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Char siew at its best at month-old Grand Mandarin restaurant

Grand Mandarin serves decent fish and chicken but its roasts are worth returning for

Published on Jun 22, 2014 5:19 PM

Yet another Chinese restaurant which does not belong to any of the big groups such as Crystal Jade or Imperial Treasure has opened - the third in the past six months or so, after Tao Seafood Restaurant in Asia Square and Royal Pavilion in Park Regis Hotel.

Grand Mandarin, which opened in New Bridge Road about a month ago, is a welcome addition to the list. Occupying two floors of a small building near Outram MRT station in Bukit Pasoh Road, it targets both up- and mid-market diners.

You can easily spend hundreds of dollars if you order the shark's fin or abalone dishes, or even thousands if you order the pricey empurau fish.

The empurau, which you cannot miss as it is featured on tent cards on the tables and in a looping video on a row of TV screens on the wall, is a river fish from Sarawak which is prized for its sweetness. Its Chinese name is wang bu liao, which translates to "unforgettable".

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325 New Bridge Road 01/02-00, tel: 6222-3355

Open: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.30 - 10pm daily

Food: ****

Service: ***

Ambience: ***

Price: Budget from $60 a person, more for live seafood


Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork Loin ($15)

The fat in the succulent meat gives it flavour which goes really well with the honey glaze.