Restaurant Review: Jin Shan 金山楼 at Marina Bay Sands
During our recent 3 days staycation at MBS (courtesy of my MIL), we took the opportunity to try quite a few restaurants at MBS. For hotel guests staying at MBS, you get some dining privileges like 15% off your bill at Jin Shan, or 20% off at 9 Goubuli, etc. So we also tried to dine in places that we can enjoy discounts since this is a privilege we can enjoy only while staying here. Besides Jin Shan, we also dined at 9 Goubuli, lunched at Sky 57 (no discount, but always wanted to try) and snacks at TWG (ouch). Initially I had really wanted to dine at Adrift especially since we get 30% off the bill. But an unpleasant service experience Ed had with the staff when he and his friends went over for drinks before dinner resulted in us giving the place a miss.
I have heard good things about Jin Shan from family members and since I am at MBS, I am excited to finally sample their dishes. According to their website, Chef Huang Ching Biao is one of the top Chinese Chefs and was Chef at the Taiwanese Presidential kitchen, serving to royalty and high ranking officials. Well, that sounds impressive enough to me! So I do have pretty high expectations.
Jin Shan specializes in Cantonese, Hunan and Sichuan dishes. Thus, you can expect a spectrum of Chinese dishes from Cantonese classics to different styles of spicy dishes. Hunan dishes are known to be fragrant and spicy 香辣while Sichuan dishes are known to be numbing and spicy 麻辣. With their wide variety of dishes from premium seafood and delicacies to vegetarian dishes, Jin Shan is able to cater to a variety of dietary requirements, budget and tastes.
The first dish was the reputed Roast Pork Cubes 脆皮酥烧肉 (around $20 or $22, I cannot quite remember… Sorry! but for 9 cubes, I find that a tad expensive). This dish is much raved about online by other bloggers. Because of that, I had high expectations of the dish. The roast pork was good, but not outstanding. Ed found it a little under seasoned, though I found it nicely seasoned with no “porky” taste. Skin was crispy, but fats were a little too solid and chewy for our liking (I like mine soft and melt in the mouth). Not the best out there, but a good dish nonetheless.
Next came the soups. We had their signature Double Boiled Supreme Soup of Seafood Delicacies in Pumpkin 金瓜炖海中宝 as this was also widely raved by bloggers. At $28 per serving, I was initially a little disappointed with the small serving size, but definitely recovered once I tasted the soup. There were dices of seafood like shrimps, sea cucumber with shredded dried scallops in the soup which had the delicate sweetness from the dried scallops. Creamy, but not overly rich. Definitely a tasty “atas” version of the regular pumpkin soup. LOL… We also had their soup of the day at $9 per serving, which although I did not get to taste, I was told was very tasty and done well.
The Stir Fried King Prawns with Sour Cream 奶柠大明虾 $38 was very tasty and a pretty pleasant surprise. I ordered this because it was one of their Chef’s recommendations and it sounded healthier compared to the salted egg yolk prawns which was also another recommendation. Furthermore, I am a little sick of salted egg yolk stuff. The refreshingly tasty and tangy sauce coated each prawn evenly and together with the curry leaves, went very well with the big and fresh prawns.
湾畔大道1号, #01-05 酒店大堂 2