Boon Lay Raja Restaurant.

Yes, don’t be misled by its Malay-sounding restaurant name, it is as Chinese as Tunglok Restaurant, or like, Crystal Jade, lol. I don’t know, I think it’s just me, but I was pretty impressed when I heard that they serve both dim sum and main courses at the same time of the day. I’m under the impression that one usually serves dim sum in the morning and main courses thereafter. Anyhow, the restaurant was recommended to us and we decided to give it a try, as a birthday lunch. Just in case you too want to give this isolated restaurant a go, it’s located right above the NTUC beside the under-renovation Jurong Entertainment (head up the stairs beside the lift, not any other stairs).

We made a reservation for Sunday lunch but it wasn’t really necessary. There were plenty of seats then. Although so, reservation’s always a safe plan.
As the few of us have different appetites, we ordered half dim sum, half main courses – the best of both worlds.

Century Egg Porridge :: $2.50++

Century Egg Porridge :: Once again, if you’ve read some previous entries, I usually don’t eat Chinese food. But this – is amazing. Ate this as my first course, and as my last. At the end of everything, we ordered another bowl of it and swallowed it down. It’s too irresistible and worthy.

Freshly Oven-baked Egg Tarts (3) :: $3.30++

Freshly Oven-baked Egg Tarts :: Nothing memorable about the tarts, and one can easily buy a tastier one outside. Skip it and save your stomach for some other awesomeness.

Fried Prawn Roll with Mango (3) :: $4.30++

Fried Prawn Roll with Mango :: One of my favorite dishes of the day. Mango in a dim sum dish just westernized itself a little, in my opinion – very fresh. As is the following dish, Golden Fried Banana Roll with Yam, another one with fruits.

Golden Fried Banana Roll with Yam (3) :: $3.30++

Roasted Crispy Duck with Mango Sauce.

Roasted Crispy Duck with Mango Sauce :: Hands down, the winning dish of the day, or, winning dish of the restaurant? Although I haven’t tried all of their dishes, but still! The crispy skin of the duck, the special mango sauce, and the unique decorations & additions of kiwi, cherry, and generally fruits (once again) to the duck. It was a challenge restraining myself from ordering another plate of this gold. A must try.

Special Homemade Tofu with Nori Crust.

Many raving reviews on this piece of art. I thought it was only okay, although I love the part where it is topped with my favorite mushroom of all – enoki mushroom. You can give it a shot, maybe we just have different tastes.

I’d rate this a full 3 stars for its sheer good food, but somehow, I just don’t see myself coming back another time. I’d rate this a 2.5 stars if there is one. Alas, it doesn’t. So, 2 stars it is.

Address: Blk 135, Jurong Gateway Road, #02-337
Telephone: 6563 6643
Photos by Kathleen.

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