Monday, December 11, 2023

Yue (乐) @ Aloft Novena Singapore - A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation


Nestled within the world's largest Aloft Hotel, Yue (乐) Restaurant takes centre stage, boasting traditional Chinese cuisine with a contemporary twist, all under the expert guidance of Executive Sous Chef Awyeong Kin. It offers a delightful array of dishes that harmoniously blend flavours and textures.

Deep Fried Eggplant 4/5

Initiating our dining experience, the Deep Fried Eggplant ($12) captured our taste buds with its perfectly crisp exterior and a delicate coat of batter. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, it reached new heights with the addition of chicken floss, offering an elevated dimension of enjoyment.

Crispy Baby Squid 4/5

The Crispy Baby Squid ($15) emerged as a modern rendition of local rojak, featuring deep-fried baby squid tossed in a sweet shrimp sauce and garnished with ground peanuts — a delightful twist on a familiar flavour, marrying crispiness and savoury sweetness.

Braised Fish Maw Soup 4/5

For a comforting start, the Braised Fish Maw Soup ($12 per serving) presented a wholesome alternative to traditional shark fin soup. Laden with fish maw, crab meat, and conpoy, this hearty soup invited personalisation with a dash of vinegar and pepper. Current promotion: Receive a complimentary 45ml drizzle of Martell Cordon Bleu when a diner orders a small portion.

Steamed Cod Fish 4/5

The Steamed Cod Fish ($23) showcased a fatty fish delightfully paired with a homemade spicy garlic peppercorn sauce. The sauce garnered unanimous approval, prompting suggestions to bottle and sell this delectable accompaniment.

Charcoal Grilled Beef Ribeye 4/5

A reminiscence of New Ubin Seafood, the Charcoal Grilled Beef Ribeye ($95 for 500g) exhibited a perfect blend of tenderness and juiciness, complemented by a tantalising charred aroma. Served with Himalayan salt or mustard, it was a carnivorous delight.

Chilli Tiger Prawn 4/5

Opting for a deviation from the usual Chilli Crab, we indulged in the Chilli Tiger Prawn ($9/100g). With a minimum order of 500g, the option to have them with deep-fried or steamed mantou added to the allure provides an ideal vessel to savour the rich chilli crab sauce.

Sweet and Sour Pork 4/5

Yue's Sweet and Sour Pork rendition added a playful twist with popping candies. Not overly sweet, and with a generous serving of pork, each bite delivered a delightful crunch.

Stewed Seafood Bee Hoon 4.2/5

The Stewed Seafood Bee Hoon ($26/$52) stood out with its silky bee hoon absorbing the delectable broth. Enhanced by the sweetness of prawns and clams, a side of sambal elevated the dish, adding another layer of enjoyment.

Chilled Mango Sago, Lime Sorbet 4/5

Concluding our culinary journey was the Chilled Mango Sago ($8 per serving) with a refreshing scoop of Lime Sorbet. This sweet and sour combination provided the perfect ending, leaving our palates invigorated.

Yue (乐) Restaurant at Aloft Novena Singapore artfully combines tradition and innovation, creating a dining experience that marries the richness of classic Chinese flavours with contemporary twists. It is a Chinese restaurant worth discovering in the heart of the city.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Yue (乐)
Aloft Novena Singapore
Lobby Level
16 Ah Hood Road
Singapore 329982
Tel: +65 68086846
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Fri-Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit A or 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]

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