Saturday, September 9, 2023

Ya Ge (雅阁) @ Orchid Hotel Singapore - Exquisite Weekend Dim Sum Brunch


Ya Ge Chinese Restaurant, nestled in the Orchid Hotel Singapore, has introduced an enticing culinary experience - the Exquisite Weekend Dim Sum Brunch. This brunch affair promises an array of premium, one-of-a-kind Chef's Specials, comprising meticulously crafted artisanal dim sum, hearty main courses, and delectable desserts. As a bonus, diners can savour these delicacies alongside unlimited servings of the restaurant's signature dishes.

Siew Mai, Fresh Scallop Dumpling, Steamed Glutinous Rice Dumpling 4.8/5

Kicking off our brunch adventure was a trio of exquisitely prepared dim sum: Siew Mai with Abalone in Abalone Sauce, Fresh Scallop Dumplings with a delightful Mentaiko Mayo twist, and Steamed Glutinous Rice Dumplings crowned with lobster and bathed in a rich seafood sauce, topped with delicate bonito flakes. These were no ordinary dim sum; each bite was a carefully orchestrated symphony of flavours that danced on the palate.

Double-boiled Shark's Fin Pomegranate Dumpling in Shark's Bone Cartilage Broth 4.5/5

One standout was the Double-boiled Shark's Fin Pomegranate Dumpling in Shark's Bone Cartilage Broth. It was like enjoying two culinary treasures in one dish – a luxurious dumpling encasing premium ingredients submerged in a deeply satisfying and gelatinous broth.

Garden Greens Rill 3.8/5, Gyoza 3.8/5, Deep-fried Gourd-shaped Puff 4.2/5, Shrimp Ball 4.2/5

The dim sum brunch continued with another quartet of dim sum delights: Garden Greens Rill with Black Garlic and Tea Tree Mushroom, Pan-fried Snow-flakes Kurobuta Pork Gyoza paired with Japanese Leek, Deep-fried Gourd-shaped Sea Cucumber and King Oyster Mushroom Puff, and the innovative Lava Mango Shrimp Ball. Among these, the Deep-fried Gourd-shaped puff filled with sea cucumber and king oyster mushrooms was a revelation. The interplay of textures, from the chewy puff to the crunchy filling, was a delightful contrast. Equally impressive was the Shrimp Ball, a creative twist on the classic dim sum featuring a mouthwatering combination of fried prawn and mango.

Crispy Noodles with King Prawn in Superior Broth 4/5

Braised Minced Meat in House's Special X.O. Sauce with Japanese Pearl Rice 3.5/5

Moving on to the main courses, we savoured Crispy Noodles with King Prawn in Superior Broth and Braised Minced Meat in the House's Special X.O. Sauce served with Japanese Pearl Rice. While these dishes provided comfort and satiety, they couldn't quite match the artistry of the dim sum that had preceded them.

Chilled Blueberry Yogurt Snow Ball Mochi 4.8/5, Steamed Red Dates Cake 4.2/5

The grand finale of the Chef's Special selection featured a tempting dessert duo - a chilled Blueberry Yogurt Snow Ball Mochi and a Steamed Red Dates Cake. However, the chilled Blueberry Yogurt Snow Ball Mochi truly stole the spotlight. It was my inaugural encounter with this Taiwanese sensation, and it left a lasting impression. The creamy filling, beautifully balanced with a stretchy mochi skin, offered a delightful contrast of sweetness and chewiness. It was a lovely discovery that concluded our dining experience on a high note.

Chilled Mango Sago Pomelo 4/5

For those with ample room in their stomachs, the unlimited signature selections offered even more culinary treasures, including Mini Pumpkin Pastries with Minced Chicken, Mushroom, and Thyme, Ugly Duckling with Chicken, Yam, and Mushroom, Golden Pumpkin Seafood Thick Broth, Braised Ma Po Tofu Sze Chuan-style, Sautéed Kurobuta Pork with Garlic Sauce, Chilled Mango Sago Pomelo, and Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera to name just a few.

Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera 4/5

Available every Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, this Exquisite Weekend Dim Sum Brunch is priced at $68 per adult and $48 per child (with a minimum of two adults per table). It offers two seating options from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. For those looking to elevate their experience, a $35 top-up grants unlimited pours of Le Contesse Prosecco Spumante DOC Treviso Brut, adding a touch of effervescent luxury to an already exceptional brunch affair.

Note: This is an invited tasting

Ya Ge (雅阁)
Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link
Level 3
Singapore 078867
Tel: +65 68186831
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight towards Orchid Hotel. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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