Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant Review Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy - Chilled Homemade Coconut Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream

Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant probably isn’t the first restaurant that comes to mind when you’re looking for restaurants in East Coast. In fact, Chinese cuisine probably isn’t your first choice in an area that’s best known for their cosy cafes and relaxing bars. However, if you’re looking for a comforting meal, you have to check out this Chinese restaurant that’s located near Roxy Square and Parkway Parade.

On the second floor of Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant serves authentic Hong Kong dimsum and Chinese dishes with a touch of modernity.

Blue dim sum

While I do have to admit, dyeing their dim sum blue is rather gimmicky. But, it tasted like authentic Hong Kong dim sum.

The Jia Wei Butterfly Pea Har Gow ($7.8) had a crunchy prawn and a thing and smooth skin. Meanwhile, the Blue Volcano Custard Bun ($7.8) was fluffy. The salted egg filling was umami, and not too sweet.

The average prices of dimsum from other authentic Hong Kong restaurants are slightly cheaper. However, if you’re hosting a meal for your clients, or celebrating an occasion, Jia Wei’s dimsum is unbeatable in terms of presentation. You can also opt for a private room with a minimum spending of $800++ for lunch and $1,000++ for dinner (best to contact restaurant for the exact price while making a reservation).

Fusion Chinese food

You wouldn’t expect something as deep-fried and heavy as soft shell crab as a starter. But boy was this appetising. The Crispy Local Soft Shell Crab with Ice Plant, Ume Infused Tomato, Yuzu Dressing ($22) was light and tangy, and surprisingly refreshing too.

Kudos to the chefs for deep-frying the crab just right, so that it didn’t have an oily mouthfeel and fatty flavour. But of course, the complementing elements also ensured that it was appetiser-appropriate. The ice plant was crunchy and refreshing, almost like biting into solid water. Meanwhile, the yuzu dressing and ume-infused tomato was tangy.

Moving onto the mains.

The Corn-fed Har Cheong Chicken Slider, Yuzu Dressing ($28) came in a generous portion. Crispy, perfectly-marinated prawn paste chicken, which wasn’t salty at all unlike many other varieties I’ve tried. The yuzu sauce, same one used in the soft shell crab dish, also added another layer of flavour to the dish.

One of our go-to Chinese dish is salted-egg prawns (yes, I have not grown out of that phase yet). Jia Wei’s Crispy Deep Ocean Prawn, Creamy Butternut Sauce ($34) was a healthier variation, coating the crispy prawns in a creamy butternut sauce. The sauce is blended with condensed milk. In theory, it should have an earthy, nutty and slightly sweet flavour. But oddly, it tasted just like salted-egg sauce.

The Head Chef of Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant also mentioned that they fry the prawn with a secret technique that results in its crunchy texture.

Our favourite dish of the day is the Jia Wei Ocean Gems Vermicelli in Opeh Leaf ($28). Think of your classic white beehoon, but elevated with the fragrance of opeh leaf. To be honest, it was hard for me to detect exactly what opeh smelled like. But, the older generation would be able to recognise its distinct aroma, since opeh was what old-school hawker centers would use to package takeaway foods, instead of the brown paper that is commonly used today.

Just when you think that the unconventional blue dimsum can’t be topped, the staff served their Chilled Homemade Coconut Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream ($14), one of Jia Wei’s recommended dish. Serving coconut desserts in a coconut husk is quite a standard practice in most restaurants by now. So Jia Wei one upped everyone by serving the husk in a bowl of chilled ice and fresh flowers, encapsulating the dessert in a thick white fog for a grandeur presentation.

Grand Mercure Christmas promo menu

Grand Mercure Hotel will be launching their Festive Goodies Takeaway from 11 November, and this Chocolate Hazelnut Magnum is just simply divine.

It’s rich, creamy, tasting very similar to a Ferrero Rocher, but less sweet. Its highlight is its thin layer of chocolate on the edge, which is inspired by the coating on a Magnum ice cream bar.

The festive menu also includes Rendang Turkey, Pilaf Rice, Roasted Potatoes, Achar, and their Signature MSW Durian Log Cake.

To place your order, either call +65 6340 5882, or order from Oddle.

Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant

Location: 50 East Coast Road, Marine Parade Rd, Roxy Square, 428769
Opening hours:
12–3pm, 6–10pm (closed on Mondays)

*This article is written in partnership with Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

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