Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore has launched a new menu which allows you to craft your own 5-course lunch and 6-course dinner with interchangeable dishes at each course. Priced at $48 and $68 respectively, there are also options to switch up the dining experience with a minimal price top-up for more premium ingredients such as lobster and abalone.
We started off with a platter of small bites consisting ‘London’ Duck Pancake Roll and Chili Crab Meat Swan Pastry. The 2 individual slices of London Duck allowed me to savour their flavourful fats without any distraction. The pancake roll that comes with a piece of crispy beancurd skin rides on its contrasting meaty texture for a satisfying bite. The Swan Pastry was similar to a fried yam puff, with chilli crab meat replacing the usual minced pork, and had a notable crisp and airy exterior.
The second course is a nourishing Double-boiled Baby Abalone Soup with sea whelk, conpoy, bamboo pith, served in a golden mini pumpkin.
For our third course Fish, we had Steamed Sea Perch (+$8), served with preserved capsicum chilli. The fish on its own was really tasty- it was firm, mildly sweet and almost buttery-like a cod. I didn't find the sauce an ideal choice for the fish though.
Up next was Poultry/Meat and we had Baked Kurobuta Pork Homemade Signature X.O. Sauce, wrapped with Parma Ham. The meat was succulent and tender, but what was strongly lacking I find was a good sear on both sides to render its fats and impart a depth of smoky flavour to the meat. The Parma Ham would have served its purpose better in flavouring the meat if it was given enough heat to crisp up more.
For Rice/Noodle, Stewed Half Lobster (+$18) was served in egg gravy, accompanied by a crispy egg noodle ball. If you enjoy Cantonese Seafood Yee Mee, this will definitely be up your alley - The lobster was at the right doneness, and the crispy egg noodle strands provided much aromatic crunch to every bite. The egg gravy was light but flavoursome, which was one of the keys to making this dish so delightful.
Summing up our meal is Chilled Cream of Avocado and Vanilla Ice Cream served with cute little heart-shaped red bean and coconut pudding. The different flavours synced well with one another, and the sweetness was just right.
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.
Conrad Centennial Singapore
2 Temasek Boulevard
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line)
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sun: 1030am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit B. Continue walking along Temasek Avenue to destination Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]