PUBLISHED March 6th, 2014 09:00 am | UPDATED May 22nd, 2017 05:30 pm
Gardens by The Bay might not seem like an obvious destination for a spot of dim sum, but throw into the equation the presence of Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, sister to the Chef Yong Bing Ngen of Majestic Restaurant and Jing, and suddenly it becomes altogether a different matter.
Tucked away below the Flower Dome, you would be forgiven for being oblivious to its existence. However, its small entrance gives way to a spacious, bright and uplifting restaurant, with live seafood tanks to greet you on arrival, and an interior which takes its cue from nautical themes reflecting the views onto the waterfront of Marina Bay.
While the menu here focuses on seafood treasures with the restaurant best known for causing a stir with its “Kopi” Crab, our purpose on this visit was to sample their dim sum menu which is available on both weekdays and weekends. Created by Guangzhou-born Chef Li Shou Tao who has been making dim sum for over two decades (so he should know best!) the menu presents a varied selection of 24 dishes with old favourites sitting alongside more innovative dishes.
Our dim sum adventure began with the staple test Steamed Prawn Dumplings ($5.50, 4 pcs). Fresh, juicy, plump with excellent texture and taste, so much so that they were very much able to hold their own without the customary splash in the soy sauce dish.
The Pan-fried Radish Cake with Preserved Meats ($4.80, 3pcs) was absolutely faultless in texture – soft yet compact centre, pan-fried to perfection and truly delectable.
While the Steamed Goose Liver and Wild Mushroom Dumplings ($5.50, 3pcs) sounded exciting, unfortunately they were a little too subtle on taste for our liking. But the Crispy Yam Dumplings with Minced Pork ($4.20, 3 pcs) made up for things on the taste stakes with its incredibly light batter and tasty filling.
A must order here is their signature Seared Chilli Crab Meat Bun ($5.50, 3 pcs – pictured above). A light, sweet, bun popping with sesame seeds and a rich crab filling makes this a delicious local take on dim sum.
If you’re feeling playful, the Steamed Yellow Duck with Chocolate and Yam Stuffing ($4.80) is hands down the cutest dim sum we have ever seen. Although this one is more about the novelty factory than taste, you will delight at picking off its head and tucking into it just for sheer fun factor. Otherwise the Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Fresh Cream Stuffing ($4.80 for 3 pcs) is a luxurious, coconut-ty ending to round things off.
So if you’re bored of the usual dim sum spots and keen to try the offerings at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant but worried about the overall price tag, the weekend and weekday dim sum menus provide a worthy, pleasurable and value for money way of doing just that.
Written by Ms Demeanour
On this occasion the meal was compliments of Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant