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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.

Crystal Jade Prestige’s Signature Weekend Brunch

Pamper your daddy this Father’s Day by treating him to an indulgent and sumptuous weekend brunch at the Crystal Jade Group’s newest luxurious concept- Crystal Jade Prestige. Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s central business district at Marina Bay Financial Centre, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is the ideal location to savour and enjoy the decadent Chinese delicacies with loved ones and friends.

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For every weekend from 1 May to 26 June between 11:30am to 3pm, diners can customise their very own brunch menu by choosing 10 items from 5 different categories, namely appetisers, dim sum, BBQ meat selection, soups, wok-fried dishes and desserts.

From the Dim Sum section, we picked 5 that piqued our interest most. The first was this Steamed Dumpling with Shrimp & Black Garlic, which was a nod to the classic Har Gow or Steamed Shrimp Dumpling. Topped with a slice of black garlic to intensify the sweetness of the shrimp, this charmed with its presentation and that flavoursome profile.

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Next to arrive was the Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling topped with Caviar, a fancy version of the well-loved Siew Mai. Hard to fault when you have plump meat pouches complimented by large firm beads of salty-sweet earthiness that added a dimension of richness to the overall dish.

Jiang-Nan Chun @ Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

The award-winning Jiang-Nan Chun at level 2 of Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has finally reopened its doors after almost a year of renovations. Illustrating its new concept of “享乐主义” – which means the principle of enjoyment and happiness, the signature Chinese restaurant promotes the pursuit of culinary pleasure with intimate attention to the finest of details such as ambiance and service, elevated by curated wine and tea pairings.

Accessory touches such as subtle story-telling through the background music and deliberate furnishing of the interiors, and interactive engagement with the service team further enhances this holistic “享乐” paradise experience.

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Jiang-Nan Chun is one of the rare places in Singapore that roasts its Peking Duck in a mesquite-wood-fired oven instead of regular apple or lychee wood. The wood in this specialised oven burns at a higher temperature so as to increase the smokey flavour yet retain the succulence of the meat that underlies a layer of superbly thin and crisp skin, which crackles on your first bite. The duck too undergoes 14 hours of marination and preparatory work before it is roasted- almost 6 more hours then the usual methods of cooking Peking Duck.

Signature Jiang-Nan Chun Peking Duck $98

KEK (Keng Eng Kee) @ 200 Pandan Gardens

Keng Eng Kee (KEK) is fast becoming a brand for tze char. Mention those 3 words and people will automatically associate it with authentic local delights served in the modest food centre at Bukit Merah. Fast forward to more than 30 years later, since its foray into our hawker culinary scene, the third generation of KEK has now introduced a modern dining experience as they cater to the younger crowd with their newest outlet at Pandan Gardens.

Serving up an assortment of traditional and mod “c” dishes on their menu, KEK offers novel creations such as Chilli Soft Shell Spaghetti and Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg, and classic mainstays of Coffee Pork Ribs and Salted Egg Crab which have been brought over from their flagship stall. Prices range from $6-$30 with no added service charge.

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I brought my family down on a Sunday and the place was filled- mostly with three generation families. We were lucky enough to get a table even though we did not make any reservation but the groups that came after us had a bit of a waiting time. Nonetheless, we placed our orders and the food arrived promptly and in decent portions.

EMPRESS by The Privé Group @ Asian Civilisations Museum

Stylish, contemporary yet traditional, EMPRESS is the newest flagship concept launched by The Privé Group. Located at the newly refurbished Asian Civilisation Museum, this modern Chinese restaurant is an amalgamation of just the right balance of fashionable elegance and traditional elements. High ceilings add a touch of glamour to the pillar-less indoor dining space which sits about 80 pax comfortably, while the alfresco terrace boasts of a stunning waterfront view of the Singapore River and Boat Quay- the ideal backdrop for a watering hole to kick back a couple of drinks post-office hours.

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And although it stays rooted to traditional Cantonese flavours, the food served at EMPRESS is anything but conservative as the aesthetics and presentation of the dishes inject some fun and vibrance to the usually strait-laced nature of oriental cuisine.

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Appetizer highlights include the Crispy Eggplant & Pork Floss $10/$15/$20 which was superbly fried to a crisp on the exterior yet still soft and mushy inside. Dressed almost completely with pork floss for added crunch and sweetness, these sticks of eggplant were delightfully addictive to munch on as we waited for our mains to arrive. The Crispy Aromatic Duck Salad $18 too was another refreshing change to the usual salad choices with that plum-citrus dressing and chunks of duck meat deep-fried till golden.