Monday, February 13, 2012

Peach Garden 桃苑

We went to Peach Garden at Novena for dinner yesterday. It's along the main road, so you probably won't miss it. 

We ordered the Roasted peking duck ($60). Tasted like your typical peking duck. Came with some prawn crackers.

I'm not a fan of wasabi because the word that pops in my mind when I think of wasabi is- pungent. People may think that wasabi is the greatest thing ever, but sorry, I don't share their sentiments. But anyway, we ordered Deep fried wasabi prawn salad ($22) which was actually pretty good. The big prawn was piping hot, crispy and chewy! Plus they managed to tone down the wasabi a lot, so the pungency didn't manage to make a round in my nose before coming out. Yes, it retains its pungent smell and taste, but it's not overpowering.

This was what the waiter recommended: Salted egg yolk scallop with prawn ($63). It's basically a thin layer of salted egg encasing two scallops which surround a prawn item. Again, not usually a fan of salted egg yolk but this wasn't that salty and I think there was some sugar in there to balance the saltiness. Eating beyond the salted egg yolk, you actually still can taste the freshness of the scallop.

This is the leftover duck meat from the peking duck, fried together with some mushrooms, and placed on a lettuce leaf. With some sauce (for the peking duck) laid at the bottom of the leaf.

I felt that this was the worst dish of the night. It wasn't just me who felt that the Ee Fu Noodle with Crab Meat ($36) tasted like maggi noodles. The gravy was also a little too salty. The crab meat was nearly non-existent.

The total bill came up to around $35 per person (including one more dish not mentioned above). As for the service, I have conflicting thoughts about it. Here, they refill your tea cups and change your dishes very frequently. But yet, I don't feel the enthusiasm that is evident in other places where there is excellent service. So, the refilling of cups and changing of dishes feels terribly like a chore. Overall, the food is decent but not fantastic.

Peach Garden
301 Upper Thomson Road
#01-88 Thomson Plaza
Tel No: 6 451 3233 


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