Not many people know this (myself included) but Amara Singapore Hotel is home to pretty impressive Chinese restaurant - Silk Road. Influenced heavily by Sichuan cuisine, Silk Road offers a curated selection of Chinese Tea and culinary delights that are affordably price (for a restaurant located within a hotel). Read on to find out more about the highlights from the Lunar New Year (2017) menu this year!
I really enjoyed the appetisers here at Silk Road and as mentioned earlier, the restaurant serves up various Sichuan dishes and the flavours can be seen across many dishes (including the appetisers!).
Silk Road has her signature Eight-treasure Yu Sheng which comes with house-cured salmon, golden silver fish, crispy fish skin, sliced abalone, ikura roe, tobiko roe and pomelo before being drenched in the chef's signature Sichuan garlic sauce (instead of the usual Plum Sauce). If you are looking for an alternative version, the Thai restaurant (Thanying Restaurant) located on the same level offers what I dare say is the best-tasting yu sheng I have had this year. The Salmon Yu Sheng by Thanying Restaurant features a combination of yam strips, green mango and fresh vegetables that are tossed in quintessential Thai flavours (think fish sauce, fresh lime juice and chili padi).
If you are looking for something comforting this Lunar New Year (especially with the recent thunderstorms in Singapore), you will not go wrong with this hearty Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng and Gastrodia Root. The soup is delightfully comforting with the natural sweetness from the chicken broth which is contrasted with the slight bitterness of the Ginseng.
Fish-lovers must not miss out on the opportunity to try the signature Soy-glazed Baked Cod with Bonito Sauce. Cooked perfectly to retain texture and bite, the baked cod is generously flavoured with a delicious bonito sauce.
Silk Road also does a pretty good Beijing Roasted Duck and even though it was nowhere as impressive as Jiang Nan Chun (which has the best Peking Duck in Singapore if you ask me), it was still roasted masterfully while retaining all the flavours in the moist duck flesh. The skin is eaten on its own (with some sugar) before the rest are rolled up in a traditional way.
As part of the Lunar New Year tasting, we also got to sample the Stir-fried Fish Maw with Dried Mushroom and Crabmeat from Thanying Restaurant. As I have mentioned earlier in the post, Thanying Restaurant is located within Amara Singapore Hotel as well.
The Steamed Fragrant Rice with Salted Fish, Chinese Sausage and Waxed Meat from Silk Road is a crowd favourite.
Silk Road is definitely a restaurant that I wish I learnt about sooner - the food is delicious and affordably priced (set dinner starts at S$48++ per person). If you are looking for honest-to-good food without wanting to break the bank, Silk Road seems to be a pretty good candidate.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.