May 15, 2015
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel ~ Best Signatures Of All Time!
Happy 20th Anniversary to Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒! The stalwart of Cantonese cuisine stays strong amid this competitive F&B scene, and 20 years is certainly a milestone worth commemorating. This could be the perfect time to savor the delicacies at Wan Hao with their launch of The Best Signatures of All Time featuring 20 of the most popular and award-winning ala carte dishes since 1995! Woohoo! Are you salivating already?
If the mere mention of it has already made you drool, then do not wait too long to make your way over to level 3 of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel where Wan Hao is located, because this dining special is only available for a limited period from 4th May to 31st July 2015.
Tip: Go on Mondays and enjoy selected dishes at only $20++! Irresistible right?!
Admittedly, I wasn't sure what to expect during this first visit of mine as I walked into the space elegantly set in black and gold with beautiful Chinese calligraphy on its walls, but as I sat down at my table reading the list of 20 dishes, it was enough to whet my appetite in anticipation.
You can imagine my moment of happiness as the menu manifested into edible reality. Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste 脆皮百花乳猪件 ($30) was exactly what the name implies, with juicy prawn paste sandwiched between a layer of crackling suckling pig skin and crispy cracker. Interestingly enjoyable.
This was followed quickly by a flavorful Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood 海鲜瓜粒汤 ($18) and Pan-fried Fresh Scallop with Shrimp Paste in Spicy Szechuan Sauce 天赋百花煎酿玉带 ($32). I wish the spiciness of the latter was of a higher level, ditto for the Claypot Eggplant & Minced Pork with Spicy Sauce 梅辣肉松茄子煲 ($22) which tingled the tastebud with tanginess of tomato rather than fieriness one would expect from a spicy sauce.
It was a toss-up between the Wan Hao Special Crispy Chicken 万豪脆皮炸子鸡 ($22 half / $40 whole) and Wok-fried Australian Beef Tenderloin & Chilled Marinated Sour Plum Pear 水晶梨牛柳粒 ($30) for my favorite dish of the evening. Both meats were equally delectable but my heart eventually went to the succulent chicken for its simplicity yet perfection in execution. Apparently, both dishes have been really well-received and are mainstays in the regular menu too.
Fans of waxed meat will find the Wok-fried Lotus Leaf Rice 腊味飘香荷叶饭 ($12 per pax) exceedingly pleasing as it brims with two types of Chinese preserved sausages (腊肠 & 膶腸), one of which I think is the liver variety.
Dinner ended with a refreshing dessert, Cold Lemongrass Jelly with Red Wine Granite and Dragonfruit Balls 火龙果红酒雪 ($13). Top marks for its pretty presentation too!
All in all, the meal at Wan Hao was a satisfying one. Though it wasn't peppered with any major creativeness or overly fancy ingredients, it was memorable in an unpretentious way. I believe regular patrons will give a nod to its steadfast culinary standard over these years too.
I would recommend this restaurant for business luncheons, family gatherings, or to you who are simply looking to indulge in some scrumptious Cantonese dishes.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Contact: +65 6735 5800
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm / Sat, Sun & PH Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm