Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden Restaurant
Singapore is known for its large variety of cuisines and top notch restaurants. During our visit, we tried to squeeze in meals at a wide variety of fine dining and off the beaten path locations so we could try a lots of different dishes. Part of our culinary explorations led us to Cantonese cuisine at the Cherry Garden restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Cherry Garden offers an a la carte dim sum during the week, but we attended the dim sum buffet which is only offered on the weekends. The menu was a bit daunting, especially without much of an introduction. We took some recommendations, chose a few random items and in the end, we had a great meal.
In the interest of sampling what the menu had to offer, we ordered more than enough for the two of us. We had about ten dishes, and some of our favorites were the prawn with mango and roe, the escargot and the tenderloin. We wish we had ordered more seafood, because the chicken and pork dishes we tried were nothing to write home about. However, we did get to try jellyfish. As you might imagine, it doesn’t have much of a taste itself, but it was served in a delicious spicy sauce.
As always, we tried dessert and were lucky enough to get a sample platter. We had never had anything like most of the sweets and it was fun to experience such unique flavors. We had a hard time choosing a favorite, but the sour cherries and the mango puree were definitely good options.
The ambiance was dark and warm with traditional decor and a view of the city skyline. We sat by a window looking out over a stone pathway and some greenery, making it even more relaxing. Some of our plates were better than others, but everything was enjoyable. The weekend buffet is a great way to try a lot of dishes and share with a big group, but we think the normal weekday menu might be a better value for just two people.
- Cherry Garden has three private dining areas that can seat larger groups in privacy
- Ask your server for recommendations to help narrow down the menu
- Our favorite dishes were the prawn, escargot and tenderloin dim sum
- Don’t pass on dessert!
- Visit Cherry Garden online for reservations and more information
Poplar Travels was a guest of Cherry Garden. Our opinion is always our own.