The Prive Group - known for restaurants such as The Green Door and Roadhouse in Dempsey and nightclub Bang Bang at Pan Pacific Singapore - diversifies into Chinese cuisine, with the newly opened Empress at the relaunched Asian Civilisations Museum.
The cuisine at Empress focuses on roast meats such as char siew (from $18), crackling roast pork (from $18), fire-roasted suckling pig ($48 or $248, whole), and Peking duck ($38, half; $68, whole).
Appetisers include crispy eggplant and pork floss (from $10), deep-fried tofu with salted egg yolk (from $10) and wok-charred broccoli and broccolini salad ($16).
Seafood options include wild-caught lobster ($58) cooked "Singapore chilli crab style" or with superior broth; XO chilli Hokkaido scallops (from $32) and crispy-battered cod with ginger flower glaze ($18 a person).
Meat items include flaming Iberico pork (from $32), seared Angus beef tenderloin cubes in black pepper sauce (from $32) and "Peking sauce" pulled pork (from $28).
Dim sum is available for lunch and the selection includes crispy butter-baked shredded duck buns ($5.80 for three pieces), steamed seafood and spinach dumplings ($6.80 for three pieces) and crispy bacon and prawn vermicelli rolls ($6.80 for three pieces).
The dessert menu features cempedak creme brulee ($13 a person); peanut-coated black sesame mochi balls with black sesame sponge and black sesame ice cream ($12 a person) and jasmine tea poached pear with cheng tng ice, longan, red dates, and black sago pearls ($12).
Set lunch (from $18) and set dinner menus (from $88) are also available.
The restaurant's Empress Bar will open by the middle of next month.
Where: 01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place
Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6238-8733 or go to www.empress.com.sg
2 GAO PENG CUISINE
Gao Ji Food, which started out with popular yong tau foo brand Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee, has opened a restaurant.
The 70-seat Chinese restaurant is helmed by executive chef Paul Peh, formerly of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel and restaurant chain Peach Garden.
Dim sum selections include South Pacific steamed dim sum platter ($4.80, left), with a pumpkin and dried scallop dumpling, lychee chicken dumpling with dried bonito flakes and crispy duck roll with cucumber and hoi sin sauce ($4.80).
For dinner, items include steamed Dover sole fillet with green ginger sauce ($20), crispy scallops and enoki mushroom with mango salsa sauce ($24.80), Kurobuta pork with lotus root in black peppr sauce ($26.80) and mushroom tofu with vegetables ($13.80).
Complete the meal with desserts such as an East-West fusion of crispy Maltesers with custard ($4.50) and chilled cantaloupe with lychee and lime sorbet ($4.50).
Where: 02-12/13/14 White Sands Shopping Mall, 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6385-4901
3 THE QUAY KITCHEN AND BAR
Enjoy quayside dining at the two-month-old Quay Kitchen and Bar, which serves Western cuisine as well as tapas.
Dishes at the 80-seat restaurant include 86 Burger ($20) with Angus beef and served with fries; kale salad ($12) with avocado, corn and shawarma chicken; crunchy baby squid ($10) and jambalaya ($24), which comes with prawns, chicken, piquillo peppers and onions.
Other items include salmon ($20) with spinach, aligot potato and lemongrass sauce; bacon pizza ($16); crispy spicy wings ($10); pork and mushroom wontons with soy ginger dip ($8) and chicken sandwich ($16, left).
Brunch items (8am to 3pm) include Beni ($12), with two poached eggs, jamon, salad and rye toast; gruyere cheese omelette and portobello mushroom ($12) and waffles with Nutella ice cream ($8).
Where: 86 Robertson Quay, 01-02
Open: 5 to 11pm (Tuesday to Friday), 8am to 11pm (weekend), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6734-7241 or go to www.thequaykitchen.com
4 PORTICO PRIME
The big brother outlet of Portico restaurant in Alexandra Road has opened in Dempsey, taking over the space vacated by Prime Society.
The 118-seat restaurant is headed by Portico's executive chef Nixon Low, who continues to serve a European-inspired menu using locally sourced ingredients.
For example, fish such as sea bass, golden snapper and barramundi are from Tiberias Harvest, a family-owned farm off Pulau Ubin.
Menu items include duo of beef carpaccio and tartare ($28); chilled truffle-scented angel hair pasta ($28); wagyu beef Bolognese fusilli ($33) and Ultimate Truffle Fries ($56).
To celebrate the restaurant's opening, diners get a complimentary bottle of house wine with a minimum order of four sets of the Signature Tasting Menu ($78++ a set, until Dec 31).
The choice of main course includes pan-seared Pulau Ubin barramundi (left), locally farmed chicken done two ways (confit and roulade with foie gras) and Tochigi prefecture wagyu (additional $40).
Where: 10 Dempsey Road, 01-20
Open: 11.30am to 3pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 5 to 10.30pm (Tuesday to Friday), 5 to 11.30pm (weekend), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6474-7427 or go to portico.sg
Treat yourself to Japanese cakes and pastries at the second Chateraise outlet at the newly revamped Isetan Scotts supermarket. The first outlet is located at Isetan Jurong East's supermarket in Westgate mall.
The sweet treats are imported from Japan. They are made using water from Mount Fuji and do not contain additives.
Items range from $1.70 for mochi cream cakes to $5.10 for speciality sliced cakes. Highlights include souffle cheese cake ($3.90), baked cheese cake ($3.90), Happy Little Bear ($4.70, left) and azuki bean and cream pancake ($1.90).
As part of its opening celebrations, spend $10 or more today and get a gift.
Where: Isetan Scotts supermarket, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road
Open: 10am to 9pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to 9.30pm (Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday)
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