Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Chinese New Year Feasting @ Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

Where will you be having your Lunar New Year meals this year? Many of us will be having many reunion dinners or catch-up dinners. If you are married or attached, you will have at least 2 family reunion dinners. There will also be company Lunar New Year meals, catch-up meals with other friends too. Your bosses might be also be treating a meal too.

For one of the many lunches or dinners for the Lunar New Year, if you want to pamper yourself, you can head to Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

I was recently invited to have Chinese New Year Luncheon tasting at the Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.

Summer Pavilion is currently having the Auspicious Lunch and Dinner Set Menus. Their Platinum Seven-Course Menu ($2288 for 8 guests) is quite impressive.

The Platinum Seven Course menu is as follows:

  • Golden Crab Roe and Sea Urchin Yu Sheng | 黄金蟹子海胆捞起
  • Double-boiled Lobster Soup with Chicken, Bamboo Pith and Chinese Cabbage | 菜胆竹笙浓鸡汤炖龙虾汤
  • Sautéed Scallop with Fresh Wild Mushrooms & Seasonal Vegetables | 美极胡椒碧绿鲜菌炒带子
  • Steamed Sliced Garoupa with Dried Beancurd Skin & Minced Garlic | 蒜香豆根蒸星班
  • Braised Whole Abalone with Chinese Mushrooms and Seasonal Vegetables | 蚝皇原只三头鲍鱼花菇时蔬
  • Braised Hong Kong Noodles with Crabmeat, Ginger & Spring Onions | 姜葱生拆蟹肉焖银丝面
  • Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Rock Sugar served warm | 冰花炖金丝燕

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

There are always people asking if there are big tables, many of us have big families or a big group of friends or colleagues are meeting. They do have a table that can fit 14 people comfortably here.

We tasted something similar, a slight variation to the menu above, and here are the photos to tempt you to have a meal there too!

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
The Double Boiled Cartilage Soup with Fish Maw

A good Cantonese never fails to serve you the best soups around. This soup has been around here for some time and it's probably where some folks with good skin come for their delicious treatment. Collagen rich milky white goodness.

I love the taste of the heart warming soup and particularly the fish maw. You should taste this fish maw and you probably would not like those dried ones.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Yu Sheng - Golden Crab Roe with Sea Urchin

After serving us a warm soup that really whets our appetite, the service staff brought out the Yu Sheng. The dish that everyone loves in Singapore for the Lunar New Year. We Chinese simply love dishes that has ingredients that sounds auspicious, don't we?

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
The two bowls that most people will know what it means. Smooth and Sweetness in all things you do. The vegetables used for the Yu Sheng is quite natural, something that many of us will like.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
The chefs here have created something specially for the Lunar New Year. The Golden Crab Roe with Sea Urchin. Look at how fresh it is, and quite a good portion of it too!

If you are having a-la-carte lunches here, there are a variety of Yu Sheng options available:
Golden Crab Roe with Sea Urchin | 黄金蟹子海胆捞起 (大家齐捞起) – From $110
Abalone Yu Sheng | 鲍鱼捞起 (包生意捞起) – From $75.00   
Lobster Yu Sheng | 龙虾捞起 (龙马精神爽) - 市价 Subject to the market price

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
It was a huge table of 14 of us, comprising of food writers/journalists from different publications, food bloggers and the Ritz-Carlton staff. It's so big a group, we had 2 servings of Yu Sheng.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
The only time when playing with food is allowed in any Chinese meal.
Minimal spillage on our side! I love those long chopsticks!

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

The Sea Urchin and Golden Crab Roe was not tossed together so as not to crush and stabbed with our long chopsticks. The service staff will portion it for us and add the prized topping on top for us.

The 'uni' here was good. Very fresh and surprisingly, it does go well with the yu sheng salad.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Braised Sliced Abalone with Dried Oyster and Black Moss in Beancurd Sheet.

This dish was excellent. Not only does it look so good on 'instagram' (haha), it's also taste so good. I love how everything goes so well together, the superior sauce that binds them together was  a little magical. 

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Steamed Sea Perch with Fungus and Vegetables.

The sea perch was nicely done and it's firm and yet still so tender. I love all the garlic and spring onion bits that goes on top of the fish. (I usually get those bits from my wife, because she does not like it)

What was also very interesting was the 'gong cai' that the fish rested on. It has an interesting texture, a little crunchy like 'bottle chai sim', but it's longish and not salty. There's always the good service staff and PR folks that you can ask. Our dear 'aunty' service staff came back from the kitchen and told us the Chef says it's 'gong cai'. We googled and found the English name as "Mountain Jelly Vegetable".

Sorry for the deviation, the dish was very lovely indeed. Simple yet gives you a very satisfied and happy feel to it.

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Braised Special Fish Noodles with Shredded Chicken, Ginger and Onions.

When we saw the menu and it says Fish Noodles, I was wondering if fish made into noodles strips. I can't remember where I had something like that before, but the above are delicious noodles that very fragrant and filled with lots of ingredients. Surprisingly, it is quite light and does not give you that bloaty feeling.

Carbo lovers delight. These braised noodles will have you wanting more after each mouth. Carbo will suddenly increases your blood sugar levels and that triggers endorphins in the brain to be released which gives you a natural high. Sounds good doesn't it?

Summer Pavillion @ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Chilled Black Glutinous Rice Topped with Coconut Ice Cream.

A nice sweet ending to our meal. Chilled Black Glutinous Rice that's not too sweet with the Coconut Ice Cream, as usual a nice combination.

(I like how the little touches like having orchids and rose petals as part of their plating. It subliminally gives it a nice feeling while you eat. Yes, after entering a cooking competition recently, I begin noticing such things)

Other notes:

Traditional pen cai will also be available from $360 (serves four) – (three days advanced notice needed) – the 12 ingredients include fish maw, sea cucumber, Chinese mushroom, conpoy, black moss, seasonal vegetables, abalone, sea perch, roast pork and duck, goose web and scallops.

For those who wants an extra touch, Gu Zheng entertainment on CNY eve dinner at the
Chihuly Room

Lo Hei Reunion Dinner with Gu Zheng entertainment: 9 February, Saturday (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
$1264.00  per table of eight adults with two bottles of wines, unlimited juices, soft drinks and Chinese tea.

If you prefer buffets, head to the
•    Lo Hei Reunion Dinner: 9 February, Saturday (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
$168.00 per adult with unlimited vintage sparkling wine, housepour red/white wine, beer, chilled juices and soft drinks
$69.00 per child (6-12 yrs)
•    Lo Hei Buffet Lunch: 11,12, 16 February, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday (12 noon to 2.30pm)
$68.00 per adult
$34.00 per child (6-12yrs)
•    Lo Hei Buffet Champagne Brunch: 10 February, Sunday (12 noon to 3.30pm)
$168.00 per adult with unlimited Möet and Chandon vintage champagne, selected cocktails/mocktails, house pour red/white wine, soft drinks and fruit flavoured sparkling mineral water
$84.00 per child (6-12 yrs)
•    Loi Hei Buffet Dinner:10 to 12 and 16 February, Sunday to Tuesday and Saturday (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
$98.00 per adult
$49.00 per child (6-12yrs)

All prices are subject to 10 percent service charge and prevailing government taxes unless otherwise stated. 

Summer Pavilion
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore  039799

Tel:  6434 5288
Email: rc.sinrz.restaurantreservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm daily

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