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Remembering Orchard Lei Garden

Published on Jul 2, 2014 1:21 PM
The entrance of Lei Garden at Orchard -- PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES

Chinese restaurant Lei Garden at Orchard Shopping Centre closed on Monday, after 25 years in business.

Lei Garden has been part of the local food scene for many years. The Orchard branch opened in 1989, after the first Lei Garden restaurant opened in Singapore in 1987 at the now-defunct Boulevard Hotel on Orchard Boulevard.

The restaurant served Cantonese roasts, such as char siew and crispy skin roast pork, as well as more decadent fare like abalone and lobster. The chain's remaining branch in Singapore, Chijmes Lei Garden Restaurant, is at Victoria Street.

The restaurant chain was founded by the Lei Garden Restaurant Group's chief executive officer Chan Shu Kit and opened its first restaurant in 1973 in Hong Kong. Besides Singapore, it also has restaurants in China and Macau.

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