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“A hidden gem that serves Authentic traditional Chinese Teochew dishes”

Swa Garden Teochew Restaurant
Ranked #3,503 of 11,581 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Swa Garden Teochew Restaurant is a humble over 2 decade of age Chinese restaurant situated along the shophouses along Macpherson Road, next to an Indian-Muslim roti-prata Shop. A restaurant you will most probably not notice when you drive along that stretch.

The interior decor can be described as simple traditional Chinese restaurant style, with no lavish or extensive decorations like those Chinese restaurants you visit in town. You will know that this restaurant would rather focus on the quality of food it churs out for customers than the decors.

The arrangement of the restaurant is simple, making use of all the floor space it could to fit all the dining tables for diners in neat rows. I do not think consider the place to be squeezy, it is just comfortable enough to sit and enjoy your food. You will be surprised to know that you may need to reserve a table for diner on weekends, else you may not have a table upon walk-in.

The staff at Swa Garden know their business. They seem like old timer servers who are efficient in serving and attending to your request for an extra bowl or a glass of warm water.

Highlight at Swa Garden Teochew Restaurant is simply, Food. As Teochew cuisine emphasises on very light and clean flavours, freshness of ingredients is the key to the quality of Teochew dishes and Swa Garden Teochew Restaurant excels in this aspect. Many of their dishes are worth ordering at every visit such as Braised Goose (it is basically duck meat, not goose), Teochew Cold Crabs (If you think Singapore is only famous for Chilli Crab, then you should try Teochew Cold Crab!), Meat Rolls (Prawn, Crab Rolls), Teochew-style steamed fish, Oyster Omelette (Good!) and lastly, Yam Paste (Teochew traditional dessert dish, worth a try!).

One more dish that is worth indicating in silo is the Swa Garden Teochew Chai Poh Kway Teow. Please do not mix it up with the Hokkien Fried Kway Teow. Totally worlds apart! Swa Garden Kway Teow focuses on the "wok heat" which leaves the kway teow slight charred on one side mixed with preserved radish and chopped greens to give that extra crunchy texture. A signature dish worth trying, but you must eat it while its hot to taste the "wok heat"!

This hidden gem that depends mainly on the word of mouth of those who had visited it and many had become its regulars after first visit.

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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Apparently, this restaurant has been opened for more than 30 years, and is good for birthday celebrations.

We went there for a family relative's 86th year old birthday last Sat. Besides our 7 tables of people, there was also another 2 to 3 tables of people, celebrating their birthday. The birthday song was played a few times, and we did not know that they were for the other tables, and not for our party of people.

The setting of this restaurant is rather old. However, they serve very traditional teochew food. Their sharks' fin soup is a bit tasteless. Their fried mee sua was really good, that my husband mistaken it as fried mee hun.

The only downside is that you have to leave the restaurant slightly after 10 p.m., as all their nights will be off by then.

The location of this restaurant is not very obvious, and so if not for the invitation by the family relative, we would not have known that this restaurant exists!!!!!!!!

The only thing strange about this restaurant is that they serve you the birthday bun first before giving you the main courses. The birthday buns were slightly overdone, and got stuck at the bottom of the plate.

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