It is seldom to find restaurants in the Philippines that serve duck. However, in Singapore, you’ll find it everywhere. You’ll find it in those fancy Chinese restaurants or those in the hawkers– although, honestly, I find Hawker foods more authentic than those from the commercialized and overpriced restaurants. hmpft
So today, we went to the Mandarin Gallery at Orchard.
Aside from the advertisement stand found near the elevator, this view will actually entice you to dine in their restaurant. As much as, it was quite uncomfortable how the brownish-colored duck and yellowish-colored chicken were hooked that way, but, it actually succeeded in catching our attention.
Splendor is flashing inside the restaurant, with its red colored chairs– which is very Chinese marketing strategy– and the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant is also not a confined type of establishment, like a usual restaurant space enclosed by its four sides and then a double door in the middle of one side. Here, they actually have 2 sides that they opened and they only have a balcony-type of a divider from the outside of its restaurant.
So basically, the air of the entire mall circulates with their own air. And in my opinion, that is like saving electrical energy and it’s more comfortable because the sight not suffocating.
Of course, we ordered Half Royal London Duck (SGD25) because, basically, that’s what we came for. The duck wasn’t chewy, the skin was in the middle of being crispy and being hard, and the sauce was fantastic with the white rice. It was definitely cooked well!
Although I must say that diners should really be careful when feeding elders or toddlers because there are some small duck bones you will only discover once you’re eating them already.
Then I also ordered this one, because a Beef Brisket Noodle Dry (SGD8.80) is a must in every Chinese dining. I love how tender the beef was, however, I’d prefer if they would not serve me the fatty part of the brisket next time. I just want the meat itself, please.
We also ordered the RLD Black Pepper Bun (SGD5.80), which was like a pork steamed bun, minus the fact that it’s not really steamed because the buns are like the ones from Tim Ho Wan, which I think is a baked one, and also it’s not pork, it’s a duck.
We ordered Congee because we have a very picky toddler and who panics everytime the food is not color white. (Yay I miss baby Noelle!!) And of course, Royal London Duck Xiao Long Bao (SGD5.20) though, I think the wrap was thicker and it’s less watery (I mean the soup inside it) but overall it still tasted like the usual Xia Long Bao that I tasted.
For our dessert, we had Snow Lady (SGD4). It’s like a whip-cream-icing combination and small Mango cubes wrapped in Mochi skin. This is my first time tasting a Snow Lady, and even though I read one review that it seemed like it’s below their expectation. I’d set this as my standard, and let’s see how it goes.
So there you have it! If you want to visit a restaurant that serves just the right duck for your craving, Go to Royal London Duck! You can find it at 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery #04-21/22/23, Singapore 238897. Hope to hear your experience!