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“Safe bet for dim sum”

Chijmes Lei Garden Restaurant
Ranked #353 of 10,611 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Soups
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Downtown Core
Hong Kong
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Safe bet for dim sum”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

I've been on a quest for the best dim sum in Sigapore. I found me 3 girlfriends who share the same passion for steamed dumplings and we've been on a mission since.

Our ratings are based on:
1) Overall quality of food (one shouldn't be trekking to a dim sum spot for any one particular dish)
2) Ambiance
3) Service

Lei Garden, of HK fame, has been on the radar so we finally booked last Saturday:

Definitely amongst the better har gows and siu mais in town. Far from the best, but sitting comfortably above the mediocre line. Everything arrived promptly, which is always key for two reasons: dim sum ought to be served pipping hot, and more importantly to maximize variety at any given moment.

The space was nice enough, a bit tired, but comfortable and pleasant with a nice weekend crowd. The kind of place one could invite fellow yummy mummies or future in-laws to.

Service - everyone was friendly and adequate though they didn't give me much else to say about that.

Verdict: I've added Lei Gardens to our Return list, which isn't bad considering there are only about 3-4 other places on the list.

  • Visited December 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very Authentic So Be Careful What You Order”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

We ate here on our first night in Singapore, having been recommended to try Chijmes for a choice of restaurants near our hotel. Unfortunately Chijmes is undergoing some major renovations at the moment and there were very few restaurants open for business that night. We opted for Lei Garden and it was ok but much more "authentic" than we had experienced before. Feeling adventurous we ordered a selection of items, including a couple of things we had never seen on a menu before (neither of which were very nice). The staff spoke very little English hence were unable to help us choose more wisely. Even by Singapore standards it was an expensive meal with wine prices even we baulked at. Not somewhere we would return to.

Visited April 2014
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Blackwood, Gwent
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Oriental Fine Dining”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Located in the Chijmes complex close to the Raffles Hotel so we ate here after our obligatory Singapore Slings. The setting is lovely, an old Catholic convent which now houses lots of restaurants and bars in the buildings and the cloisters. The lei garden is in one of the halls which has very high ceilings with beautiful plasterwork. We were the only Europeans in the restaurant that night which made it a fun experience. The staff had limited English but were smiling and helpful. There are lots of fish tanks with various fish and crabs and the revolting looking geoduck ( a house speciality) where a hand often appears to catch someone's dinner.
We ordered too much, crispy duck, which was prepared at the table, belly pork and green beans, noodles and rice. We ordered wine, which was expensive but hey ho it was a top end restaurant and we would have paid more in the UK. SGD200 approx £100 so a very pleasant evening out.

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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271 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“ Ok Cantonese food, service substandard”
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

Been at Lei Garden a few years back and didn't like the food very much. (too bland).

Had a company dinner with set menu this time and the food was better than before. But keep in mind that this is a Cantonese restaurant, don't expect the bursts of spice and flavors of other Chinese cuisines.

Service was poor for such an expensive and half empty restaurant. It wasn't so much the lack of staff but the aloofness that disappointed us.

Will not return, poor value for money

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Zurich
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“Nice setting.Average food.”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Went to Lei garden for a large company dinner. Very average food - possibly struggling with the CNY rush. Service while helpful is a problem as understanding of English is very challenged. Not worth another visit.

Visited January 2014
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