What you’re looking at is the legendary 20-storey high atrium, where the traditional balloon-drop occurs every New Year’s Eve. It has been on my local bucket list since I was let known this revelation.
Syncing with the increasing trend of health-consciousness in food intake, Peach Blossoms @ Marina Mandarin has channeled their creativity this year to provide just that, while retaining its worthiness and scrumptiousness. Chinese New Year Menu from $388++ for 4 is available from 24 January – 14 February 2014.
Organic Fruits Yu Sheng :: Away with the calories count, not because ‘eat first think later’, but because it has nothing harmful. In neat rows seats salmon, mango, strawberry, rock melon, papaya and kiwi, all of which are of organic origin, no less. Regardless of the healthy ingredients, the taste doesn’t lose out.
Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling :: Wrapped with capsicum, asparagus and ‘ling zhi’ mushrooms, the dumpling tasted dominantly of asparagus. As a mushroom > asparagus person, I’d have preferred it with more of the former.
Steamed Crystal Dumpling :: They say quality comes in small packages, and it is very much so reflected in the crystal dumpling, thanks to the generous stuffing of black truffle and mushroom. The burst of distinct flavors lingers, and leave you yearning for more. I could possibly have the entire basket to myself.
Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Prawn :: While the prawns packed in the skin rolls were substantial and fresh, I thought it was rather ordinary and average at best. It also came a little too salty in my opinion.
Save for the mandatory rounds of dim sum, we were also served with hot cooked food dishes like Fried Multigrain Rice with Diced Chicken (though the grains came a little too hard, it was healthily tasty and well-flavored) and Stir-fried Prawns with Cordyceps Flower.
Vegetarian Deluxe Treasure Pot ($178 for 6 pax / $288 for 10 pax) :: It came much as a surprise to me when the Vegetarian ‘Pen Cai’ was so intensely and pleasantly tasting, so much that it almost slipped my mind that there wasn’t any meat. Includes vegetarian abalone, bamboo pith, elm fungus, vegetarian chicken, honshimeiji mushroom, snow fungus, and black moss amongst others.
Chilled Water Chestnut Jelly Cake with Osmanthus :: One of the best of its kind I’ve had, many thanks to its bits of crunchy water chestnut swimming evenly in the jelly cake, and that it wasn’t cloyingly sweet. The only downside was that it wasn’t as floral-fragrant as many others I’ve tried, otherwise it would have perfect.
Marina Mandarin Singapore also offers mandatory Chinese New Year goodies like Traditional Nian Gao with Coconut Milk ($30.80), Radish Cake with Preserved Meat ($30.80), barbecued meat ($38 – $72), and different variations of Yu Sheng ($38 – $178).
Special gratitude to Patricia, Samantha and Denise and the Peach Blossoms team for the hospitality and hosting the media tasting session.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Mandarin Singapore (accessible through Marina Square Shopping Mall), Level 5
Contact: 6845 1066 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Takes Reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily)