Asia Grand has its roots at Asia Hotel in 1982, when the current three HK-born owners, Andy Chau, Jacky Ma and Danny Sin, were involved in running the Singapore outpost of Tsui Hang Village, a HK-based restaurant chain. Throughout most of the 1990s, the unassuming Tsui Hang Village served the best Peking duck in Singapore - I remembered that was one of our favourite lunches when I was working at the Auditor-General’s Office in the Ministry of Environment Building, just across Scotts Road from Asia Hotel then.
Tsui Hang Village rebranded itself Asia Grand in 2005 when it broke away from its HK chain, and subsequently moved to Odeon Towers in 2007 when Asia Hotel was demolished in a re-development project. Last Sep 2022, it moved to its current location inside Fairmont Hotel. Back in the 1990s when this was the Westin Plaza, the space was occupied by Szechuan Court restaurant for the longest time.
Asia Grand still prides itself on serving some of the best Cantonese dim sum in town today. Personally, I feel there is very little that separates the standard of its dim sum from those at its many rivals in town: Imperial Treasure at ION Orchard, Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck at Paragon, Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine at Great World City, Crystal Jade Palace at Takashimaya, Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon, Taste Paradise at ION Orchard, Lei Garden at Chijmes, Jade Garden at Forum Galleria, amongst others. What makes the difference was their long-standing relationship with their loyal clientele: one could see that most of the customers in the packed restaurant are regulars.
Our lunch today:
Steamed assorted mushroom dumpling
Char siew pao
Steamed chicken feet with black bean sauce
Steamed cheong fun with shrimp
Steamed charcoal buns with salted egg-yolk custard filling
Baked rice with waxed meats
Dessert: crispy Chinese pancake with lotus paste filling
Always good to catch up with family and old family friends over a lazy yum cha lunch.
Asia Grand Restaurant
252 North Bridge Rd, #03-22B Fairmont Singapore (South Tower), Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6887 0010
Lunch: 11.30am-3pm Mon to Fri, 11am-3pm Sat & Sun.
Dinner: 6pm-10pm daily