When it comes to Sunday brunch for a Cantonese family, yum cha-ing in Chinese restaurants is a natural choice. In fact, I think they can do it everyday if not for work! As Yan Ting @ St Regis left a pleasant dinner impression the other time, I returned to try their skills at dim sum!
This time, the girlfriend and I managed to snug one of the cozy semi-partitioned tables at the side. With the place running at good capacity, service was efficient and non-intruding as we appreciated the constant refilling of tea. They seemed to have change the pre-meal snack to candied almonds, not that I'm complaining!
Siew Mai ($6.00), Prawn Dumplings ($6.00)
The fundamentals of all dim sum and they sure nailed the spot. Freshness of ingredients (succulent pork, chunky prawns) and thickness of skin were managed so well, I can't help but to be impressed by the two staples. Set the mood right!
Char Siew Buns ($5.00), Pork & Century Egg Congee ($9.00)
The bits of roasted meat were of good flavours, but I thought that the flour skin was a tad too thick while there could be more fillings in each bun. Porridge was decent but given its rice bowl sized portion, the price tag was rather hard to swallow.
Fried Beancurd Skin ($4.50), Egg Tarts ($6.00)
A vegetarian dish that we tried out of curiosity. Wrapped with spinach and mushrooms, it went by without much impression. The wobbly egg custards were fragrant and creamy, coupled with a flaky crust that definitely passed the test. But again, I felt the pinch when I remembered the price.
Flowing Custard Buns ($5.00)
The "must-order bun if available on the menu" these days! While the soft, thin skin and rich, savoury filling deserved thumbs up, we had an issue with its oily-ness. Even a oil-guzzling fellow like myself thought that the gleaming layer's depth was too much. I literally had to use the pieces of paper that came stuck under the buns to soak up the oil first.
Oh well, in terms of consistency, at least they were consistently erm, oily.
Bill for two was $58.30 after taxes, which I would consider pricey given the amount of food we had. As Yan Ting excels at the essentials, it is a premium place to enjoy service and ambience, good for the occasional self-indulgence or to even impress the in-laws. Goal for self: To return for the luxurious dim sum brunch buffet after getting a job!
Yan Ting 29 Tanglin Road St Regis Singapore Tel: 6506 6888