Dim Sum Brunch at Mandarin Oriental

In Singapore, brunching is huge, especially on the weekends. People tend to show up at around 11am, and enjoy Prosecco or Bloody Marys until 2pm or 3pm. Most brunch spots offer the usual- Eggs Benedict, Pancakes… you know the deal.

Recently, Mandarin Oriental in Singapore invited me over to try their Dim Sum brunch at Cherry Garden, one of their many restaurants. I’m a huge fan of dim sum, especially in Singapore, so I was pretty much sold straight away. I love the fact that it offers a different alternative to brunch.

Coupled with a premium selection of unique Chinese teas, the buffet features delicate dim sum classics with a contemporary twist, including Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Spinach, Steamed Pork Siew Mai with Baby Abalone, Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew Bao, Steamed Custard Bun with Yam, just to name a few.

We also tried a few very unusual dishes, such as the Sha Cha Beef Dumplings, Wafer-Wrapped Cod Fillet with Black Pepper, as well as Deep-Fried Escargot Dumplings.

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I love the fact that the brunch is a buffet, but not in the sense that you need to go up and fetch food. Instead, there’s a menu, and you can order as much as you want off it.

Apart from the selection of dim sum, the brunch also includes a wide variety of Cherry Garden signature dishes, ranging from appetisers; such as Braised Beef Fillet with Five Spices and Sea Salt, Drunken Chicken in Hua Diao and Rose Dew Chinese Wine, to other highlights, including; Crispy Wasabi-Aoli Prawns with Fresh Mango and Fish Roe, Steamed Live Prawns with Minced Garlic, Braised Cod Fillet with Spinach Tofu, Deep-Fried Chinese Bun with Chilli Crab Meat Sauce, or Yin Yang Black Sesame Fried Rice with String Beans and Char Siew.

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To end things off, there’s an equally exotic selection of desserts to choose from- Cherries in Nui Er Hong and Kuei Hwa Chen Chinese Wine Cocktail Jelly, served with Lychee Sorbet, or a refreshing Chilled Osmanthus Jelly. I’m not such a fan of Asian desserts- there’s seldom cake or fondant or anything like that- more cold desserts- jellies, sorbets and the like.

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If you want to taste a variety of Asian food, including great dim sum, I’d definitely recommend the brunch. It is priced at SGD 68 per person, and is available on Saturdays and Sundays with unlimited dim sum, soups, appetisers, main courses, and desserts. It is available for two seatings, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 1.30pm to 3.00 pm.

To book, contact Cherry Garden at +65 6885 3500.

xxx H