The popular Chinese restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has recently undergone refurbishment spotting a brighter interior. At the same time, the restaurant welcomes new Executive Chinese Chef Chan Shun Wong and new dishes that showcases modern Cantonese cuisine.
Xin's Signature Home-style Roast Duck with Tea Leaves 3.8/5
Our dinner at the newly refurbished restaurant started with the Xin's Signature Home-style Roast Duck with Tea Leaves ($32 half duck/ $58 whole duck). The duck is first smoked in a medley of Pu-Er, Chrysanthemum and Jasmine leaves before roasting. The result is having a layer of crispy duck skin on top of the tender meat. I personally felt that the aroma of the tea leaves can be stronger.
Poached Clams 4/5
The Poached Clams ($22 Small/ $33 Medium/ $42 Large) comes with sweet and juicy clams, served with preserved vegetables, shredded snow fungus, bamboo pith and crowned with shredded ginger. A dash of premium Chinese wine is added to boost the flavour. When we took a sip of the broth, we thought it tasted like salted duck soup. I would say this is rather unique as I was expecting a seafood based broth.
Deep Fried Prawns coated with Yuzu Mayonnaise 4/5
Next we had the Deep Fried Prawn coated with Yuzu Mayonnaise ($10 per portion/ $26 Small/ $39 Medium/ $50 Large). The succulent prawn has a coat of crispy thin batter complemented by the yuzu mayonnaise. A well balanced execution.
Hong Kong Kai Lan with Preserved Vegetables 4.2/5
I dish that I wished for more is the Hong Kong Kai Lan with Preserved Vegetables. The highlight was actually the preserved vegetables. I was wishing that there was some braised pork belly to go with the preserved vegetables.
Stir Fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Black Pepper and Longan 4.2/5
The Stir Fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Black Pepper and Longan ($36 Small/ $55 Medium/ $72 Large) gives the tender and juicy wagyu beef cubes a peppery kick while the longan provides a delightful tartness to the finishing.
Poached Rice with Seafood in Superior Broth served with Crispy Rice 4.5/5
A signature item on the menu is the Poached Rice with Seafood in Superior Broth served with Crispy Rice ($14/portion). Poached rice which has absorbed the essence of the superior broth is served with morsels of scallops, prawns and compoy. Diners can pour the crispy rice served at the side into the pot of broth, for a harmony of texture enjoyment. It was pleasing and comforting.
Chilled Mango Coulis and Hashima 4.5/5, Fried Sesame Ball 4/5
Wrapping up the dinner, we had the Chilled Mango Coulis and Hashima as well as the Fried Sesame Ball with Red Bean and Liqueur Chocolate Filling. The cold dessert was very refreshing while the hot dessert was aromatic with a surprise interior burst of flavours from the red bean and liqueur chocolate filling.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road
Tel: +65 67317173
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)
Daily 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Tiong Bahru MRT station (Stop ID 10169). Take bus number 123. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]