We haven't been to Lei Garden in some time, not since Chijmes unveiled its refreshed facade and revamped dining options. It's still as awesome as ever: an old reliable that churns out consistently exquisite Cantonese cuisine, and graciously serviced by knowledgeable efficient personable waitresses.
The Sauteed French Beans with Preserved Vegetables ($22) seasoned with jalepeno, and studded with mushrooms and barbecued pork dice, redolent with a smoky char, was wonderfully crunchy.
In contrast, the Steamed Egg White with Crabmeat & Shrimp ($22) was smooth like the airest, fairiest cloud. Incredibly delicate, this bore a hint of shellfish essence for sweetness.
The Braised Assorted Vegetables with Conpoy ($22) was pure comfort bubbling in a claypot. Choc-a-bloc with broccoli, kailan, baby choy sum, straw mushrooms, glass vermicelli, tempura squid, this was a riot of textures and a beautiful balance of flavours.
The Poached Homemade Noodle with Prawns ($13) displayed restrain, the broth was rich and sweet but not cloying. Add to that the delightfully chewy noodles, and the sparkling fresh prawns, and you've got a major hit.
Chijmes Lei Garden Restaurant
30 Victoria Street
Tel: 6339 3822
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner