540 Macpherson Road, 368223
Asian, Chinese, Teochew
+65 67445009

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 22:00

$30 based on 49 submissions
Dinner (13 votes), Children/Family (10 votes), Lunch (8 votes) ...

Swa Garden Restaurant has an impressive history of serving authentic Teochew cuisine for decades and continues to churn out dishes the old school way with the freshest ingredients.

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Spice Crayfish
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Latest Review for Swa Garden Restaurant

Overall RatingBased on 24 reviews
Most helpful review:

Good Food and Good Place

Total Review: 1

I brought my mother who is early 80 for dinner and she really love it. The food and place recall her some past good memory when my father was around. Very traditional Teochew food and the staffs are friend too.

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Too much MSG in food, unpleasent eatting experience

Food/Drink 1| Value 2| Ambience 3| Service 5
Total Reviews: 5

Had dinner at this place last week.
Their customer service was stellar standards however,  food was utterly disppointing.  After eatting the first two dishes which contains much msg( monosodium glutamate) it caused swelling and unpleasent stomach aches.  I really hope someone would check on how much MGS they are actually putting in their food.   I will never patronise this place again.

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Fantastic Teochew Food Place with Vintage Charm

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

Imagine chinese lace curtains with vintage round banquet tables, with Teresa Teng's classic hits playing in the background; It's like stepping into the past, once you get past the hustle and bustle of the main road and into the restaurant. The staff are extremely friendly, many who could recognize the regulars by name!

The food here is really authentic, and you could ask the staff to recommend you some dishes if you are not sure what to have. I tried their signature kuay teow, a wonderful blend of the simplest ingredients (rice noodles & preserved chai por) and it tasted heavenly.

I would also recommend the fish maw broth if you are a seafood fan. We had a great time there, the food was served by very attentive staff that often smiled and asked if you needed a tea refill. The Or-Ni (yam paste dessert) is out of this world too - Smooth, creamy, and faultless. Super yummy! :)

We would definitely revisit it (it's like our 3rd or 4th time there) and would recommend anyone who's looking to get some authentic teochew fare at reasonable prices. Do make a reservation before going down, as we saw that the tables were all fully booked when we were there on a sunday.

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Good Teochew Dinner

Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 376

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many friends were away. we had a smaller group of 9 for the monthly dinner at swa garden on 28.11.2013. i had wanted to come to this place the longest time but never got to it. had the impression it was expensive but looking at set menus (the one for S$268 looked ok & the more pricy ones included suckling pig), price looked ok.

the friend who organised for this evening pre-order 9 ala carte dishes. we started with the cold crab, it was good. perhaps no difference from other teochew restaurants like chui huay lim, but good.

the braised duck was good too, “pang” ie flavourful & not tough or overcooked/fibrous. it said “goose”on paper but they readily admitted it was duck (a 半菜 duck).

the scallop with yellow chives was good, scallops plump & tasty.

& i liked the pot with pig tendon & fish maw, tasty & well done dish, though 1 friend thought the helping was not large enough for 9pax. i thought it was quite ok.

the mullet was a wet steamed version which i very seldom had..usually i took the air dried cold version at some bakuteh stalls like lao ah ti @ boon keng. i liked this version. the chye sim salted vegetables were nice & it was easier to pick up the fish meat c/w the dry version but both version had their own attractiveness. 

the crayfish was a competent dish, tasty. i still preferred the ah orh style though as i felt the sauce masked the sweetness & flavour of the crayfish.

the prawn balls & ngoh hiang was another average, ok dish.

teochew plain fried char kuay teow was good, had wok hae, though not my favourite. i liked chui huay lim’s seafood beehoon better.

the orh nee was very average, not “pang”. the ones we had recently at much cheaper muliangzai liang kee was better.

overall we had 9 dishes for 9pax costing $297nett=S$33pax. perhaps slightly more expensive c/w with the S$268 10pax set menu (above). price was ok, the food was average to above average. i was not overly impressed but it is a place i would come again for fairly good quality food at ok prices.  

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