Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan

Right – I am back to normal with the timezones.  Thursday was a write off – our sleeping patterns were all over the place, we didn’t know if it was Wednesday or weetabix! But I am back now, and ready to properly start my holiday!

Today we are going to meet up with some friends who used to rent our flat back in London – they have been posted back to Singapore now which is a shame as we got on famously!  We have a reservation for 730pm at the Intercontinental Hotel’s Man Fu Yuan restaurant – Cantonese fine dining.  I was uber excited!

The trains didn’t help – was stop start from the start (a lot like London) and we were late. Not a good start!  We reached 45 minutes later – well, at least we reached eh?! Man Fu Yuan – here we come!

Here are some pictures from the hotel:

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

I have a thing for gorgeous chandeliers - I wish we had higher ceilings at home!

I have a thing for gorgeous chandeliers – I wish we had higher ceilings at home!

The hotel has a very Peranakan feel throughout its whole decor – have a look at these lovely Peranakan artifacts below in their show cases

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Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of late 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian archipelago and British Malaya (now Malaysia).

Such gorgeous flowers!

Such gorgeous flowers!

Love this burst of colour in an otherwise quite cleanly painted lift lobby,

Right, now for the restaurant.  It was very nicely set out – not the biggest seating plan but adequate. Adorned on the ‘windows’ are wooden slates – which is very old school Peranaken – I love it!

The restaurant is very ornate

It is a very traditional set up in a chinese restaurant to have everyone seated round a table that's round, accompanied with a bowl and chopsticks!

It is a very traditional set up in a Chinese restaurant to have everyone seated round a table that’s round, accompanied with a bowl and chopsticks!

Right – now for the FOOD!

Deep Fried Squid with Salted Egg Yolk

Deep Fried Squid with Salted Egg Yolk

For starters we had deep fried squid with salted egg yolk – I love salted egg, so this went down a treat.  The salted yolk does not over power the squid and this dish was surprisingly light.

Meat Platter of Duck and Roasted Pork

Meat Platter of Duck and Roasted Pork

Then we had a plate of duck and roasted pork – the duck I felt was a little dry. The work was fine, a lot like pork belly with a gorgeous think crispy layer of fat.

Prawn and Banana Roll with Mayonnaise Sauce

Prawn and Banana Roll with Mayonnaise Sauce

LOVE this  – the better half was not a fan, he hates bananas so I understood why.  I love the fusion of the prawn and banana – I thought it would be a weird combination at first, but I was pleasantly surprised. Trust me – take a chance and try this dish! Thank me later. 😉

Radish Cake with Preserved Meat and XO Sauce (Chef's Recommendation)

Radish Cake with Preserved Meat and XO Sauce (Chef’s Recommendation)

This I was not a fan of – too heavy on the fried side for me and the preserved meat just didn’t help its cause.

Steamed Sea Perch Fillet with Egg White in Chinese Rice Wine Consomme

Steamed Sea Perch Fillet with Egg White in Chinese Rice Wine Consomme

This was GORGEOUS – what our friends always come back here for and they are not wrong. The fish was so delicate yet so flavorsome, and the egg white in Chinese wine provided just enough taste to help you understand it was different without taking anything away from the fish. Well Done!

Man Fu Yuan Signature Fried Rice

Man Fu Yuan Signature Fried Rice

To accompany our meal – we had the signature fried rice – nice enough though Ive had better.

A palette cleanser of sour plum juice

A palette cleanser of sour plum juice – not the better half’s idea of a palette cleanser!

Chilled Mango Pudding with Mango Puree and Pomelo Juice

Chilled Mango Pudding with Mango Puree and Pomelo Juice

I don’t know why I ordered this – not my favourite dessert at all – the pudding was runny and the mango puree not very tasty, tasted like came out of a can as it was wayyyyyyy too sweet, almost artificial.

All in all – a good restaurant.  Would we come back? I don’t think so, seeing as how there are so many other places to try and this place didn’t blow my head off. I feel if you are looking for good Cantonese fine dining, there are a couple of others that would cost about the same and are just as good (or even better).

One of the things that I noticed quite quickly was that if you didn’t speak mandarin, you would struggle, we had out friends who spoke it fluently and so knew exactly what to order – I guess it would be safe to assume going for the chefs recommendation would be a good choice if you really didn’t know what to order.

If you go to this restaurant – tell me what you think!

KimmyX

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