Jia Wei Restaurant at Grand Mercure Roxy

March 3, 2012

*Media Invite*

After our cocktails by the pool and tour of the hotel, we were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. We had a cosy little private room all to ourselves. The private room seats 20 (2 round tables of 10), and when not in use, the sliding walls can be removed so that there is more space for for the rest of the restaurant. I liked it one of the walls was made of glass, which allowed us to overlook the hotel lobby. Private dining rooms can be very claustrophobic, with their stark white walls and dim lighting, but this one at Jia Wei had a nice warm ambience to it.

Jia Wei is but one of the 5 restaurants available at Grand Mercure Roxy. Featuring contemporary oriental design and décor amidst a fine-dining ambiance, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant offers both exquisite fusion and authentic Chinese cuisine created by the award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Lee Tuck Seng . Opened in December 2007, the cuisine specialties at Jia Wei include the Traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum ( 香传统港点心), Peking Duck (北京烤鸭), Live Seafood (活海鲜) and Double Boiled Soup (炖汤).

I’m always slightly apprehensive about big blogger events if I’m going alone as I always fear I would be left alone with no one to talk to. I’m not the most extroverted of people although I pretend to try, but really I’m a scaredy cat inside ha! Thank goodness Melvin of A Winsome Life was next to me. Met him at the Greenwich V event just 2 weeks ago! Janet of OMY was at my table too so that was a relief. As usual I worried for nothing because conversation flowed freely and it was a wonderful evening.

Mercure Roxy - Jia Wei (2) Lovely table centrepiece

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The chef here to welcome us as well as to introduce Jia Wei’s signature dishes.

Mercure Roxy - 4 Dim sum Delight)

Deep-fried Seafood Roll with Mixed Fruit
Steamed Scallop Dumpling
Siew Mai with Cordyceps Flower
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Shark’s Fin

It was great to have dim sum for dinner. I’m the type of person that can have dim sum any time of the day. I was really pleased to find out that you can even order dim sum as late as 5pm! I know you can always go to the hawker centre types for late night dim sum, but the standard there is really terrible! For me, good dim sum is made with prawns, not pork! The dim sum at Jia Wei is pretty good, although there is room for improvement, such as in the skin of the prawn dumpling, which was slightly thick.

Mercure Roxy - DOUBLE BOILED FISH MAW SOUP WITH CORDYCEPS FLOWER, ABALONE AND CONPOYDouble boiled fish maw soup with cordyceps flower, abalone and conpoy

For those of you who feel like you need some nourishment, this is a very good soup to order. It is loaded with good stuff and you can tell that the liquid has been infused with the nutrients from the ingredients as it makes your lips sticky when you press them together. That’s collagen that’s causing the stickiness! Soup that just happens to be thickened with starch will not make your lips sticky. Try this trick out.

Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck Peking Duck

The Peking Duck elicited lots of excited ”oohs” and ”ahhs” from our table. Seriously, who can resist this? The skin was crispy and the flesh tender. Paired with the pancake and some sauce, it tasted really wonderful.

Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck Sauce Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck slices in Pancake wrappers Slivers of duck within the pancake, just calling out my name.

Mercure Roxy - Deep Fried Butter Prawn Deep fried butter prawns with pumpkin sauce and curry leaf

This was definitely the most unique and delicious dish for me the entire evening. I mean everyone’s tasted butter prawns. But butter prawns in pumpkin sauce, with a hint of curry? I’ve never come across this combination before but it was fantastic. I really loved the pumpkin/curry sauce. It wasn’t spicy at all yet there was a curry flavour in the background. The prawn was humongous and I thought it was crayfish at first. Definitely order this when you are at Jia Wei!

Mercure Roxy - BRAISED BEANCURD WITH LUFFA MELON, CRABMEAT AND CRAB ROE Braised beancurd with Luffa Melon, crabmeat and crab roe

A beautiful and healthy dish, with the crab roe to jazz up an otherwise common piece of bean curd.

Mercure Roxy - Laksa Laksa

Think this is not available at Jia Wei Restaurant itself, but at another eatery in the hotel. I don’t often eat Laksa but I think I can appreciate a good one. The broth has to be rich and satisfying, that would be the utmost minimum criteria for me! Glad to say that the laksa broth here was pretty good, not overly spicy too. The chef was very generous with the ingredients, you can see they are almost spilling out of the bowl.

Mercure Roxy - DURIAN PASTE & DURIAN CAKE DELIGHT Durian Paste and Durian Cake delight!

And last but not least….the durian dessert. The durian cake was surprisingly pretty light despite the durian filling! It had a mild taste, which would please light tasters, but I guess super durian lovers would want something stronger. Perhaps they should get the durian paste on the side and plaster it to the cake and eat it at the same time. That was what I did …..

Mercure Roxy - Jia Wei

Jia Wei restaurant decor and another private room.

mercure roxy 1 All the bloggers sucking in their tummies and smiling for the camera after a wonderful dinner at Jia Wei Restaurant.

I had a good time at the dinner last week. I certainly wouldn’t mind going back to Jia Wei to sample more of its dishes in the future, especially since I live in the East.

BTW, Jia Wei also does takeaways. So if you know you’re not going to have time to cook or eat out, and yet you want something filling and tasty, you can order your meal online at Jia Wei Express. They’ll cook your meal in advance and you can pick it up when you’re off work! Is that convenient or what? Check out Jia Wei Express here!

There are a total of 5 eateries at Grand Mercure Roxy:-

Click here to read about my post on the Hotel Rooms and Poolside cocktails.

*A very big thanks to Grand Mercure Roxy and OMY.SG for hosting the wonderful evening.

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