As one of the original modern Chinese diners in the city, Chef’s Gallery has built up a reputation and is now moving one step further in living up to its name (literally) as it has started showcasing artworks from contemporary Chinese artists in its restaurants, which you can admire as you dine (or take home if you like, they’re all for sale).
Their menu has also had a bit of a revamp, with some new fusion dishes that aren’t your standard Chinese fare, starting with the Smoked Salmon, Cucumber Ribbon. It features a delicate roll of salty salmon, refreshing cucumber and delicious enoki mushroom, served with a mildly spicy, numbing sauce in Sichuan style leaving you with a tingling sensation.
Smoked Salmon, Cucumber Ribbon and Enoki Mushroom, $12.90
Next up were the buttery Shredded Lamb Roti, which were strongly spiced with cumin and bursting with meat. A very filling and tasty starter with surprisingly impressive roti, best shared with friends.
Shredded Lamb with spicy cumin rolled inside Chinese Roti, $16.90
The lightly battered King Prawns were also a hit, served with a light wasabi mayonnaise and flying fish roe for a Japanese touch. But the punchy flavours in the Roast Deboned Duck definitely left a stronger impression on our tastebuds, thanks to the mint and chilli sauce and sweet, juicy lychees on the side.
King Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Flying Fish Roe, $24.90
Roast Deboned Duck with Mint and Chilli Sauce, $29.90
It’s not a meal at Chef’s Gallery without a serving of their silky, chewy handmade noodles, paired with a tender slow cooked beef brisket, minced beef and some diced fresh chilli for an extra hit. These noodles did not disappoint (considering we got to watch the chef make them for us!), along with the flavoursome Tom Yum Fried Rice with diced chicken, lemongrass and fried basil for a hint of Thai.
Handmade Noodles with Slow Cooked Beef Brisket, $16.90
Tom Yum Fried Rice with Diced Chicken, $16.90
Last but not least, their photogenic Piggy and Eggy Fairyland takes you right back to the playground with their signature fluffy piggy buns encasing a black sesame filling, and their new “eggy” custard bun, served with a strawberry Pocky stick for easy puncturing so that you can watch the custard ooze out with satisfaction.
Piggy and Eggy Fairyland, $24.90
Chef’s Gallery may be known for their handmade noodles and dumplings, but their revamped menu has so much more to offer than just that type of casual fare – they have plenty of fusion mains that will take you on an adventure through the highlights of Asian cuisine and Chinese culture through the artwork adorning their walls.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Chef’s Gallery