This year, my birthday was one day before Mother’s Day. Sometimes, I wonder why I’m born the same period as Mother’s Day. This means I’m shortchanged of one celebration! Of course, this is good news for hubby’s wallet, so I guess he’s quietly happy.
We celebrated my birthday as well as Mother’s Day in advance with my mom and mother-in-law. The venue was Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck at Paragon. The restaurant was fully packed for dinner on a Friday evening.
Perhaps this was why the service standard wasn’t up to par. We waited for a while before someone was able to take our orders. And they served us a wrong dish, but we just took it cos we didn’t want any fuss.
As usual, their signature dish — the Peking duck (S$70++) — was impeccable. So was the noodle dish cooked with remaining meat from the duck carcass. The other dishes were just ok; execution-wise I felt they were slightly below the usual Imperial Treasure standard.
The duck was beautifully carved into 2 separate plates of dark meat and breast meat. We were impressed by the succulent meat and sinfully crisp skin.
There was another plate of paper-thin duck skin, superbly crispy with nary a hint of fat. I like how they serve sugar as a dip for the skin, supposedly the authentic Beijing style.
For an additional S$15++, you can have the remaining duck meat cooked with noodles. The noodles they used here looks like flat mee pok, but very much thinner, with a pleasantly smooth and bouncy texture. We liked this dish too.
As there were four adults and 2 toddlers among us, we ordered 3 more dishes including a veg dish. Forgot to take photo of the veg dish. Anyway it was very forgettable.
The prawns — lightly battered and coated in a sweet-sour lemony sauce — was also rather forgettable, and also rather pricey (I think it was around $25 for 6 prawns that weren’t very big).
We ordered 2 servings of grilled cod, but this looked more like fried cod. Each serving is one slice of cod that is smaller than my palm. At S$12++ for one slice, we thought it was quite pricey too.
Our total bill came up to about S$185 after taxes.
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant
290 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6732 7838