Fine-Dining in Singapore: Madame Fan by Alan Yau

An eclectic dining concept by the man behind Hakkasan

Stepping into Madame Fan, I was immediately greeted by the grandeur of this Chinese fine-dining restaurant. Opened by Alan Yau, the famous restaurateur behind the original Hakkasan restaurant in London, Madame Fan is his first foray in Southeast Asia and is located at the NCO Club in the heart of Singapore.

With a different lunch and dinner menu and only a few dishes that make star appearances in both, I set out to order three dim sum items and a soup, most of which are only available during lunch.

The Scallop Shumai has to be one of the best I’ve had. Rather than the usual pork filling, each shumai has large chunks of fresh and springy shrimps and is topped with tender scallop and crunchy tobiko (flying fish roe), giving every bite a wonderful combination of textures. The good news is, this dish is available during both lunch and dinner.

The Mooli Puff or radish pastry has a fun shape with long, tasty shreds of radish in the filling. Unfortunately, the pastry was too crumbly to my liking.

Too full for their signature Crispy Aromatic Duck which comes in half-duck portions, I was recommended the Crispy Duck Roll which uses the same duck. This was another miss as the overall taste did not work for me, even with the slathering of a sweet duck sauce.

Now the Drunken Chicken Soup definitely hit the right spot for me. Made with 20-year Gu Yue Long Shan rice wine, the soup was a golden elixir of chicken essence and richness from the rice wine. Exclusively available during lunch, I’ll make a return trip just to have it again.

Summary

If you are looking for a quiet, elegant restaurant with good service for lunch with your girlfriends, Madame Fan is definitely a good choice. In terms of the food, the dim sum dishes I tried were hits and misses but the Drunken Chicken Soup more than made up for it. I’m also eager to try their Jasmine Tea Smoked Ribs and Braised E-Fu Noodles with Hokkaido Dried Scallops and Shiitake Mushroom next and my dining companion is already urging me for a return visit for dinner.


Side Note

The staff tells me that a DJ plays club music at night so I imagine the dinner vibe will be quite different. Apart from regular dining, the restaurant will also make an impressive venue for corporate events with its beautifully decorated rooms.