BOAT QUAY - Set in the Asian Civilisations Museum next to the Singapore River, Empress is a stylish spot where you can indulge in Chinese delicacies like dim sum, seafood and signature roasts while soaking up great waterfront views. The chic modern decor may lead you to believe that the menu is more Asian fusion type fare, but we have it on good authority that the food here is very authentic and similar to what you might find in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Why you should come here:
Whether you choose to sit outdoors on the patio next to the river or inside next to the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room or private Canton Room, you’ll have great views of boats passing by and the city skyline. Moreover, the menu has something to suit all palates with an enticing selection of vegetarian dishes like the Mapo Tofu and Three-Mushroom Stir-Fry, as well as non-veg dishes like the King Prawn Dumpling Soup, Crispy Aromatic Duck Salad, and the Roast Suckling Pig.
What we love:
Empress serves dim sum all-day, everyday, and they do a pretty amazing job of it. Some of our favourites from the dim sum menu include the Stir-Fried Turnip Cake in XO chilli sauce, the Baked Shanghai Soup Dumplings, and the Crispy Smoked Duck & Prawn Vermicelli Rolls. If you come with a group, definitely try the Dim Sum Platter that gives you a mix of goodies including the Har Gau, Siew Mai, Seafood & Spinach Dumpling, Steamed Fish & Lotus Root Dumpling and Mushroom & Corn Dumpling.
If you’ve got guests in town, this is great place to take them to enjoy iconic views of the city and some seriously tasty Chinese cuisine. Even better, book them into Empress’ fabulous Dim Sum Brunch on the weekend with free-flow champagne and unlimited servings of dim sum. Be sure to make a reservation though because they have four set seatings from 11am to 1pm, 12pm to 2pm, 1pm to 3pm, and 2pm to 4pm.
Empress does great set lunches for just $38++ for three courses and $58++ for five courses, as well as set dinners that include a pre-dinner cocktail and snacks on the patio, and then a four-course dinner inside with sharing platters for $88++ per person.
The Dim Sum Brunch costs $48++ for the early 11am - 1pm seating, and $58++ for the later seatings including free-flow juices and Chinese tea. You can also add the free-flow option at an extra $38++ for Prosecco, beer and wine and $60++ for Perrier-Jouët champagne, beer and wine.
Where: 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum #01-03