Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant @ Holiday Inn Atrium: CNY 23/01/2011 Cantonese, Chinese, Festive, Orchard, Tiong Bahru 2 Comments Stepping into Xin Cuisine, one would definitely be swept off his feet by the contemporarily designed interior of this Chinese restaurant. Even before looking at the menu, you know you’re in for a good treat. A well-deserved meal one should pamper yourself with, and Chinese New Year seems to be the perfect calling for this. There are four VIP rooms in total, two large, and two small.. ..and they’re all named after Chinese teas. A tea for the ladies, and yes, I love it. Xin has boldly revamped the ‘Yusheng‘ into something so sophisticated, yet not taking away any of the traditional ingredients which represent good luck, fortune and prosperity. An iceberg / ice mountain / ice coral of raw fish! This came as a total surprise. With six different kinds of raw fish – lobster, salmon, tuna, Japanese sweet prawn, geoduck clam and Japanese cobia tastefully handcrafted into the form of rose petals alongside with the six tiers of salad, you’ll understand why Xin’s ‘六六大顺 Yusheng‘ is worth that hefty $388. The raw fish were all fresh and the sauce wasn’t overpowering. A sweet kick start to the CNY feast ahead! “Pen Cai” literally means “basin of food” in Chinese. For top-notch indulgence, Xin has created an imperial version packed with whole Australia 3-head abalone, sharks’ fin, fish maw, deer tendon, sea cucumber, goose web, sea moss, dried oyster, black mushroom, wild bamboo pith and Chinese baby cabbage – each ingredient cooked separately and then stewed for hours to perfection in superior stock. There’s a Chinese proverb which says “一分钱, 一分货”, meaning “you get what you pay for.” For people who knows how to appreciate, such superiority costs a reasonable $888 for a 10-person serving. Of course, Xin also offers more mid-range choices like their ‘Prosperity Seafood Pen Cai‘ at $388 and ‘Traditional Pen Cai‘ at $338. The ‘Imperial Pen Cai‘ goes all out to impress. They even have a specially designed luxurious silk carrier just for takeaways. Not trying to apple polish Xin, but this is the best ‘Siu Yuk‘ I’ve eaten in my entire life! No wonder it is a must-order when people come here. This was a nice twist to the tradition – crispy and refreshing. These flavoured ‘Nian Gao‘ were another CNY creation. And they fit nicely into a handbag-looking carrier for takeaways! I like how almost everything in Xin looks so aesthetically pleasing. A special dim sum prepared by the chef to welcome the Year of Rabbit. Ha! Riding on the fact that the chef could prepare dim sum during dinner, I tried my luck and requested for the custard bun, and the chef agreed! You don’t know how elated I was when the overflowing custard exploded in my mouth. But FYI, dim sum at Xin is served during lunch hours only. They broke the rule for us because it was a media session. I hate this peanut-filled snack / dessert / whatever it is. But the chef surprised us yet again. He reinvented the traditional jin dui to be filled with chocolate, red bean, and champagne instead! Amazingly delicious! All in all, Xin left a deep impression in me and it really made me see Chinese cuisine in a different light. Every dish was above average, and I’d surely be back someday to conquer their dim sum! Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant Level 4, Holiday Inn Atrium 317 Outram Road, 169075 (Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru) (+65) 6731 7173 Mon – Sat: 12pm – 10.30pm Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm Food9 Ambience9 Value8.5 Service8.5 8.8Overall Score 2 Responses Eugene January 27th, 2011 Omg the Yu Sheng is AMAZING! So is the carrier bag! I am so stealing this idea for our open house! haha Reply Lazy Foodies January 28th, 2011 IKR! It IS amazing. Haha show me your “pirated Yusheng” if possible. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.