Famous Treasure 名厨 @ Capitol Piazza – quality Nanyang cuisine that worth the visit
You can easily find Chinese restaurant specailised in serving Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien or authentic local provincial cuisine in Singapore, however, serving the typical NanYang or South East Asia fare may not be too common here, that’s exactly what makes Famous Treasure – a Chinese restaurant a difference here.
Launched in 2018, Famous Treasure presents a modern dining experience that represents our diverse gastronomy, you can find your all-time favorites zichar dishes here like the Curry Fish Head, KL-style black Hokkien mee, Cantonese roasted duck, Teochew Seasoning Cockles and braised meat etc, but all with a modern twists. An extensive range of rare and boutique wines and whiskeys are also available to complement the dining experience.
The main branch at Sembawang is already a popular eatery among the residents for its good quality food and reasonably price, it is now expanded into the city area with its unmistakably Chinese style classic setup with private rooms. We have not tried the Sembawang outlet and can’t make any fair comparison here.
Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Eggs (S$10)
You can indulge in a package of Irvin or Golden Duck salted eggs crispy fish skin, but munching freshly cooked salted egg fish skin is a complete different enjoyment, the thin crispy fish skin was fried with fresh salted egg yolk, take note, not the processed salted egg yolk powder but fresh chunky salted egg yolk. Heavenly starter that loved by all. (4.5/5.0)
Live Flower Crab baked with Salt (Seasonal price)
If there is only one dish to pick in our choice, the rock salt baked flower crab unquestionably will come top on the list, the freshness and sweetness of the flower crabs, the savoury flavour by the rock salt, the char aroma infused from the baking process, everything come together created this divinely smoky baked crustacean dish that lingered on your fingers long after you gnawed the last bit from the shell. Yes, you need the finger work but it worth every effort to dive into this dish, seriously, we have not come across a similar dish with such a memorable taste, a must try here. (4.9/5.0)
Roasted “Silver Hill” Irish Duck (S$38 half $68 Whole)
Famous quality breed duck flew in from Ireland, roasted and doused with special light sauce. Tender and juicy meat with a layer of fat beneath the skin, a dipping sauce for an added layer of flavour but what presented was good enough on its own. (3.9/5.0)
Wok-Fried Squid with Chinchalok and lady’s finger or okra (S$18 / 28 / 36)
Fresh squid was stir-fried with okra and Chinchalok, the Nanyang flavour infused dish was unique and nice, curly squid was perfectly cooked to the right texture with the mild chichalok taste, another showcase of their signature dish here. (4.3/5.0)
Traditional Fish Head Curry (S$35 for half a head / S$65 Whole)
Another signature dish here, it was neither the Indian style nor the Paranakan assam that we familiar with but something between the two. It has a subtle and well-balance of spicy with sourness taste with tangy and robust flavour from the assam, the ang goli fish head was meaty and fresh, very appetizing and a great dish to go with a bowl of fragrant rice. (4.5/5.0)
Kuala Lumpur-style Hokkien fried noodles (S$18 / 28 / 36)
The ‘fat’ noodle was not commonly available locally, it has exact texture to the original KL Hokkien fried noodle and Famous Treasure never failed to deliver the flavour and taste, rich and viscous dark gravy permeated each strain of the noodle and further elevated by the chunky crispy pork lard, big prawns and slices of pork. (4.0/5.0)
Yam paste or Orh Nee (S$8)
Smooth, right sweetness and fragrant yam with a hint of shallot flavour to perk up this beloved dessert. A nice finishing touch to complete the dinner. (4.0/5.0)
We tried other desserts eg. Shanghai pancake, glutinous rice balls in ginger water etc but fairly ordinary and will not mention here.
We have to agree that Famous Treasure truly delivered some of the remarkable Nanyang dishes here, we are deeply impressed with the Live Flower Crab baked with Salt, the Traditional Fish Head Curry or even the simple Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Eggs just to name a few. This is a place definitely worth a visit for the delectable Nanyang cuisine.
# Disclaimer: this is an invited food review but with our honest opinions
# GST and Service Charge applicable
A: 13 Stamford Rd, #02-28 Capitol Piazza Singapore 178905
T: +65 6881 6668/+65 97307548
H: Daily Monday to Sunday Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm (last order 2.30pm) Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order 10.00pm)