Hua Ting Restaurant is an upmarket Chinese restaurant located in Orchard Road. You might remember Orchard hotel for their international buffet we visited previously, known for their Boston lobsters and similarly run by the Grand Copthorne hotel group. Let’s check out their oriental Huating restaurant offerings with a dine in today.
Moreover, Hua Ting restaurant is located at the second floor of the Orchard hotel tucked on the near outskirts of the shopping district. Moreover, the am looking at is Hua Ting’s 8 course meal is brought to you by their award winning in-house Chef Lap Fei. This culinary spectacle is served via split shift from 11.30am to 2:30pm for lunch time duration, and 6 to 10pm for dinner slots.
A curated 8 course
Let’s get on with the servings. Furthermore, for starters is a platter of an assortment of cold items. Items includes Chilled Asparagus Lettuce, Enoki Mushroom, Truffle, stuffed bean curd, crab Roe, smoked duck and hand roll.
The best item here would be the smoked duck roll, it is pre-wrapped and loaded with juicy sauce and tender duck meat. The stuffed bean curd and lettuce does seem rather out of place, but still completes the appetizer and first course.
Additionally, the move to more sustainable soup options (instead of shark’s fin) includes Braised bird nest with egg white. The soup has an eggy texture and is stewed together with chicken stock. It brings about a rather rich tasty broth which is surprisingly clear and smooth to the throat.
A seafood focus
A number of dishes have a seafood focus. One is their Wok-fired scallops, asparagus with homemade X.O sauces. It is tad a puny dish which would probably disappoint on quantity gluttons like myself, but pleases in terms of the flavour and taste of the dish. The asparagus is crunchy and is lightly fried with seasoned chilli giving it a small punch in taste.
Also, the same can be also said for their next dish, the Pan-fired halibut fillet and soy sauce. The fish is lightly seared on one side while creamy and juicy on the inside. Interestingly, it comes with a leafy green leaf which surprisingly fresh and therapeutically crunchy. Not with the guilt that you are eating the dish decoration.
In addition, eye catching and quality dishes includes their South African abalone and wild mushrooms. It sits on top of a bed of stuffed bean curd gluten. It is one of the nicest looking dishes and the abalone is chewy and infused with an adequate amount of sauce without being too overwhelming. Also, the abalone is thick yet chewy
It is fine dining after all
Wrapping up your main dishes is their Stewed noodles with Boston lobster. These small lobsters are a recognisable trademark in Grand Copthorne hotel group restaurants, such as the Food Capital at Riverside. This dish is also a noodle dish which is tad underwhelming if you are expecting more vegetables than noodles. But that is what you get with course-menu fine dining.
The last 2 courses are merged into a dessert dish comprising of Chilled Guava and Chilled Hibiscus Jelly and red bean pastry. It is served together on an elongated dessert plate. The Hibiscus Jelly and red bean desserts are hand-made with the pastry still warm when served on a long plate.
Also, the chilled guava is more of a thick jelly drink with cubes of fruit like soursop papaya within. I was expecting bit more for the dessert, like bowls of sweet jelly or red bean, but I guess this is a different take on traditional Chinese desserts.
Best dined with 1-1 specials
This 8 course set meal at Hua Ting Restaurant costs $108 per person. I will strongly recommend to dine using 1-1 offers which the frequently restaurant runs in partnership with several local banks. With a 1-1 discount, henceforth, we are looking at a value offering of about $60 per head for this 8 course meal which is pretty good value for the quality and service offered. It is definitely one of the more affordable offerings here in the restaurant.
All in all, Huating is a fine restaurant offering rather great quality fine-dining with a good ambience to boot, and when paired with dining deals offers an irresistible value offering with quality which is hard to beat.
Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid
Huating Restaurant Locality Map
Orchard Hotel Singapore,
Level 2, 442 Orchard Rd,
Opening Hours daily: 11:30am- 10:00pm