Wok Palace at Fusionpolis is founded by the team behind Coffee Hive. If you work in the CBD area, you probably are quite well acquainted with one of their coffee joints. The growth of their coffee business speared the team to venture into Wok Master, a zi char concept that caters to the suburban crowd. After 3 years of finding their way around the even more intense restaurant industry, Wok Palace marks another milestone for the team. Catering to a more corporate clientele, this new Chinese restaurant serves up a more refined menu that incorporates a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine and homemade delights, along with the local zi char favourites.
Ginseng Chicken Soup 4/5
Boiled over a slow fire for several hours, the Ginseng Chicken Soup with Sea Whelk ($12) was full-bodied and milky, with a slightly gelatinous texture which I could feel it with my lips in every sip.
Scallop Roll 3.8/5
Scallop Roll with Braised Daikon and Pork Broth ($23.80) is a sophisticated dish that uses sashimi grade scallop. Minced and rolled into a wrap, encased within is minced pork and shrimps, mixed with diced carrots and water chestnut for a right amount of refreshing crunch. What I find lacking is a better accompanying broth.
Homemade Kale Tofu 4/5
Homemade Kale Tofu ($6) brings joy to the diner with its crisp exterior and an interior so soft and tender texture, almost like a dessert soya beancurd. Wholesome with a piece of mushroom sandwiched between the tofu and tomato, bigger sized tofu would have made it into a delicious light main on its own.
Braised Beef Cheek 4.5/5
The front-page cover of the menu sits their signature - Braised Beef Cheek with Organic Kale and Confit Tomato ($28). This beef cheek is probably one of the best that I have had so far this year. Perhaps these beef cheeks have been braised and not sous-vide, which some places have chosen to adopt such a method, the meat was fork-tender and moist with a gelatinous texture, rather than stringy and flat in taste.
3 Combination Roast Meat 3/5
Wok Palace serves up pretty sumptuous roast meats too. The Roasted Pork was succulent with a jacket of crispy skin, and the Roasted Duck was very well done also, with just the right amount of seasoning. The Char Siew had a good ratio of meat to fats, but it was a tad chewy. I reckon it needed more time in the oven to break down the fats further, as well as to caramelise the exterior even more.
I feel Wok Palace is an exciting addition to our local Chinese restaurant establishments, given its background and the years they took to reach this stage.
Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
1 Fusionopolis Way
Tel: +65 69099856
Nearest MRT: One North (CC Line)
1) Alight at One North MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]