Cherry GardenRestaurant, $$$, Chinese, Marina Bay
Opens at: 12:00keyboard_arrow_down
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
- Mon - Fri 12:00-14:30
- 6885 3500
- 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Level 5 Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, S(039797)
- Accept Credit CardYes
- Dress CodeSmart Casual
- Vegetarian Dish5+
- Bring Your Own BottleYes
- Smoking AreaYes
- Car ValetYes
Cherry Garden scores full marks for creating the sense of dwelling in a traditional Chinese courtyard within the confines of the indoor space. While the setting brings one back to the idyllic Qing era, the chef’s interpretation of Cantonese cuisine is contemporary and current. A case in point is the crowd-favourite steamed red garoupa with pickled chilli. The accompanying sauce features a multi-layered umami-spicy kick that complements the fresh and tender flesh of the fish. The double-boiled clear soup with sliced abalone, snow fungus and Yunnan mountain-sourced matsutake is a labour of love made evident in the luscious, flavour-laden broth. Perfect for carb-lovers, the five-grain fried rice with Cantonese pork sausage and vegetables comes with multi- textured rice grains—from chewy wild black rice to crunchy rice crisp—and is a definite indulgence. Desserts are an unusual speciality for a Chinese restaurant, but you’d do well to order the cherries in nu er hong and aged kuei hua chen wine cocktail jelly.
Ask for a table on the elevated platform to get a better view of what’s happening in the main dining hall. The service is exemplary and discreet, which makes the restaurant equally perfect for a quick business lunch or a celebratory family gathering.