My mother told me excitedly the other day that she recently discovered a great Chinese restaurant called Imperial Restaurant. The restaurant used to have an in-house Chinese physician who will give diners health diagnosis.
Even though there’s no more in-house Chinese physician, the restaurant still adheres to the founding values of serving “tasty, healthy and affordable” cuisine.
The grand decor inside befits the imperial theme of the restaurant with gold color on every column and ceiling.
A huge Chinese medicine cabinet standing against the wall symbolizes the restaurant’s emphasis on serving healthy gourmet cuisine.
Since it’s just me and my mother, we decided to get the Imperial Set Menu 1 [S$28++] which is actually meant for 1 person.
The meal starts with “Fun Rong” (Fluffy Egg White) with Dried Scallop that sits on a bed of fried yam strips. The contrast is texture between the fluffy egg white and crispy yam makes this such an interesting dish.
Imperial Soup of the Day was matsutake mushroom chicken soup. The soup looks clear but it is very flavorful and full of nutrients.
Chicken Chop Glazed in Lemongrass & Black Pepper Sauce looks too modern for a traditional Chinese restaurant. The chicken chop is really tender but the lemongrass and black pepper sauce is a little too sweet.
Only the outside skin of Black Bean Curd in Carrot Sauce is black, the tofu inside is still white and silky-smooth. The carrot sauce has a natural sweetness which goes really well with the tofu.
Olive Vegetable Fried Rice with Green Soya Beans is such a comforting dish. The olive vegetable lends a fragrant aroma to the fried rice while the green soya beans gives a great crunchy texture.
We had a choice of Osmanthus Jelly or Refreshing Jelly for Dessert of the Day. Osmanthus Jelly is too common, so we opted for Refreshing Jelly which turns out to be Honeysuckle and Mint Jelly. The honeysuckle gives the jelly a natural sweetness while the mint leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth.
Older people and health-conscious people will love Imperial Restaurant for dishes that blends healthy ingredients with gourmet cooking. The restaurant is founded on an old Chinese imperial cooking philosophy with an emphasis on low-sugar, salt and seasonings.
The grand decor of Imperial Restaurant also makes it perfect for events such as wedding dinner.
Imperial Restaurant 宏仁堂御膳餐厅
Address: 382 Havelock Road, Four Points by Sheraton, Singapore 169629
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.15pm – 10.30pm