Full of Luck Club @ 243 Holland Ave

From the same team behind the Award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant comes a refreshing new concept which seeks to serve classic Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary and progressive touch. Located at the heart of Holland Village, this convivial modern Cantonese kitchen aims to reach out to the younger generation through its creative interpretation of food and elements of fortune, luck and prosperity as the design of the 97-seater pays tribute to its name- Full of Luck Club.

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While the first floor of the restaurant has a open kitchen where diners can catch the skilful chefs in action, the second floor is a tad more cosy and private- great for business lunches and dinners or that intimate family gathering. Diners will also be pleasantly surprised to see a 2-metre tall Fortune Cat greeting them at the top of the stairway which connects both levels.  It is these little charms that the owners have injected around Full of Luck Club, with the belief that luck and happiness will come for all who dine here.

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Moving onto the food, we highly recommend the Crispy Aromatic Duck $35 half/ $70 whole, served like a Peking Duck, with a steamer basket of Chinese pancakes, spring onions, cucumber slides and Hoisin sauce for the dipping on the side. The duck itself is prepared confit-style, with the option of shredding it for added convenience. I personally thought the meat, when eaten with the skin was nicely fatty and juicy. Good sharing plate for that group dinner.

Full of Luck Club also has a Bao Bar window concept which offers steamed or fried baos for takeaway or dining in. From the savoury options, we tried the Panko-crusted Portobello Bao $6 per piece and $9.80 for two and Braised Pork Belly Bao. While the former had the sweetness of the grilled slice of pineapple to balance out the earthiness and crunchiness of the portobello, the latter with its rich and mouthwatering textures all locked into the slow braised till beautifully tender meat, was what won my heart. The bits of bird’s eye chilli in this one also added a whole new dimension of shiokness which was undeniably good.

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For a sweet alternative, the Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream Bao is also on the menu. With its toasted marshmallows, chocolate chips and honeycomb ice-cream stacked in between two sweetened buns, we dare say that one bite of this will be sure to send you on a sugar high. Not advisable for the older folks.

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Next, we had Golden Sand Corn with Salted Egg Yolk $4.80 which was delightfully crunchy and enjoyably addictive. Never knew that corn could be prepared this way and although the salted egg flavour could admittedly be more pronounced, it is hard to deny that this was a moreish snack. Eat it by the spoonful for full satisfaction.

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While the truffle element was probably supposed to be the highlight of the Moonlight Truffle Beef Hor Fun $20, we all thought that the dish held its own well even without the truffle. The Hor Fun had a nice wok-hei, beef slices were tender and gravy was full-bodied. Nothing to complain about except perhaps that price tag which could be pegged a tad lower.

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One of my personal favourites that evening was this Poached Wontons in Chilli Soy $7.20. The skin that was used to wrap the succulent fresh prawn, was silky smooth and adequately thin. Drenched in a concoction of chilli oil, soy sauce and fried onions, the wontons lapped up all that sauce and made for a great side dish.

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The Braised Spinach Beancurd $16 too was done well with its blocks of thick beancurd bathed in a thick savory sauce of mushrooms and dried scallops for the umami touch. Special mention to that thin crisp exterior which broke to reveal a firm smooth eggy-like custard interior. A great example of a Cantonese classic done well here at Full of Luck Club. This would be the one to order if you are dining with purists.

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Overall, Full of Luck Club is an interesting new entry into the dining scene. The food is unmistakably good and quality on point. It is most certainly the more fun-loving and casual sister of Li Bai. Just be mindful that portions can be quite small and the price point on the high side. Its postal code should be self-explanatory. Nonetheless, I am sure this restaurant will definitely meet its aim of appealing to the younger working crowd especially with its Asian-inspired cocktails and craft beers to compliment the Cantonese delights served here.

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243 Holland Ave
Singapore 278977
Tel: +65 62086845

Opening hrs:
Sun-Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 1am

Singapore

One Response to Full of Luck Club @ 243 Holland Ave

  1. anna says:

    I absolutely adore your blog! what a wonderful way to live life. you are inspiring me

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