I have previously blogged about the Dim Sum at Ah Yat Abalone so this time I am featuring their abalone set menus. Prices ranges from $39.80 to a few hundreds per pax. There are also Groupon vouchers for special promotion sets which I have not tried before, but you can keep a lookout if you do receive e-newsletters from Groupon.
We have been frequent patrons of this restaurant since early days when they had more outlets and this particular one at Grand Pacific Hotel (used to be known as Allson Hotel) is like our “homeground”. The first time we dined here, the restaurant manager, Sharon, introduced us the member rewards card which comes free and have up to 50% rebate during promotional period. And from then on we keep going back for our abalone craving fix. Very worth to get the rewards card if you like the food at Ah Yat.
I have read a few reviews of bad service and poor quality food at Ah Yat. I personally have not experienced that even during busy periods like Chinese New Year. Perhaps being a regular there made a difference but shortage of service manpower is not a unique problem, it happens in most popular restaurants.
So back to the food, we have tried different set menus here. Today we had the Boston Lobster and Fresh Abalone Set which is priced at SGD$68++ per person.
This starter (开胃菜) is light and refreshing. “Gong Cai”, preserved mustard greens which is hidden underneath the long beans and carrots, adds a refreshing sweetness to the shredded chicken.
Well, fish maw is regarded as one of the precious Chinese ingredients along side abalone and sea cucumber due to it’s high nutritional content. Rich proteins, phosphor and calcium in fish maw is known to rejuvenate your kidneys and boost stamina. And for the ladies, fish maw with its high viscosity gel protein is capable of preserving fine complexion and invigorating blood circulation. I admit, I honestly didn’t know all these benefits till I googled about it. I simply just like the texture of fish maw 🙂 The rich broth with the texture of fish maw and sea whelk just draws me in. I am a sucker for soup especially when it’s full of umami-ness like this.
All their set menus have abalone in it after all they are known as the Abalone restaurant. Comparing this abalone to the one from Pu Tien, it’s definitely heavier on the palate with stronger flavours. This abalone has been braised for a long time in their in-house signature sauce. When you take a bite of that buttery and naturally salty abalone, you will be impressed at the chewiness without the toughness and be overwhelmed by the salty savoury flavours of their in-house sauce. The mushroom and kale are equally delicious with that gravy accompanying this dish. Definitely the star of the dinner.
The fish fillet is dory fish with batter – just like any other fish and chips you can find anywhere. Just average with a sweet and sour Thai chilli sauce, slightly spicy with mostly sweetness.
I do like lobsters, mostly lobster sashimi from Sushi Tei. Cooked lobsters not so much as most restaurants do tend to overcook it. Even if it’s well cooked, the lobster flesh isn’t as appealing as when it’s raw because of the toughness of it. It’s similar in this dish from Ah Yat, a little tough for the lobster meat but the taste of the superior stock was delicious – savoury oceanic tasty!
Next was the Braised E-fu Noodles with mushrooms. This comes with almost every set menu at Ah Yat. It wasn’t really picture worthy because it’s just noodles but it’s good E-fu noodles (made from egg) with savoury mushrooms.
Dessert time! And nutrition time! So why are the Chinese so crazy about birds’ nest? This delicacy is known to aid digestion and nourish the lungs and stomach, hence supporting functions for a healthy body. Almond cream is known to nourish the lungs and respiratory system. This smooth warm comforting dessert is not only healthy but delicious too, with a moderate sweetness and generous amount of birds’ nest.
There is another dessert that I really like from Ah Yat that you need to order once you sit at the table because it takes an hour to prepare it. It’s egg custard steamed in a coconut! I have no clue what the actual name is but I am pretty sure if you ask the waitress/waiter they will know. It’s sweet and silky smooth like sweet beancurd (豆花) with coconut and egg taste.
The above set menu is good for abalone/lobsters lovers. I personally prefer this other set menu because it has my favourite Steamed Bamboo Clams with minced garlic and vermicelli.
If you have a craving for abalone, I highly recommend giving Ah Yat a try. They are open daily for lunch from 11:30am till 2:30pm and dinner from 5:30pm till 10:30pm.
Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant
101 Victoria St, Grand Pacific Hotel
(65) 6332 2288