Singapore’s dynamic China Town/Tanjong Pagar area offers a great choice of restaurants that pander to a market that demands high quality, good value and something for all dietary requirements or health regimes. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, carnivore or so hungry you could eat a horse, there’s something that ticks your box within a short walk of the CBD. This lively and ever-changing food scene has recently welcomed a new player that might well rewrite the rules on modern Chinese dining in the city.
Yellow Pot, located at the stylish new Six Senses Duxton, is a small intimate space, brilliantly designed by the hotel’s interior architect Anouska Hempel. Stepping into the restaurant immediately transports the diner to another world to the busy streets outside – a lush and striking cocoon of vivid colour, blended with historical nuance and modern flair, that just works. Combined with the sleek professionalism of Six Senses hospitality, expectations have been suitably raised before you even take your seat.
Here Chef Sebastian Goh does not disappoint. His menu is built around the simple philosophy of balance, offering the clean fresh flavours of high quality sustainably-sourced ingredients, with a strong emphasis on local produce. It goes without saying that no MSG is used in any dish. Instead diners can savour the gorgeous natural flavours of dishes like his Chilled Organic Vine-ripened Tomatoes, or the clean and wholesome Chicken Soup, a clear broth served with the same amazing tomatoes stuffed with shimeiji mushrooms. The Pork Cheek is seared and served with cumin, chilli and mango strips, delivering an excellent dish that we can’t wait to try again. Also excellent is the Wok-seared Organic Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin, brought to life by the heat of Tellicherry peppercorns and a soft hint of honey sweetness. We are big fans of the local Kuhlbarra Barramundi, and here the kitchen serves it steamed, accompanied by a scallion-ginger pesto. Succulent, fresh and light, it melts divinely in the mouth. Continuing the theme of letting the natural flavours of the ingredients speak for themselves, the tender Roast Duck is just as good with or without the accompanying sauce.
Desserts are equally guilt-free – finish off with the Lemongrass and Calamansi Jelly, with diced fresh fruit adding a crunchy and refreshing finale.
With a three-course lunch deal available for S60++ for two or $110++ for four, Yellow Pot is a must-try for those looking for healthy and balanced modern Chinese cuisine that also tastes fantastic. Due to the restaurant’s size (50 seats), reservations are recommended.
Yellow Pot, Six Senses Duxton, 88 Duxton Road
tel: 6914 1420
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