With a history of winning numerous awards, Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden is sure to captivate your taste buds. Post-renovation, the 120-seater restaurant now spots a Chinois chic decor, complete with a dazzling chandelier and floor-to ceiling silk wallpaper screens with motifs of cherry blossoms and graceful birds in the Lotus private dining room. Private rooms at Chinese restaurants tend to cater to larger groups of diners, but at Cherry Garden, you can immerse in the private dining experience even with a small group 4.
In celebration of the new interiors, Executive Chef Cheng Hon Chau presents a new repertoire of Cantonese specialties that will pique the interest of traditionalist and contemporary gourmands.
Our appetites were fired up with the Crispy Wasabi Aioli Prawn, one of Cherry Garden signature items. The classic combination was enhanced with tobiko and basil seeds which lent unique textures and bursts of flavours.
The Prawn Dumpling with Black Garlic ($8) is a appealing upgrade from the typical Har Gao. Hailing from Yunan, the black garlic adds a punch of favour to the succulent and crunchy prawn.
Not a fan of vegetarian dim sum but the Crystal Dumpling with Fresh Mushrooms & Black Truffle ($7) changed my stance! I especially love the earthy aroma of the truffle, which added a luxe factor to the humble ingredients, bundled together with shimmery translucent skin.
Next, we sunk our teeth into the Pork Xiao Long Bao ($7), where pleated delicate dough skin encases refined minced pork and flavoursome stock.
The Double-boiled Soup with Sliced Abalone, Matsutake & Snow Fungus ($28) is a marvel of Cantonese brewing skills. The umami broth has many health benefits, and feels really fortifying.
The Steamed Red Garoupa with Pickled Chillies ($22) is a breath of fresh air from the usual soy sauce or black bean sauce variations. The spicy and tangy chilli sauce went very well with the pristine slab of fish.
The pure bred Wagyu beef used in the Pan-fried A4 Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Sirloin with Cherry Garden BBQ Sauce ($48), flown in directly from the Miyazaki prefecture, is considered to be the highest-quality beef in Japan. The well- marbled, tender beef, redolent in homemade garlic BBQ sauce was absolutely divine!
No Chinese meal is complete without carbs! We sampled the Five Grain Fried Rice with Cantonese Pork Sausage and Vegetables ($24) which comprises of brown, glutinous, white, corn and wild rice. Besides the myriad of textures from the different grains, you’ll also be greeted by little surprises of crunchy rice puffs and savoury Cantonese Pork Sausage in every mouthful.
We rounded up the meal with Cherry Garden’s signature dessert- Cherries in Nu Er Hong & Aged Kuei Hua Wine Cocktail Jelly with Lychee Sorbet ($10), a chilled, refreshing sweet treat that also functioned as a great palate cleanser.
Apart from lunch and dinner service, Cherry Garden also offers Dim Sum Brunch on weekends.
Many thanks to Mandarin Oriental for the invite.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: 6885 3500