Daily: 11:00 - 15:00
Daily: 18:00 - 22:00
Nested in a tranquil land of South China, away from the city’s hustle and bustle, Swatow is a prosperous and thriving city with its unique cultural background. The colorful and exciting way of life consists of opera, music, gongfu tea and certainly, food.
Swatow, renowned for its Teochew food, had its unique food culture derived from centuries of Cantonese food influences. Together with well known chefs from Singapore, Malaysia and HongKong, nothing can tingle your palate more than Swatow’s myriad of seafoood, vegetarian dishes, appetizers and desserts. To finish off with an extensive range of delicacies, Swatow Restaurant also brings you an array of delightful handmade dim sums.
Get a taste of Swatow and be swept away by a sense of poetic nostalgia.
Been to this place just once for a company celebratory dinner and was offered the chance to eat their best menu(probably as it was a company dinner). Sharks fin and other teochew dishes would make this place a lovely place for the older generation but maybe not so for the younger generation (like me) I heard that their morning Tim sum is better than their lunch and dinner menu from my associates so I am going to go with their word and recommend that as well because I was only mildly impressed by the food when I had my meal there. Not sure how much does it costs as it was foc for me but I heard that it can get pretty pricey especially for the dinner menu.
Today the family is coming here for the hi-tea buffet which costs $22.80++ for an adult and $16.80++ for a child. Although the family have made reservation for hi-tea buffet which usually occurs from 3pm to 5pm, we have a rude shock when the staff tells us the last order for the buffet is 3.30pm. It seems that there is an event tonight. The restaurant will be closing the buffet earlier in order to prepare for the event. I am annoyed that the staff should have called up to tell us about the problem so that we could come earlier. The buffet style here is quite different from outside.
There is no buffet counter or menu for one to look at. One just picks whatever one likes from the various push carts going around the dining room. Within a short time, the table is easily filled up.
Kueh Pie Tee, Shark's Fin Soup and Duck meat roll are part of the buffet, but is limited to one serving per customer. The kueh pie tee is not filled with the traditional vegetable filling. Instead it is filled with calamari salad. Interesting.
For the steamed dim sum, there is items such as xiao long bao, siew mai, bean curd roll, steamed pork ribs, crystal bun, chive dumplings, vegetable dumpling, seafood dumplings, chee cheong fan with assorted fillings and chicken feet.
The crystal bun has savoury rice filling in it. Tastes not bad.
For buns, there is cha siew bun (BBQ pork bun), pan fried pork bun, black sesame bun and everyone's favourite Liu Sha Bao (流沙包). The Liu Sha Bao (流沙包) is uniquely green in color, and the filling really flowing out easily. The black sesame filling in the black sesame bun is a bit too sweet for me.
For deep fried items, there is shrimp roll, shrimp dumplings, seafood balls, goyza, and fried durian shrimp roll. The fried durian shrimp roll is covered with deep fried noodle like crust, inside filled with rich and chunky filling. Although one cannot smell the durian in it, the taste is pretty strong in it and surprisely well with the juicy shrimp.
Besides these, there is also fried ee fu mee, century egg porridge, lotus leaf rice, chilled pork in jelly, chilled cheek in jelly, baked pork pastry, deep fried fish skin with salted egg and black sesame paste. The deep fried fish skin with salted egg sauce is quite nice with the mayonnaise, although I wish that the salted egg sauce could be thicker.
The black sesame paste is quite rich and flavourful. Too bad that is the only hot dessert available that day.
For cold desserts, there is ice jelly, almond jelly, herbal jelly and mango jelly. The herbal jelly tastes quite bitter. The ice jelly is quite refreshing with a hint of tea taste.
Went with my family yesterday (8 Sept 2015) and I was really horrified by their rude and crappy service. As it was our first time there, we didn't know the side plates on the table had to be reused and one of the staffs that was pushing a food trolley chided us. As if that wasn't enough, another staff that stopped by our table to serve us our dim sum dumped the leftover food we had earlier on MY plate (not kidding) just so she could use the side plate to put the dim sum. Also, it wasn't very busy at that point of time when my family and I patronized the restaurant but the staffs were so slow in making their rounds. The staff even forgotten to come back to us when there wasn't enough century egg porridge to go around. Overall, I find that they really need to step up on their service and also, the food wasn't really that satisfactory actually. The food they served was almost cold.