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 dÃ©cor 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 ( é¦™ä¼ ç»Ÿæ¸¯ç‚¹å¿ƒ), Peking Duck (åŒ—äº¬çƒ¤é¸), Live Seafood (æ´»æµ·é²œ) and Double Boiled Soup (ç‚–æ±¤).
Iâ€™m always slightly apprehensive about big blogger events if Iâ€™m going alone as I always fear I would be left alone with no one to talk to. Iâ€™m not the most extroverted of people although I pretend to try, but really Iâ€™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.
The chef here to welcome us as well as to introduce Jia Weiâ€™s signature dishes.
Deep-fried Seafood Roll with Mixed Fruit
Steamed Scallop Dumpling
Siew Mai with Cordyceps Flower
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Sharkâ€™s Fin
It was great to have dim sum for dinner. Iâ€™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.
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. Thatâ€™s collagen thatâ€™s causing the stickiness! Soup that just happens to be thickened with starch will not make your lips sticky. Try this trick out.
The Peking Duck elicited lots of excited â€œoohsâ€ and â€œahhsâ€ 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.
This was definitely the most unique and delicious dish for me the entire evening. I mean everyoneâ€™s tasted butter prawns. But butter prawns in pumpkin sauce, with a hint of curry? Iâ€™ve never come across this combination before but it was fantastic. I really loved the pumpkin/curry sauce. It wasnâ€™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!
A beautiful and healthy dish, with the crab roe to jazz up an otherwise common piece of bean curd.
Think this is not available at Jia Wei Restaurant itself, but at another eatery in the hotel. I donâ€™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.
And last but not leastâ€¦.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 â€¦..
Jia Wei restaurant decor and another private room.
I had a good time at the dinner last week. I certainly wouldnâ€™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 youâ€™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. Theyâ€™ll cook your meal in advance and you can pick it up when youâ€™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.