In the quaint, old-world and historically rich environment of Raffles Hotel the mythical Doc Cheng was created—a colonial oddball known for his restorative tonics and penchant for a few drinks. He presides over this restaurant where you can savor innovative and award-winning Asian cuisine served up by restaurant Chef Joe Soo. Expect creative blends of different flavors and textures with evident influences from East and West in dishes like the szechuan rack of lamb; karashi miso cod; and crab cakes. And if you’re feeling up to it, try one of Doc’s famous health potions or a lovely glass of house Riesling.
The mythical, eccentric Doc Cheng Soo Wen is a compelling figure who has always been a draw for this elegant, colonial-style restaurant. The food, however, has sparked off mixed opinions, so when we heard that a new chef was taking over the kitchen we trooped back to see how things were faring. And things are the best we have experienced here in a while. Doc Cheng’s unique brand of fusion cuisine is still very much the order of the day—our BBQ pork with pineapple and ginger confit starter was a delicious homemade char siew, and the smoked trout was tender and light, almost like sashimi. Both our mains, beef tenderloin and lamb patties with potato masala, were great, with good and surprising combinations of flavors that characterize Doc Cheng’s food. The service was top notch, with servers keeping up even though the restaurant was busy. Adding to the ambiance created by whicker furniture, colonial art and painted china, was the restaurant’s signature list of prescriptive cocktails that the old Doc swears by. The elegant and exotic package of Doc Cheng’s gives this restaurant novelty value and makes it an especially good place to entertain guests.
|Address:||Doc Cheng’s, 1 Beach Rd., Singapore, 189673 Singapore|
|Open since:||January, 1995|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri noon-2pm; daily 6:30-10pm|
|Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: Raffles Hotel carpark, Dress requirements: smart casual|
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