong Kong style at a old building near to Chinatown area! Many locals visit this is the place! Like their beef stomach soup and HK style porridge ~ also like their Siew mai :)
Food ok not super super good! 

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More for an authentic dimsum experience

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 4| Service 3
Total Reviews: 181

And very frankly, I think Red Star needs no further introduction. When discussing where to head (off to) for dim sum, Red Star will always pop up.

Red Star does not accept reservation. So it will be good to come early cause some of their dishes run out by afternoon. Upon arrival, we immediately joined the queue which was on the immediate right after the entrance. Although the queue was long, it moved pretty fast and we were allocated a table within 20 minutes.

And because the restaurant was really busy on weekends, instead of waiting for the push carts to come to us, we were searching for the push carts that had the items we wanted. But a good thing about their order-card is that the dishes’ names were spelled out on it. So it allowed us to see the full range of dim sum offered, and one can always decide what new items to try too.

And from the push carts, we ordered:-

1) Ha-kau (虾饺), $4

2) Siew-mai (烧卖), $4

3) Fried prawn dumpling (明虾角), $4

4) Chicken feet (凤爪), $4

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11) Durian roll (榴莲卷), $4.20 – Again, one of the staff recommended this when we mistook her push cart as one with the rice rolls (肠粉). And when we decided to try one portion, the friendly auntie said “These run out very fast. I will save one more portion for you cause you will definitely come back for more.” And she was right. These were so good that we had to go back for more cause no one in the group of 6 (of us) wanted to share our roll. Ha! They were very generous with the durian fillings too.

12) Honey dew with seigo (蜜瓜西米露), $4.20

13) Logan almond beancurd (龙眼豆腐), $4.20

I won’t say the food was fantastic. It was pretty average with a few dishes that shone. Like the egg tarts, jin long ji (金龙鸡) and durian roll. But, I would recommend Red Star for the ambience.

Red Star must be one of the few restaurants which provide a nostalgic experience by transporting us to older days with its decor. Think carpeted floor with red velvet chairs. And in a way, my friends and I better appreciated our dim sum with us having to hunt down our food by searching for the correct push carts. Ha.

And if one plans to drive, do try to park at the level nearer to the restaurant (level 7) so that one could just take the staircase. It was a pain for us (who took public transport) waiting at ground level as there was only 1 small lift which was always packed.

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