Singapore is nation synonymous with wealth, exoticism and great food. It is one of the world's great culinary destinations and sees a continual influx of gourmets and expectant diners from all over the globe. Perhaps then it is not that surprising to find one of the superstars of the Hong Kong dining scene opening his new restaurant in this famed country of delectable wonders.
One On The Bund Hot
Not fine dining standards!
I have to admit that I'm not one who likes to splurge money on Chinese food. After all, I can get the best home-cooked Chinese food for free at home! Somehow, when my friends suggested to try this place out, I was swayed due to the peer pressure and ambience (we checked it out online). It turned out to be one costly mistake. When we entered, we were greeted by the staff but at the same time, we could see another waitress stopping some tourists from walking through the restaurant. This site is supposed to be the national heritage of Singapore! As I understand, this place was only rented out to the restaurant on the condition that they would allow people to take a look around the historical site! A bad impression was already forming in my mind. Would I have been in the same position as the tourist had I not chosen to dine there?
The wait staff were not of fine dining standards. Only some of them speak English because most of the waiters are PRCs. Do make sure you have some Chinese-speaking friends with you. When the dishes came, it fell short of our expectations given the price. Their signature long beans were good but too oily. The whole Peking duck we ordered, which cost us $88 turned out to be only slices of it. The chef came out and impressively cut slices of the duck for us. The rest of the duck was then carried back to the kitchen! We were absolutely stunned! According to the waiter, if we want the entire duck, we would have to request for it to be made into soup, for which we have to top an addition $40.
We all felt that it was rip-off. Also, to end off, be prepared to smell like roasted duck when you come out of the restaurant. They roast the duck in the restaurant and there's no ventilation. Honestly, we were only paying for the view. It is the worst ever dining experience I've had to date.