Some friends are visiting us this week in Singapore, so we wanted to have some good Chinese cuisine. We went to Cherry Garden in Mandarin Oriental to try out their dim sum buffet. Their buffet is available on weekends with 2 time slots - one at 11AM and the other at 1:30 PM.
The dim sum ala carte buffet is worth SGD 48.00 per person. Apart from the free flowing dim sum, the meal also comes with one order each of soup, appetizer, rice, noodle, and dessert. I must warn you that you should come with some patience and restraint -- it takes them a while to serve each dish, so be cautious about over-ordering in between dishes!
For the appetizer, we had the Wasabi-Aioli Prawns. Apologies I forgot the exact name! It was quite good -- reminded me of my favorite hot prawn salad from Chinese restaurants back in Manila.
We ordered the Hot & Sour soup as well. This was my least favorite of everything we ordered. The soup was way too sour. If I were to do this again, I'd skip the soup altogether.
|Hot & Sour Soup|
For the meat course, we had the Honey Glazed Kurobuta Pork Char Siew. I liked this as the pork was very juicy. The flavor though was quite typical for char siew, so nothing spectacular.
|Honey Glazed Kurobuta Pork Char Siew|
And then came our order of dim sum, dim sum, and even more dim sum! They had 20 selections for the buffet so it was so hard to choose from the list. We ended up over-ordering. We had the Pork Xiao Long Bao, Shark's Fin Dumpling, Prawn Dumpling, Pork and Mushroom Siew Mai, Radish Cake in XO sauce, Kurobuta Char Siew in Fluffy Bao, Netted Crispy Rice with Prawn & Mango, and Pork Ribs.
I must say that I was very happy with each dim sum dish, but what stood out from the heaps of order were the Shark's Fin Dumpling, Xiao Long Bao, and the Netted Crispy Rice with Prawn & Mango. These were definitely our faves and ended up ordering seconds for these dishes.
|Shark's Fin Dumpling -- Favorite #1|
|Pork Xiao Long Bao - Favorite #2|
|Pork and Mushroom Siew Mai|
|Netted Crispy Rice with Prawn & Mango - Favorite #3|
|Radish cake in XO sauce|
|Kurobuta Char Siew in Fluffy Bao|
Apart from the dim sum and the appetizers, we were also served fried rice, noodles, and dessert. Honestly I could not appreciate them anymore since I was too full from the dim sum!! The dessert looked very pretty though. It was a Mango Sago that came with lemon sorbet and was served in dry ice. It was refreshing after all the savory dishes we had.
|Mango Sago with Lemon Sorbet|
As I write this blog, I am still extremely full from everything we ordered. This was money well spent, but as I mentioned earlier, I need to practice a bit more restraint in ordering next time I come here! So I suggest you come for a leisurely lunch and do come with a hefty appetite.
5 Raffles Avenue
Level 5 Mandarin Oriental
Tel #: 68853538