In ever-changing ultra-modern Singapore, Manhill Restaurant is an oddity that's permanently stuck in a time-warp. The long-timer is as old school as it gets, and looks like a period set from the 70's, replete with velvet-trimmed chairs, tattered tablecloths, and faded interiors.
Its depressingly gloomy exterior doesn't inspire much, but the food is unabashed and bold; heavy with the soy and oyster sauces. Manhill may not hawk the best cze-char, but the food passes muster and there's something to be said about the longevity of a restaurant in the cutthroat local F&B scene. Besides, Manhill does make for a lovely trip down nostalgia lane.
A little nugget of information: it's got a sister restaurant, Hillman Restaurant, along Kitchener Road where the flagship Putien is.
A must-try, and a signature here, the Paper-Wrapped Chicken ($26 at $13 for 6) was an ugly but delicious mess of chicken fat drippings and flavoursome juices.
The Sauteed Chicken with Salt & Pepper ($15 for small), and loaded with carrots and mushrooms, a simple stir-fry accented with oyster sauce, was homestyled goodness.
The Claypot Beancurd ($15 for small), perhaps the most delicate in flavour, had a good amount of cabbage and lettuce, rounded off with copious amounts of roasted garlic bubs.
The Crabmeat Beancurd ($16 for small) was commendable, especially an egg white-drop gravy specked with oodles of sweet crabmeat.
The Prawn Omelette ($25 for medium), a cze-char staple, was well done, with plenty of plump bouncy prawns, and a fragrant char.
The Chinese-Style Pork Ribs ($15 for small) was scrumptious, with a mild honeyed frill to the sticky savoury marinade.
The Chilli Kangkong ($14 for medium) was an aromatic hit of heady spice.
The Sauteed Lettuce ($14 for medium) was excellent, the greens still crunchy and the sauce redolent of robust garlic.
The Hongkong Fried Noodle ($12 for medium) was nicely fried, rich in oyster sauce and generously laced with onions, char siew, scrambled eggs, shrimp, and vegetables.
99 Pasir Panjang Road
Tel: 6474 6835
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 5.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner