It’s been a week and I still can’t get over on how impressive the dishes at Shang Palace were. Not only was their food memorable, the ambiance and top-notch service were deeply ingrained into my memory. I can safely say that Shang Palace is one of the best Chinese restaurant I’ve tried so far for the past two years.
Situated within Shangri-la Hotel Singapore, Shang Palace offers high-end and carefully-curated Chinese cuisine, bound to tantalise your taste buds. Prices are a tad steep over here but you really pay for what you get. And for the quality you are getting, it’s worth every single penny you spend!
The restaurant is also nicely decorated with a strong oriental vibe. I felt surreal walking into the restaurant because the whole atmosphere just feels like a Chinese movie scene. You should totally check out this place for a seriously good Chinese feast. If you are looking for a place to celebrate an elderly’s birthday or even to meet an important client, I can’t think of a better place than Shang Palace. Before I forget, you can also book a reservation with Shang Palace via the Quandoo app, www.quandoo.sg. It’s easy and very convenient!
You will be greeted with a tea (in the shot glass) to cleanse your palette first! It was a little sour, meant to open up your appetite as well. I also try their Herbal Longan Brewed Tea which was perfect to combat against my heatiness!
Shang Palace’s Deluxe Appetiser Trio
The appetiser set the standard very high. It comes with 1) Barbecued Pork Loin glazed with Honey Sauce, 2) Pan-fried Fresh Abalone with Superior Soy Sauce and 3) Sautéed Fresh Milk & Egg White with Alaska Crab served in a Golden Cup. Out of these 3, the Char-Siew stood out the most for me. The top layer has a slight burnt crisp, followed with a tender and juicy inner layer. It was well-coated with honey sauce and it was also not overly sweet. This is highly recommended! Pan-fried fresh abalone was flavourful, chewy and goes very well with the crispy rice cracker. Great combination. The sautéed fresh milk and egg white with Alaska crab was not too bad but it would have been better if the milk and egg flavour wasn’t that overpowering. Other than that, it was a fantastic start to my meal!
Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw & Dentrobium Orchid
This comforting bowl of goodness was rich and flavourful. Chicken was soft, tender and juicy (absorb the flavour from the soup). Fish maw was well-cooked, not too tough. I’m all energetic after downing this soup.
Braised Sea Cucumber stuffed with Shrimp Paste & Foie Gras in Abalone Sauce
I’m not a fan of sea cucumber (dislikes anything that is too chewy) but I was amazed I was alright with this. The shrimp paste and foie gras were a good combination that I totally forgot I was actually eating sea cucumber. The fried onions a good complement to the dish as well. Pour all the superior abalone sauce for maximum pleasure!
Sautéed Star Garoupa Fillet with Hairy Crab Sauce & Deep Fried Garoupa Belly with Salt & Pepper
The garoupa fillet was well-cooked to achieve a soft and melty texture. I fell in love with the sauce. This was another highlight of my meal at Shang Palace. Teach me how to achieve this please?
Wok-fried French Quail Fillet with White Pepper & Lemon Grass
This Quail Fillet had a subtle chargrilled flavour which lingers in the mouth. It was very tender and juicy. Finished it in no time!
Shang Palace Three Treasure Treats
Ending the hearty meal with the best Chinese desserts I’ve had for a long time. The mango sago was refreshing and addictive. The sesame roll was light, fragrant and not overly sweet. The red bean paste ball (snail) was well-fried, not too oily and it was just delicious. I’m simply amazed at how well-executed and well-presented the dessert was! A must-try!
Like what I mentioned earlier, Shang Palace has a strong oriental vibe, and it feels like a movie scene. So, book your reservation via the Quandoo app, www.quandoo.sg.
Nearest Mrt Station: Orchard
Location: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
What To Order: Everything
Restaurant Rating: 4.5/5
Food Ratings: 9/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)