Sometimes you encounter certain dining experiences that are sheer splendour in every aspect - from the refine grandeur of the restaurant to the faultless service to the exquisiteness of the cuisine. Experiences that make you feel so pampered and indulgent that you forget your penny-pinching ways and become gladly obliged to spend a little, live a little and feel that every extravagant penny was well-spent.
What exactly am I driving at, with my effusive drivel? Experiencing yum cha at The Peach Blossom restaurant, that is.
The usual suspects of dim sum that we regularly order back home, such as the braised chicken feet, rice-flour roll and braised spare-ribs were executed impeccably.
But the dim sum of note were the egg tart and the speciality of papaya puff pastry. Both sweet dim sum dishes were done to crumbly (crust), quivering (soft, custard filling) perfection. I highly recommend these two dishes as must-tries!
We had 8 dishes and tea and the meal came up to RMB 280 (approx USD 40, SGD 55). The tea we had actually contributed to almost half of the cost. I suppose it was a superior grade of tea, thus the hefty charges. The pot of Dong Ting Biluo Chun we had, cost RMB 96.
The Peach Blossom is located on the 3rd floor of The Garden Hotel, at 368 Huanshi Dong Lu.
Tel: 83877789, 83338989~3316 3317.
7:00 am to 11:30 am (Breakfast)
11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Lunch)
5:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Dinner)
* note: Yum Cha is a Cantonese tradition. They typically start the day with a morning yum cha, which means a meal consisting of tea and dim sum. Some restaurants also offer all-day yum cha, so people can conveniently feast on dim sum either in the morning, as afternoon tea or as supper snack.
Dim Sum (点心) literally translates to "touch the heart" in Mandarin, a fittingly poetic name that refers to a variety of exquisitely prepared small-item snacks.