We met up with Lao Ban Niang again and this time, she was granted permission to come out for lunch!
She wanted to try this new branch of Four Seasons Restaurant, so we met at Chinatown for an early lunch. However, we discovered that all the Chinese restaurants in this area only open after 12noon, so we ended up shopping at the nearby Chinese supermarket instead. We all paused in surprise in the supermarket when we heard traffic announcement over the radio station informing all shoppers of traffic jam at Upper Thomson… Singapore Y.E.S. 933 station, haha!
Four Seasons is an old establishment in London and the de facto must-go place for Chinese food, especially for its fatty Roast Ducks and roast meat! It is very popular among Asian students studying in London, although in recent years, there has been comments that it has grown to be too-upmarket as it caters to too much tourist and Gold Mine Restaurant 金山樓 in Bayswater seems to have overtaken its de facto position.
It was 12noon soon enough and we quickly walked into the restaurant, only to discover that this particular branch was only selling dim sum at the moment, as the chef for roasted meats was only coming in the following week. That brand new huh? So we walked out and when to the other Four Seasons next door.
We ordered ½ Special Roasted Duck Cantonese Style 粵式燒鴨, Deep Fried Crispy Shredded Beef with Chilli 乾炒牛肉絲 and Stir-fry Kailan 清炒芥蘭.
The roast duck was truly fatty and not bad, but I felt that the sauce was too salty… But apparently the sauce was what made the duck famous!
The kailan and shredded beef were very homely-tasting, although the beef didn’t really taste like beef. Haha… Overall its a nice place to gather and catch-up with old friend, especially in such a cold day!