Dim Sum at Hai Tien Lo

The Wife was craving for some nice Dim Sum, and came across this Dim Sum a la carte buffet promotion at Hai Tien Lo. This is an award-winning fine-dining Cantonese cuisine restaurant located at Level 37 of the Pan Pacific Hotel. With breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline and the habour, this is the sort of place to go to impress business partners and clients. You’d probably think it will cost a lot to dine there.

Yes, unless, of course, you take advantage of some great promotion. Our Dim Sum a la carte buffet lunch costs just $48 nett per pax ($24 nett for children).

(Okay, in case you get all excited about heading down to Hai Tien Lo right away, you need to know that they are closed until August this year, as part of the Pan Pacific Hotel’s “transformation”. Check back with them again in August.)

The view out of the window is awesome.

Looks gloomy? Well, a thunderstorm was brewing. Midway through our lunch, visibility was so bad that Raffles City had completely disappeared. It felt so good to be indoors, enjoying lunch, when it is pouring as bad as it did that afternoon.

Here’s a glimpse at the menu. Click to zoom in to read the text.

There’s quite a bit of limitations in the food selection. For example, you can only choose two types of appetizers per table, and just a single serving each. There are, however, other sections in the menu where you can have unlimited servings.

The dim sum is prepared only when you order them, so it does take some time for your order to be served. This is unlike mass-prepared dim sum places where everything is ready to be served instantly.

So, while we were waiting for our food, we satisfied our hunger with walnuts and hae bee hiam. They were both very good.

Our orders came, and we promptly dug in. We were hungry. Look at the food that we had. Everything was good, everything was freshly prepared.

Of course, we did like some dishes more than others. My personal favourites are:

  • Fried Prawn tossed in Wasabi Mayonnaise
  • Hot & Sour Seafood Soup
  • Sauteed sliced Black Skin Pig with assorted Bell Pepper in Teriyaki Sauce
  • Braised Beef Brisket with Dried Scallop & Mushroom

Service at Hai Tien Lo was impeccable. As a premium fine-dining restaurant, I’d expect that.

If you’re thinking of visiting, remember they’re closed these couple of months. Check back again in August 2012.