With a new Executive Chef Melvin Lim on board and a bigger selection of Straits Chinese delights, I looked forward to my second visit to Flavours at Zhongshan Park since I last dine here back in July 2013. The new menu consists of a larger selection of Straits Chinese cuisine while maintaining a carefully selected mix of international and western favourites, providing customers with more dining options.
Not to be missed is the condiments freshly prepared by the kitchen at Flavours. The different chilli sauces were so good that we actually suggested to the restaurant to sell them.
Clear Oriental Oxtail Soup 3.5/5
Whetting the appetite, we started with a hearty hot piping Clear Oriental Oxtail Soup ($13.90) of slow cooked oxtail infused with herbs and spices.
Braised Beef Cheek Rendang 4.5/5
I still remembered how tender the Braised Beef Cheek Rendang ($24.90) was when I tried it the last time. Once again the beef cheek rendang did not disappoint me. Cooked in a homemade spice paste with lemongrass infusion, the premium beef cheek cut simply melted in the mouth.
Tamarind Prawn 4/5
Looks the the chef has made some changes to the menu. Previously the tiger prawn was cooked in a chilli crab type gravy but now it is done in a tamarind gravy with pineapple and ginger bud. The new version of Tarmarind Prawn was just as good. It has a more refreshing and fruity finish. If the prawns have been more crunchy it would have been perfect.
Slipper Lobster with Chilli 4/5
Another chance is the slipper lobster dish. Instead of black bean paste, the Slipper Lobster is stir fried in a thick, savour paste of tomatoes and chilli. The succulent slipper lobster with the delectable gravy is served with fried mantou.
Ayam Buah Keluak 4.2/5
The Ayam Buah Keluak ($19.90) has also underwent some fine tuning too. The kuluak nuts are now mixed with minced chicken to give it more textures. The chicken was also braised to a nice folk tender absorbing all the beautiful flavours.
For dessert, we have the Durian Pengat with Pandan Jelly, Pandan Tiramisu and Sago Gula Melaka. Noteworthy is the Pandan Tiramisu ($13.90) which has only 15 portions available each day for freshness reason. The mascarpone is infused with homemade pandan essence resulting in a dessert wafts with aromas of pandan leaves and gula melaka that was smooth, rich and yet light on the palate.
Flavours at Zhongshan Park
16 Ah Hood Road
Tel: +65 68086846
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line), Toa Payoh (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 6am - 1030am (breakfast), 12pm - 230pm (lunch), 6pm - 1030pm (dinner)
Weekends, Eve of PH and PH: 6am - 11am (breakfast), 12pm - 3pm (lunch), 6pm - 11pm (dinner)
1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the shuttle bus service pick up point at Velocity @ Novena Square. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Irrawaddy Road. Walk towards Ren Ci Community Hospital direction along Irrawaddy Road. Turn onto Shan Road and walk to the end. At the end of the Shan Road, cross Balestier Road to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Toa Payoh bus interchange (Stop ID 52009). Take bus number 139 or 145. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
4) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to bus stop at Toa Payoh MRT station along Toa Payoh Lorong 2 (Stop ID 52189). Take bus 56, 105 or 153. Alight 1 stop later. Cross the canal. Cut through the cluster of HDB flats and carpark towards block 103 onto Ah Hood Road. Continue on Ah Hood Road to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]