Cherry Garden was once my fave for Dim Sum restaurant but later felt Shang Palace at Shangri-La was more to my liking.
One thing I kinda don't like the cluster here was the closed proximity of Marina Mandarin and Mandarin Oriental hotel, if you fail to remember which hotel this restaurant is, just remembering the Mandarin word, then you will be in trouble. As so, it happened to me.
Stepping into Cherry Garden, the one thing impressed you the most is their interior decor, their imitating of how the tea pavilion looks like in China, complete with few bamboo branches on the terrace, but this being recreated indoor.
Staff also dressed in elegant silk uniform with courteous and friendly smiles beaming at you from start of service until end.
Cherry Garden certainly is more on exquisite and elegant representation of cantonese dim sum; its different from the regular dim sum items you've seen.
I found a bit let down not in its dishes but on the menu, it's too elaborate in explanation and totally different from normal interpretation of ordering your normal dim sum. Yes, you could inform the waiting staff of what you want to order, e.g.: siew mai, har gauw, char siew pau and she would picked it up. But I wish, they tone down their menu, but it certainly put a distance from normal dim sum menu.
Ambience would be ideal for your long lunch with group of family members or friends. With its prompt service and good quality cantonese dishes, it's a good lunch destination.
But for me, I felt my Shang Palace's Har Gauw calling is too strong for me to resist.
View from our table
Seats along the window...such a nice daylight
It just remind you of tea pavilion in China
Our table arrangement, luv the orange hues flower against this cherry wood table
The elegant silk covered menu
Hmmm, definitely a different appetiser from other chinese restaurant; its egg coated peanut with hints of spiciness
Our Still Water
The honey-glazed kurobuta char siew, its thicker and grilled to perfection, a must-try for char siew lovers
The kurobuta char siew, so fluffly and tasty
The siew mai, again, another different style and its in bigger size too. it may look very firm but it was soft when you took a bite
I was so surprised seeing the Har Gauw; with its golden streaks, it looks like an artsy version of Har Gauw for display and not for eating...The skin definitely a firmer version that my usual one with big prawn
A truffle scallop and prawn dumpling; look how pretty it was and have no doubt how it tasted once you had it in your mouth
Wanted to order the crispy egg noodle but it was finished so we got this wonderful fried ee-fu noodle, cooked with sliced of veggie...it's just a good simple combo to compliment the other dishes
For veggie lovers, you would luv this asparagus cooked with spicy xo sauce. To me, Asparagus is one of the difficult veggie to cook and I must applaud the Chef in Cherry Garden to come out with this dish. It certainly the tastiest asparagus I've ever had
The fried tofu topped with seaweed and spinach, again, an exquisite take on tofu. Great tofu indeed!
Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 63380066
Opens daily for:
Lunch from 12 pm to 2.30 pm
Dinner from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Weekend Champagne Dim Sum Bruch from 11 am to 1 pm (1st seating) and 1.30 pm to 3 pm (2nd seating)