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Chinese Restaurants F farshafarsha April 16, 2012 399
Rare Nostalgic Gem
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Service was poor, if you do not call for them, you will not be attended to. Ever. Most waitress only speak Chinese but thankfully there's English translations for the food on the menus. The fact that the dim sum is brought around in trolleys means you can preview the food right before ordering which is a nice feature. However, you will probably end up ordering something you never thought you wanted just because the cart was the only one there and you were really hungry and the next cart's orbit looked like 10 minutes away. But I guess thats how dim sum is supposed to be eaten in the old days, with long waiting times where you slowly enjoy your meals over a long chatting session and a few dishes. So it certainly has its own appeal.

Definitely something the younger generation will not appreciate, I felt impatient and the whole ordeal seemed so inefficient, no wonder the queues were so long!! GRRRR!! Yea and the queues were very long even at 10am in the morning on a Sunday, with mostly older generation Singaporeans driving all the way around Singapore just to eat here - a testament to how popular it is.

Food was a bit pricer with most dishes being $4 or $4.20. There was only one type of chilli and it was mostly chilli and mayo that went with most dishes. Most of the dim sum dishes however were among the best I've eaten and if you go in the morning, there is a wide variety of dim sum, 4 pages long! Red Star is easily within the Top 5 dim sum restaurants in Singapore, although they aren't the best. The dim sum basically seemed a league above the usual ones we even with the limited sauce selection the dishes were extremely appetizing and so were the desserts.

Definitely a place worth visiting at least once just for the nostalgic experience. Dim sum is good but not cheap, service is poor, wait times are long - just like it was in the 60s! But the "blast from the past" especially if you are a child of the 60-80s was heavenly and even more so if you are a tourist visiting and want to experience the traditional atmosphere and eat dim sum in in probably Singapore's most legendary dim sum restaurant which has been conveniently sealed in a 1960 time capsule.

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