We recently enjoyed a really good lunch at Lucky8 Restaurant, a Cantonese restaurant located at Shaw Center. It’s funny because in our hometowns, our families always have a couple go-to restaurants for good Chinese food. But we realized in Singapore we don’t usually venture out of the typical big Chinese restaurant chains, and it was really nice to discover this quiet gem tucked away in busy Orchard Road.
Lucky8 Restaurant Singapore Review
We started off our lunch with perennial favourites – Secret Recipe Honey Pork (char siew pork, Lucky8 restaurant edition) and Golden Crispy BBQ Roasted Pork.
The honey pork was juicy and succulent, and the sweetness of the honey complimented the pork really well. O doesn’t usually enjoy pork dishes, but she quite liked this one! The roasted pork was also really good – it was cooked perfectly and the crackling top brought the much-loved crunch to this dish. We polished the plates clean in no time at all with these two 😉
Tian Shan Xue Lian, Lucky8 restaurant’s signature double-boiled chicken soup, was very light and lovely. This clear soup had quite a herbal taste, and was especially refreshing after the two flavourful pork dishes!
A’s favourite dish of the meal was the Fried Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. The prawns were big and juicy, fried to a crisp golden perfection. The sauce was very well-balanced – flavourful without being overwhelming, and it had just the right consistency – not too dry and not too runny. One of our dining companions mentioned he didn’t usually enjoy salted-egg dishes, but he liked the Lucky8 rendition quite well.
This fried prawn dumpling is apparently an old school dimsum dish that people today don’t know too much about – but it usually invokes a sense of nostalgia among those in the know. These dumplings were a bit oily, but they had nice contrasting textures – the outer skin was very crispy while the inner hargaw skin had a glutinous consistency, and the prawns inside were very fresh.
We were also particularly impressed by the braised sea cucumber claypot. Granted it was quite oily, but the dish tasted really good. Even A who does not usually like sea cucumbers could enjoy this one.
This Hong Kong-style crab is also known as Typhoon-shelter Crab, due to the local culture whereby people staying in typhoon shelters would usually cook this crab dish and enjoy it together. It was surprisingly spicy – nothing too crazy but it definitely had a zing to it. We’d definitely recommend you to try this dish when you visit Lucky8 Restaurant. It’s a welcome change from the usual local choices of black pepper, chilli, or salted-egg crabs!
This plate of Green Dragon Dishes is the kind of vegetables that will make people want to eat veggies, even those who are usually very much opposed to it. It was really good – definitely a must try in Lucky8 Restaurant too 🙂
And of course, you have to end a Chinese meal with some carbs. This fried kway teow was good, but the beef in it was amazing. It definitely catapulted the dish from OK to omg-it’s-really-good-you-have-to-try-it. When you visit Lucky8 Restaurant, do yourself a favour and order this dish. Warning: dispute around the table might happen over who gets to eat more of the beef 😉
For desserts we had fried bananas in hot toffee. The bananas were very sweet and we liked the contrast in texture with the crispy outer skin. The toffee stuck to our teeth, but other than that it was a lovely end to a really good meal.
All in all, we’d highly recommend Lucky8 Restaurant if you’re looking for good Cantonese fare. We also particularly liked the food presentation – some of the dishes looked so pretty with the hand-drawn flowers on the side.
The restaurant really has the complete package – good food, a central location, and reasonable prices. The ambience is also suitable for both business lunches and family dinners, so you can take your pick! Plan a visit and reserve your table here>> 🙂
CoffeeTeaTravels dined at Lucky8 Restaurant Singapore by invitation from the restaurant. However, the opinions stated in this review are entirely ours 🙂
Lucky8 Restaurant Singapore Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Center, #03-07/11, Singapore 228208 Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm Sun 10am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm Telephone: (65) 6836 3070 Website: http://lucky8.com.sg/