Szechuan Court is Fairmont Hotel's anchor Chinese restaurant. Despite its name, it doesn't just just serve Sichuan food. The red-hued restaurant also offers up Cantonese classics. While Sichuan food is known for its bold and fiery flavours, Cantonese cuisine is renowned for its delicate and mild food.We'd previously dined at Szechuan Kitchen, an offshoot of Szechuan Court focusing on simpler items such as congee, rice and noodle dishes in its pared down menu.
The food's a mix of hits and misses and dinner wasn't particularly satisfying as an experience, so it really isn't worth it eating here if you don't have the Feed-at-Raffles 50% discount card. There are better places to have such Sichuan-Cantonese food such as Peony-Jade.
The Braised Beancurd ($28) with roasted pork belly and mushroom is a Cantonese dish. While the pork belly was indulgently yummy, snow peas addictively crunchy, and the sliced Chinese black mushrooms were plump and juicy, the beancurd was a little waterlogged.
The Pan-fried String Bean ($24) with minced chicken was terrible. The string beans were fried way too long so they were completely limp, to the point of disintegration.
This was probably the only dish I agreed with. The Braised King Oyster Mushroom ($26) in superior stock and organic fried garlic and spinach. The sweetness of the wolfberries balanced out the naturally metallic taste of the spinach, and the stock was rich in depth without being cloying. The king oyster mushrooms lent textural contrast to the soft spinach, while the crisp fried garlic slices brought aroma to the dish.
We also had 2 soups, the Braised Crabmeat and Fish Maw in Superior Broth ($28) which we liked very much with its depth of flavour, thick consistency and plentiful fresh ingredients.
We didn't quite like the Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup ($12), it was just starchy without any depth of flavour, a bit too sour and a bit too light on the spicy elements.
80 Bras Basah Road
Tel: 6431 6156
Open Mondays to Fridays from 12noon to 2.30pm for lunch
Weekends and PH from 12noon to 3pm for lunch
Daily from 6:30pm to 10:30pm for dinner