ORCHARD & CBD - The Imperial Treasure Group has a plethora of upscale Chinese restaurants around town that serve up everything from seafood to dim sum, noodles and congee, but their Paragon branch is probably the most famous of the lot for its authentic Peking Duck prepared and cooked using the same centuries-old methods that were once used in the emperor’s kitchens. If you’re looking for a Chinese feast to share with family, friends or colleagues, Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck is a solid choice.
Why you should come here:
Between 2013 and 2015, Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck ranked in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and all it takes is one visit to see why. The three dining areas are softly lit and feature comfy sofas and armchairs, which creates a warm ambiance that invites you to settle back and stay for a while. As the plates start to roll out you can dig into Chinese dishes like glossy Har Gao prawn dumplings, Steamed Soon Hock fish, and of course the star of the show, the Peking Duck.
What we love:
Obviously the Peking Duck here is a must. We love that the chefs roast a whole duck for you in the kitchen and then present it to your table with much ritual and performance. First they will slice off a piece of the crispy reddish-orange skin so you can sample it dipped into a bit of sugar. Then they will carve up a portion of the tender duck meat with the skin still attached for you to wrap up in thin crepes along with spring onions, cucumber and hoisin sauce. With the remaining meat they will cook it up however you like, so you can opt for soup, noodles, a rice dish or something of your own creation.
This place is packed nearly every night of the week, so reservations are essential, especially for larger groups. They also have set menus for groups of 10 or more, and you can pre-order items just to make sure they don’t run out on the day or night you visit.
The full Peking Duck costs $78 plus $10 for preparation.