Majestic Restaurant – Modern Take on Chinese Food. Foie Gras on Watermelon?
This is my first visit to Majestic Restaurant since its opening in 2006 despite hearing so many positive reviews. Maybe because I had the impression it was expensive, or at least all its surrounding restaurants are expensive.
Housed in Majestic Hotel near Chinatown, Majestic Restaurant is not the typical Chinese restaurant, and seems more suited for the working class and the Westerners. Maybe this is not the place that I would have rowdy family dinners, but I would choose to bring my colleagues and bosses here. Corporate lunches would work fine.
Helmed by award-winning owner chef Yong Bing Ngen, the cuisine is modern Chinese served on individual plating. Therefore not too heavy, not too rich, but may seem to be smaller in portions comparatively.
There is a small selection of dim sum selection, with some offerings similar to Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant at Gardens by The Bay – order the Chili Crab Meat Bun.
Majestic’s signature dish, is something you won’t see in the traditional restaurant – Crispy Wasabi Prawn, Sliced Peking Duck and Pan Seared Foie Gras ($18++).
A little bit of Chinese, Japanese and French in a same dish. In fact, the only ‘Chinese’ thing – the Peking Duck is also not served the usual way.
The favourite part of this plate is the tender explosive-sensation-in-mouth Foie Gras which is served on top a refreshingly sweet piece of watermelon. Chef Yong said that the French used apple, and therefore he wanted to use something different yet creating a similar effect.
Another dish which left an impression is the Stewed Mee Sua with Baby Abalone and Crab Roe ($22++ standard size for 2 to 4 persons). This makes a rather comforting dish with its slurp-worthy broth, without the thickness that most mee sua would come in. Rather light and healthy tasting.
Some of the more popular dishes at Majestic Restaurant include Steamed Fillet of Giant Grouper with fragrant garlic oil and crystal vermicelli in light soya sauce ($18++), Stewed Boston Lobster Noodles with Ginger and Spring Onions ($88++), Pan Seared Fillet of Ribeye in Sesame Dressing ($20++), Claypot Rice with Kampong Chicken ($38++ for medium, $58++ for large).
While some of the dishes are forgettable (because I did have more impressionable Chinese food elsewhere), most are actually of above-average quality, worth the price-point that you are paying for.
Note: The Combination of Crispy Wasabi Prawn, Peking Duck and Pan Seared Foie Gras is a ‘WISH DISH” whereby Majestic Restaurant would be donating 50% of the proceeds from this dish to MAKE-A-WISH Foundation. This is a meaningful project by WishDishSG and 8DaysEat, till 31st Oct.
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089845 (Outram MRT) Tel: +65 6511 4718
Opening Hours: 11:45am-3pm (last order 2:30pm), 6pm-10:30pm (last order 10pm), Closed Monday
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