Red Star Restaurant

F April 16, 2012
 
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Fortunate
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
5.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
From what I know, Red Star has ceased to operate just recently and I was one of the fortunate customers who managed to get a taste of its Dim Sum before it closed.

Unlike other Dim Sum eateries, Red Star was pretty much like a high class restaurant and I really loved how the entire hall was furnished such that it was suitable for a wedding anytime.

My family and I ordered quite a number of dishes and one of the best food that I would name would be none other than its century egg porridge.

However, other dim sums tasted average and did not meet my expectations as I have always read articles commending its dim sum. I was a little disappointed but overall, it was an enjoyable meal as the food were still acceptable.
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Traditional
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I came here for my birthday lunch one year with my family since I've heard so much about this Dim Sum place and wanted to try it out for myself. The first impression wasn't really great - the place was really crowded, as it was lunch hour, and it was rather noisy and hot.

We were sat down at a table after awhile, and I quickly learned how food was served here - on pushcarts. My parents who were with me told me that this was how they usually served Dim Sum in ancient times. It was an interesting experience for me to see waitresses pushing carts of dim sum around the restaurant and stopping to serve customers who raise their hands.

The food there was okay, nothing really great, but not bad either. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and might come here again if it wasn't so packed.

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Nothing memorable
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Many people go to this restaurant for memories but for me, there is nothing memorable in this restaurant. If using nostalgia as an excuse to not do renovation for a restaurant can be accepted by you, then this may be your restaurant. If using utensils that seemed to have been used for more than ten years let you recall memories of your youth or even childhood, then you may like this restaurant.

Personally, I was still okay with the renovations and utensils but I was disappointed with the food. I came here expecting good food and the best I could say about the food was that they were only slightly above average. If I had not come with such high expectations, the food may have tasted better and I would have gone away with better memories of this restaurant.
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Poor service and slightly overpriced food in a vintage Chinese restaurant setting
(Updated: December 13, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I have been to Red Star twice. The first was on a Saturday, at about 2 pm. We headed there with the purpose of eating dim sum but their dim sum starts early and ends early. I asked one of the staff for the timing that they are open for dim sum for and she (prc) rolled her eyes and pointed at the menu on the table which stated the new timings for dim sum. I quelled my anger and settled for lunch instead with my friend.

The food was not bad, and pricing though not cheap, was still affordable. However, I expected the pricing to be cheaper for an old restaurant.

The second time my friend and I headed down, we made it for dim sum (we were there at about 10 am). We had to queue for a short while and were brought to a table at a corner of the room. This made ordering difficult. The ladies will push the carts carrying the dim sum and because the restaurant is so big and the corner tables are all jam-packed together, they will just avoid pushing between the corner tables. In the end, we had to go to them and get the dim sum that we wanted to eat. And we were not alone; others were doing it too.

The dim sum was alright, pricing was not cheap either.

All in all, taking into account the lack of service, the slightly pricey food for that food quality, and the stressful feeling I felt while eating dim sum, I doubt I will be back.

The only saving grace is the vintage Chinese restaurant setting. I have never been to a Chinese restaurant in Singapore with a setting as vintage as this one.

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Do not expect high class service.
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Yep, do not expect high class service in this restaurant that dates back into history. Enjoy the rowdiness instead. Why do i say that? That is because this place is a classic restaurant. Many seniors patronize this restaurant and some were even regulars. They are mostly accompanied by their children and grandchildren on the weekend mornings.

I was there with a female friend for breakfast. We met Kim Ng and her family and grandmother in the lift on the way up to the restaurant. Guess that's how popular this restaurant is, whether it's with the elderlys or the celebrities.

We ordered a lot of dim sum there and what was memorable was the xiao long bao. The xiao long bao we had was not the usual soup filled kind. The bao was kind of soggy and there was no soup. The filling was not to my liking either. It was not soft and chewy but crunchy and hard.

Other than that, the rest of the dim sum were great and i love it. Love the classic pushing of trolleys filled with dim sum around the restaurant and shouting out what the aunties had in their trolleys. I had never experienced something like that before.

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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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old gem!!
(Updated: May 09, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Red Star restaurant has been around for decades and the reason is simple. It serves simple food at its best!

It is located about ten minutes away from my place and it is a place my family and I always frequent on one of the weekend mornings. Service is quick as they have those push trolleys being pushed around constantly. You tell the waitress what you want and it the steaming baskets would be placed on your table almost immediately. You don't have to order and wait for the food to arrive. Of course, if the food you want is not available on the trolley, the order will be sent to the kitchen. I love the fried carrot cake as well. They have a trolley with a pan attached to it. The carrot cake will be fried as they walk around. The carrot cake has crispy edges (my favorite part!) and a nice and moist centre. Very satisfying.

Simple food like steamed dumplings, roast pork buns and congee are the star attractions of this restaurant. It's all old-school food, nothing fancy-pansy and novel about it. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nostalgic as well. Nothing modern at all. It's all decorated the old-fashioned way. Utensils used are heavy as well. All in all, a great no-frills place for authentic Cantonese food! Do come along with a chinese-speaking relative or friend though, as the waitresses and waiters are mostly chinese-speaking.

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