Monday, 30 December 2013

Sunday Brunch @ JuChunYuan (聚春圆) - 031113

Sunday dim sum brunch @ Ju Chun Yuan!

Chanced upon this place while looking for dim sum buffets online. To be honest, although this place may be just a stone's throw away from Raffles Place, I had quite a hard time looking for this restaurant.

Spring JuChunYuan
Far East Square 
130 Amoy Street #01-01 

Operating Hours (daily): 
12:00PM - 2:30PM 
6:00PM - 10:30PM 

From the outside, one would certainly have no idea that JuChunYuan is a restaurant. I initially thought that it was an exhibit of the ancient times houses. 

The buffet consists of free-flow ala carte dim sum and mains from the menu provided. Drinks provided is a variety of chinese tea choices for you to choose from. 

Price (lunch):
$19.80++ (Adults)
$11.80++ (Child below 12 years old)

$24++  (Adults)
$26++ (Child below 12 years old)

Some pictures of the restaurant's layout

The restaurant gave me a very "atas" feeling as I could totally enjoy my meal in peace without disturbance from the staffs. Moreover, the staffs were always ready to help whenever I need them. On this sunday, when Yanjun and I visited the restaurant, we were the first customers to reach. Upon enquiry, the restaurant was actually fully booked on the afternoon. Luckily, we were there early, and they could squeeze in a table for a couple of hours for us to dine in. 

Their ordering slip with prices indicated for non ala carte buffet

Sliced Spicy Chicken 

Shallot Pancake (葱油饼)- One of my favourites! 

Superior Pork Ribs

The "Notorious" Salted Egg Custard Bun

Steamed Chicken Feet - My Top 3! Soft and tangy, not that spicy too! 

Shrimp Roll 

Shrimps Dumplings - A disappointment. A far cry from what I expected. Dry and hard to chew.

Prawns Dumpling Salad & Bean Curd Skin Roll - Top 3! 

Spicy Sauce Dumpling - Another disappointment! 

Four Seasons Dumpling - I am most disappointed with this dish. Despite being well recommended, and the chefs spending a great effort to decorate this dish, the "four seasons" just could not blend well with the pork in the dumpling. Two thumbs down...

Lastly, I want to introduce my top favourite! Their dessert, Durian Cream Pancake, melts in the mouth and leaves you hanging there for more. Sorry to those who detest durians! 

It comes in the shape similar to a pillow. And when cut open, the durian cream stuffed to the brim! And if there's any reason why I would return to JuChunYuan, it would be this dessert! 

Considering that it costs $24++ for a weekend afternoon buffet, my take on this restaurant would be it's value for money. Even though some food may not be suitable to my liking, but hey! there's many other choices to choose from... However, if you had to ask me one thing that I dislike, it would be the location. Although, it is located in the city area, but if you're not familiar with the surroundings, you could get lost easily and walk in circles when the restaurant is just on the next street. 

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