Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant's superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china. Drawing its inspiration from the poet's classic lyrical poems, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming whips up exquisite, authentic Chinese cuisine with skilled and deliberate strokes to create a divine gourmet experience for diners.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavours and fragrances of every ingredient, the aroma of succulent meats, fresh seafood and crisp vegetables blend perfectly with the artistic touches of paintings and poems to set a unique ambience for a feast fit for the Emperor - yet totally non-intimidating.
Renowned for its exacting service standards, Li Bai Singapore is open for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum and Business lunch menus provide tantalising selections of Li Bai's best traditional dishes while the Sunday Yum Cha has become almost a weekly staple for many of its patrons.
I had the opportunity to savour this wonderful and poetic cuisine at Li Bai for dinner. The restaurant give you the royal feel and yes, even for the prices of the dishes too :P You can definitely expect a tip top service by the staffs. From the jade green menu, to the origami napkin, everything displayed on the table is like a romantic poem, the flow of the colours, bringing you, drawing you into the mood for a good feast, a poetic harmony.
First up, cold dish: slice roasted duck meat with marinated jellyfish and cut fruits. Fresh mango and strawberries accompanying the roast duck is a gorgeous rhyme and not forgetting the crunchy jellyfish adds on a layer of texture. Doubled boiled chicken soup is a must too in this Cantonese restaurant. The clear soup tells the story of a light but flavourful admixture where hints of each ingredient plays a part in creating such wonderful dish. Yes the next one reminds me of my trip to Hong Kong where I had similar roasted pork at Lei Garden 利苑酒家. Crisp skin, layer by layer, each layer defines perfectly the fat and lean meat you can try it with the mustard dip. Heavenly!
I can't stop saying its one of my favourites. And the next dish is also my fav! Salted egg prawn with fried green. For people who hates to de-shell the prawns, this is it, very fresh prawns coated with a good measured layer of salted egg yolk and smooth butter. Claypot mixed vegetables with sea cucumber is quite ordinary to my taste. Nothing special about this dish though so I think you can give this a miss but if you like a clear light flavour, this can help to balance your taste palate.
We had fried rice as well and I would say this dish is cooked with lots of love. The 锅气 - which literally means the smell of the wok (usually cooked with strong fire and quick stir frying while cooking, typical Chinese style) The slightly charred smell from the heat gives a subtle relation between the fried rice and the chef’s wok. A good proportion of rice with yet again, fresh ingredients.
Dessert, deep fried red bean paste pancake and black sesame filling muah chee (glutinous Rice Balls). Having the savoury and ending with the sweet, a smooth progression with all the elements to end a ballad poem. The red bean paste is made from scratch and the filling is generous. On the other hand, a perfect duet with the fried crispy pancake skin. I would suggest you to order this if you have 4pax or more (as its a tad too much for 2 or maybe 3.) The muah chee is good as I love black sesame and if you like it too, this is also one to order.
There are so many more dishes and I've only got so much cash (including credit) to spare for this evening. Haha do share with me what other dishes are worth ordering and also I am sure the Dim Sum is a hit too! Jio me for yum cha sometime ya~
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Yum Cha: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm