Text: Sylvia Le Dung | Photography: Sylvia Le Dung, InterContinental Singapore
It’s not hard to see why many consider eating out a national pastime in Singapore. Thanks to its ethnic diversity and discerning population, the diminutive city state offers a vast array of gastronomic choices for food connoisseurs. While it’s imperative to experience the vibrant food culture on the streets, one should not overlook the fine dining alternatives available elsewhere. On a recent trip to InterContinental Singapore, where we stayed for a few days, we enjoyed some of our finest dining experiences right in the hotel, including a unique Peranakan Afternoon Tea and spectacular Cantonese cuisine.
I always enjoy dining at InterContinental hotels around the world. The brand’s commitment to culinary excellence is reflected in the many Michelin-starred restaurants that they host worldwide – like SPOON by Alain Ducasse in Hong Kong and NOBU, also in Hong Kong, both of which I wrote about previously (click HERE and HERE). I also very much enjoyed the Vietnamese buffet breakfast at InterContinental Saigon, so much so that I felt compelled to write about my experience (click HERE). I am glad to report that InterContinental Singapore didn’t disappoint.
Starting with the Club Lounge, we quickly got a taste of what to expect from the hotel’s culinary teams. The elegant Club Lounge is open to club level guests and serves breakfast, afternoon tea and all day refreshments in a laid back environment. Richly adorned with classic Peranakan design elements, the Club Lounge is perfect for those times when you simply want to relax and enjoy a quick bite. And if you feel like a Singapore Sling, the Club Lounge also serves cocktails in the evening.
Afternoon Tea is a staple in upscale hotels and InterContinental Singapore offers two exquisitely designed menus. The main menu, which includes freshly baked scones with clotted cream, Mini Donut in Crabmeat Mayonnaise with Passionfruit, and Smoked Salmon Pumpernickel with stuffed Green Olives – to name but a few of the wide selection of savory dishes. All were delicious and we were impressed immediately. The pièce de résistance, however, belonged to the special Peranakan Afternoon Tea. It includes delicacies such as Kueh Pie Tee (braised turnip in crispy shell), Ngoh Hiang (five-spice meat roll), Ayam Limau Purut (Nyonya-style Curry Sakura Chicken) and a selection of Nyonya Kuehs. The grand Lobby Lounge is sumptuously designed and provided the perfect ambiance for a heritage tea ritual. A wide range of tea blends from luxury tea label TWG Tea Company complement the experience.
For the evening, Man Fu Yuan restaurant was yet another pleasant surprise. Led by a master chef from Hong Kong, the restaurant offered beautifully crafted contemporary Cantonese cuisine. The six-course menu we tried tasted wonderfully balanced and sophisticated. My favorites were, Braised Pork Rib with ‘Zhen Jiang’ Vinegar and Stewed Noodles with Lobster, Ginger & Spring Onion. All of the dishes we tried reflected the skills of the master chef and rivaled some of the best Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. Man Fu Yuan completed our culinary journey at InterContinental Singapore on a high note, but rest assured that we will be back for more.
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