Just few days before CNY, my foodie friends and I decided to arrange a CNY dinner. We decided on Empress which is located in the iconic Asian Civilisations Museum. It is just a walking distance away from Raffles Place MRT station. Empress is a contemporary Chinese restaurant under the Prive Group with indoor and alfresco dining space. And not forgetting the view from the Empress is the Singapore River. The fusion style restaurant also serves cocktail drinks with a centralized bar in the centre of the restaurant. Some of the diners will start off with couple of drinks before proceeding to their table for the dinner. As for us, we just went straight to our dining table to kick start our CNY dinner.
Salmon & Silver Bait Yu Sheng S$48.00 We started off with Yusheng to toss for prosperity for the year of Monkey.
Deep-fried Prawn & Bacon Spring Roll S$18.00Cripsy crust spring roll as our appetizer for the night. I loved the presentation of this dish with the delicate spring roll with fresh fillings. It would be best if we have more mango sauce to dip it.
Crispy Cod ‘Bi Feng Tang’ S$12.00This crispy cube codfish served with caramelised shallots and chilli surprisingly does not taste spicy at all. It is quite addictive I would say.
Teapot Soup S$14.00
EileenL & I ordered Teapot Soup as our choice of soup. It comes with a teapot of soup and a seafood dumpling and crispy spring rolls. The presentation alone attracts the attention on the table. The small teapot contains the supreme broth with pumpkin and as I pour it over the cup to drink, I can taste the thick creamy broth.
King Prawn Dumpling in Supreme Broth S$14.00
Wilson & EileenP had King Prawn Dumpling in supreme broth. The dumpling came in a big size with minced prawns as the fillings. The broth is flavourful and comforting.
Egg Drop Soup S$10.00
Alex had this for his choice of soup. Egg drop soup is commonly available at most zi char and we wouldn’t recommend having it here in terms of value and dollars.
Royal Peking Duck S$68.00 (Whole)
The royal peking duck served here is slightly different from other places. Usually we will have the choice of noodles to cook together with the remaining of the duck meat but in Empress, they only served the two drumsticks as the remaining part from the whole duck.
XO Chilli Hokkaido Scallops S$48.00 (M)
Scallops served here are big size and it comes with asparagus. I enjoyed the sweetness of the scallops and bits of the xo chilli that added spices to the dish.
Dragon’s Breath Angus Beef Hor Fun S$22.00 (S)
Dry-fried rice noodles that have the wok hei taste.
Seafood Spinach Tofu S$22.00
The flavourful deep-fried tofu topped with diced fish and prawns meat. The tofu was silky and the spinach is stuffed in between it. As you take the first bite along with the toppings, you can taste the savoury of this dish.
Pork Knuckle in Claypot S$26.00Succulent and tender pork knuckle served in claypot.
This sums up our dinner at Empress. Total bill was S$349.60 inclusive of 10% discount for ACM Visitor (applicable for ala-carte only) and 10% service charge & 7% GST. It was a pleasant dining experience with friendly service staff attending to our table. However, if there is one thing to feedback is the presentation of the peking duck. It would be great if the staff can be train to cut and slice the peking duck professionally in front of the guests instead of shabbily settle it. Other than that, we are having a great time with the nice and cosy ambience in Empress.
1 Empress Place
Lunch – 11:30AM – 3:00PM (Last Order 2:30PM ) Daily
Dinner – 6:00PM – 11:00PM (Last Order 10:45PM) Daily