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Among the city’s coterie of corporate captains and socialites, Chynna remains one of the preferred Chinese restaurants to wine and dine in, and to see and be seen. Modernity meets tradition in grand Tang-style here; the main dining space – inspired by Chinese herbalist shops of yore – boasts a bank of apothecary drawers, clusters of silk brocade lanterns, imposing ceramic collectibles and ornate tapestries. Clouds of steam billow from an open dim sum kitchen, according diners occasional glimpses of the on-going culinary hustle-bustle.
Every morsel of the three combination dim sum platter is deliciously on point in terms of freshness, texture and flavour. The feel good vibe is boosted by the subsequent plate of Sichuan spicy meat spring rolls, each crunchy roll is stuffed with scrumptious filling of mildly zingy minced chicken.
Legend has it the stir-fried creamy egg white with crab meat, shredded giant grouper and fried egg was created to please the emperor, and upon savouring the lustrous chunks of silky egg interspersed with sweet grouper and crab meat, the reason for this becomes quite apparent. Continue the sumptuous streak with the divine honey-glazed boneless chicken with crispy ginger flakes, which sets one’s palates alight with its lush melding of nectar sweetness and warm spiciness.
Go with the tried-and-tested chilled sea coconut and herbal jelly for sweet closures to your meal. If you like a genteel initiation into trying the king of fruits, the popular durian pancake is the way to go.
There should be no cause for complaints as the restaurant’s beverage list covers a wide range of drinks, with the aim of pleasing both teetotallers and oenophiles. The range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is carefully curated from the East and West while the extensive wine selection straddles those of the New and Old World to meet the expectations and desires of its international clientele. The Sanfeletto Prosecco – a notable sparkling tipple with fruity-floral overtones – proves an agreeable match for dim sum and delicately flavoured Chinese dishes.
Staff welcome guests cordially and effusively. Once the orders are taken, guests are pretty much undisturbed unless something is needed.
Whether dining in small or large groups, the menu boasts enough variety and inventiveness to please the discerning palates of its patrons. Those who wish to sample an exquisite overview of the chef’s signature specialties will find the set menu options a boon to fall back on.