See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/05/28/a-relaxing-birthday-dinner-at-tunglok-signature-central-on-27may2015/
last evening, we had a birthday dinner for another close friend at tunglok signature @ central on 27.5.2015. ^^
we can see from the photos that the presentation & colours of the 2 dishes at tunglok were better. taste-wise they were close – the roast pork烧肉 about same, the salted egg prawns maybe tunglok a tad better.
we had the deep-fried cod fillet that seemed to be salted egg flavoured also. it was a well executed dish, somewhat oily. not really a preferred preparation for me.
the same dentist friend & mei mei had a birthday dinner for me in 2013 here at this same tunglok outlet. we had star garoupa fillet with broccoli & lily bulbs & that was very good. of course for me, steamed fish is the best. haha!^^
we had the elegant 三层楼, which is a tunglok long standing dish of fried bean curd on spinach & shimeji mushrooms.
there was a newer dish of charcoal tofu with lily bulbs 百合.
both tofu dishes were very nice!
next was a string beans with egg plant. just mildly spicy (if any at all) & quite nicely done.
another dish was a bit unusual combination, some squash with japanese edamame & slightly sweet sauce. can’t figure out this dish.
as it was a birthday, the restaurant provided complimentary longevity buns 流沙寿桃.
they were presented together with our own birthday cake, and handwritten “calligraphy” by a talented restaurant manager. haha!
the message changes according to occasions, so the guy must have a whole bookcase of them. haha!^
Enticed by the AMEX 1 for 1 set menu at Tung Lok and the prospect of catching up, a couple of us met up for dinner at The Central's Signatures (TLS for short) outlet for dinner one evening. I've actually never been a fan of Tung Lok as I've yet to experience really good food at any of their outlets, including their much touted Humble House.
Located on the 2nd floor of The Central and immaculately done up to exude an air of oriental poshness, Tung Lok Signatures stands out from the crowd of eateries that crowd the area. Tables are spaced at a relatively comfortable distance and full length windows allow a great view of Clarke Quay and the Singapore river.
Flame Traditional-style Boiled Shark’s Fin Soup with Chicken - Gimmicky flames aside (due to the lighting of wax at the side of the bowl), I thought that the broth was excellent - flavourful yet light on the palate. Fin portions were reasonably substantial with bits of chicken to balance out the texture.
Pan-fried French Foie Gras with Crispy Beancurd Skin served on Pancake - Playing on the concept of Peking Duck, TLS's take on the pan fried foie gras involved serving the foie gras (with a layer of peking duck sauce on top) together with a crackling piece of beancurd skin and wrapped over using a rectangular piece of thick crepe. I honestly thought that it was an interesting concept but I did find the foie gras way too gamy for my liking. And that honestly killed this dish for me.
Steamed Soon Hock Belly with Minced Ginger - The soon hock was fresh but a little lacking in natural sweetness. One other gripe too. Being the belly, it had tons of bones which made it a pain to consume.
Crispy Kurobuta Pork Cartilage in Chili Sauce served with Deep-fried Bun - This dish seemed promisingly at the onset but didn't quite dazzle. The pork cartilage was coated with flour, deep fried and drenched in chilli sauce that was similar to chilli crab gravy, just a lot less spicy. The meat was tender but somehow I couldn't get past my psychological barrier to stomach the gelatinous cartilage. I liked the deep fried bun though.
Braised Japanese Handmade Noodles with Lobster Meat and Vegetable - Alongside the shark's fin soup, this was probably the best dish of the evening. Springy and robust noodles with minimal portions of lobster meat and a nice, savoury gravy. And of course, the obligatory 2 stalks of vegetables.
Chilled Grapefruit Shaven Ice topped with Ice-cream served in Pomelo - I was hoping for a sweet ending to my meal. But what I got was a cold, bitter dessert, which pretty much sums up how we felt at the end of the meal. But to be fair to the grapefruit, I'm just not a fan.
With the AMEX 1 for 1 promotion, 6 of us clocked in at almost $352 for dinner. Service was good but food left much to be desired. Even with the promotion, I'm not sure I would want to fork out almost $60 a head for food of such quality and portions. And with this meal, I have officially closed the chapter on Tung Lok, never to return.
See all my pictures here.
Not many restaurant has duck tongue, other than I knew one in Singapore in many years ago. This Tung Lok group is another one I got to know that second/third place to serve duck tongue. I was very elated about it.
Other than that, the dishes were very nicely cooked and tasted. Especially being a Cantonese, the cuisine really suit it all.
Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/04/tung-lok-signatures-central.html
Tung Lok Signatures is my favourite restaurant under the Tung Lok empire. Their food is refined and elegant, usually with a uniquely modern twist to the traditional classics. Plus, the view of the night-time Singapore river is very romantic.
1) Fried Beansprouts ($20) with jellyfish, cuttlefish, red and green capsicum would have been good if not for the addition of julienned ginger
2) Braised Pork Belly with Salted Fish ($20). This was robust and heady, with thick black oyster goo accented by spicy dried red chillis
3) Steamed Chicken ($20) wasn't what we expected, though it was a nice surprise. Chicken chunks were tender, smooth and moist, with red dates lending a nuanced sweetness
4) Deep Fried Silver Bait with Seven Spices ($7) fragrant, crispy
5) Braised Fish Maw Bisque ($14), with sliced mushrooms, freshly shredded crabmeat in a thick seafood-based bisque, was so yummy that although I only ordered a portion of it for myself, the rest promptly ordered one for themselves too
6) Poached Seasonal Vegetables with Three Kinds of Eggs ($18) nicely delicate
7) Poached Seasonal Vegetables with Three Kinds of Eggs ($18) was nicely delicate
8) Braised Star Garoupa served in Hot Stone Pot ($38), with beancurd skin and shimeiji mushrooms, was fresh but terribly tiny in portion
9) Braised Homemade Beancurd with Wild Fungus and Conpoy Crisps ($20) was amazingly smooth and soft
10) Hokkien Fried Rice with Conpoy and Dried Seafood ($22)unexpectedly brilliant. Copious amounts of luscious brown gravy was slathered over the rice dish.
The value for me is alright because i got safra and have $50 discount, but the food there really worth the price as i have their set menu, their shark fins is really very very nice.
The ambience is good as you know their is just a Singapore river right in front of where you eat. Try their balcony dinner as it is very romantic when it's in the night. But it's rather hot outside if their is no wind.
As for their service i can say 10% of service charge is not enough as they have super good service. Will sure go back to eat again. I strongly recommend this place although the price is quite ex.
We decided to go to Tung Lok Signatures at The Central for our New Years dinner.
It was a lesson well learnt. That is, never to go to Tung Lok less you are prepared for avid sales people posing as service staff and random bugs trooping around your table.
It was very nearly a harrowing experience if not for the array of excellent desserts.
So there, that is the one good thing i have to say about Tung Lok.
Now for the harsh reality.
The waitress who took our order was overwhelming, loud, rude, abrasive and did nothing but SELL her promotional dishes. VERY ANNOYING. everything we wanted she countered loudly with a promotional order of some kind. This was done in a loud and abrasive manner cutting us off mid speech. Not impressed.
The food was so damn mediocre it was not even funny. Even worse was the so called 'fantastic' rib that she recommended - it was SO fatty there was scarcely anything to eat after one cut out all the fatty bits (to save from immediate heart failure or certain death from cholestrol).
And then there was the complete ignorance of fine dining service on their part. Food was rushed out with no proper chain of order or even logic. Think vegetables randomly arriving mid starter!? We had to ask them to slow down and even turned away our mains just so we could finish our starters and our soups. To make things worst, the imbecile of a woman left all our mains sitting out in plain sight. What a nightmare. She eventually took it in only for it to be served a while later (possibly spat on and microwaved) sigh.
To make things worse, I found a bug crawling around the table - the waitress picked it off laughing and joked that it was there as a friend. I almost gagged.
I have no issues with paying for a premium price for premium food, but not when its mediocre, of poor quality, and even worse service.