Lai Wah Restaurant
Lai Wah Restaurant was the world's 1st restaurant to serve Yu-Sheng during Chinese New Year in 1964. Founded by two of the four 'Heavenly Kings' of Cantonese cuisine in Singapore, Lai Wah Restaurant specialises in traditional and authentic Cantonese Zi Char dishes.
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Traditional And Authentic Cantonese Chinese Zi Char
Traditional and authentic Cantonese Chinese cuisine is known for its roast meats, soups, and liberal use of sauces. Lai Wah Restaurant has been serving up both old and new Zi Char Cantonese favourites since 1963, and is considered a heritage restaurant in Singapore. The claim to fame for Lai Wah Restaurant stems from its founders, Grandmaster chefs Mr. Tham Yui Kai (Tham Yew Kai) and Mr. Lau Yoke Pui, widely consided as 2 of the 4 'Heavenly Kings' of Cantonese Chinese cuisine in Singapore.
Ambience at Lai Wah Restaurant has stood still since the 70s. The restaurant is still in the same location, with more or less the same furniture, and the whole place looks dated. In fact, Lai Wah Restaurant looks so unassuming and plain, that a typical passerby might not even know that this is one of Singapore's most famous restaurants.
Service at Lai Wah Restaurant is excellent. Staff are well trained for service, and it shows in the small details. When we requested to change a spoon, the waitress who brought the new spoon handed it to us, then waited a short while when we glanced at it to inspect for stains. Only when we placed it down, then she excused herself. Drink cups are regularly kept filled, and food is served quite fast. Cleanup and turning over of tables is done within 5 minutes or less. Thumbs up as well for the complimentary desserts!
Food at Lai Wah Restaurant is the traditional, authentic, Cantonese Chinese style Zi Char. Lai Wah Restaurant is credited with inventing 2 popular Zi Char dishes, namely the Yam Basket With Prawns And Cashew Nuts in 1960, and Yu Sheng / Raw Fish Salad in 1964. In general, most of the dishes at Lai Wah Restaurant are very tasty, and most people order their signature dishes. Expect liberal use of sauces in most dishes, as well as cooking methods that involve boiling / stewing / steaming / roasting.
Prcies are surprisingly affordable and rather cheap at Lai Wah Restaurant. Also, do note that many of the signature dishes require advance orders of at least 2 days, including the Fried Crispy Prawns, Garoupa Fish In 2 Styles, Lobster Cold Dish, Chili Crab, Pi Pa Duck, Superior Shark's Fin Soup, Roast Suckling Pig and Buddha Jump Over The Wall. Making reservations before dining at Lai Wah Restaurant are recommended, as it's typically fully booked.