Old Hong Kong Group founded by Hong Konger Victoria Li has a interesting business model, with 6 different restaurants at 6 price markets. There is the casual 24-hour Old Hong Kong Tea House at Katong Village, a Bruce Café at University Town targeted at tertiary students, and the very upmarket Old Hong Kong Taste and Old Hong Kong Legend.
If I ask you to name the best Cantonese or Dim Sum restaurants in Singapore, you may rattle off the likes of Crystal Jade, Imperial Treasure, Yan Ting, Royal China or Wah Lok. Few may know that Old Hong Kong Legends at Raffles City is listed among top 5 dim-sum restaurants in Singapore by Lifestyle Asia.
I was invited for an Imperial Dragon Feast which has a carefully crafted with prime ingredients such as abalone, bird nest, sea cucumber and the main star – fresh lobsters. Essentially, this is the best of the best ingredients. And it is very typical Chinese to impress.
Although I did think the ‘dragon’ meal may have come slightly late for the Lunar Dragon year, I was impressed by some of the courses. The appetizer – a Lobster Meat Salad with Pomelo and Mixed Fruits makes a refreshing sweetish starter, and the fruits will add a good balance for the heavier dishes thereafter.
If there is one dish I want to try again, it is the Braised Abalone with sea cucumber soup. This is easily the best soup I had in a long long time. Coming in looking brownish thick, it resembles a creamy Western soup, but the taste is wonderfully lingering with collagen-rich seafood which will send you in a temporary food coma. Superb stuff.
The Baked Lobster covered with a thin layer of cheese is another sumptuous creation of East-meets-West, with chunks of lobster flesh buried with a rich-tasty sauce and black truffles.
The “Imperial Dragon Set Menu” is available at $99++ per person and is probably not meant for the usual lunch gatherings. Possibly works for a business lunch, or when you just want to indulge in lobsters paired with the richest ingredients.
Old Hong Kong Legend
252 North Bridge Road, #02-18 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 3038
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm