Restaurant Review: Madame Fan at JW Marriott South Beach's NCO Club, the latest Chinese fine dining destination in Singapore
East meets West
Singapore has a new little secret hideaway, where you can step back into the Jazz Age of opulence and relive the times of Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties. Be a Buchanan for a day (or night) on the second level of the reopened NCO Club at Madame Fan, where a world of entertainment will take you back to the Roaring Twenties — with a scintillating Chinese twist.
More than just a dining experience, Madame Fan immerses you into a space that connects with the deepest level of your being. Famed London-based restaurateur Alan Yau spearheads the rebirth of Chinese dining in Singapore by bringing together craft, service and ambience to create an experiential gourmet journey for consumers, which starts the minute you set foot into the door. Yau is known for spearheading eateries such as Asian restaurant chain Wagamama and Chinese fine-dining restaurant Hakkasan.
Expect your hosts for the night to attend to you with a level of hospitability Gatsby could perhaps learn from. Cruise down the corridors of the ornate building and sneak into The Lounge, a plush lounge donned with teal velour couches and an ornate bar-table top, serving the finest Old World Wines, Grower Champagnes and your classic cocktails. Try the Peach Bellini, a refreshing pre-dinner cocktail to spritz up your palate. Otherwise, get seated on one of their intimate four-seater tables, which Yau believes will “nurture connection between you and your guests". Hosting a party? Not to worry. There are private rooms catered for bigger groups, nestled a corridor away from the main dining area to give you and your friends all the seclusion you need.
An impressive spread of dim sum selections aside, Madame Fan also boasts five house specialty dishes — a brazen showcase of Yau’s signature eclectic touch of redefinition. Try the Drunken Crab Rice Noodle with 20 year-old gu yue long shan rice wine, a beautiful harmony of the seafood's natural sweetness with the rounded acidity of the Chinese liquor. The Lobster Cantonese is another must-try, a London Chinese special dressed in ginger and spring onion, and served with springy wonton noodles. Still hungry? Indulge in the richness of their Double Boiled Four Treasure Soup, packed with sea cucumber and fish maw goodness, or their tasty hand-cut Taiwanese noodles, sprinkled with wind-dried pork. The dishes here boast of sophistication whilst retaining the authenticity of its Chinese roots, incorporating slight hints of Western influences that complement and open up new dimensions of these traditional flavours.
Madame Fan is here to take you on an experiential journey through the dramatic grandiosity of cinematography, and we can't wait to see what else is in store. Launching together with the restaurant on 23 April are two other venues in The NCO Club — Fish Pool, a champagne, caviar and oyster bar deemed to be the rendezvous for our city's glam squad, and the Stag's Room, a cosy wine room featuring a reserve of vintage and exclusive wines from America and Australia. The final concept of this entertainment haven, Cool Cats, is a live music venue featuring delicious, contemporary cocktails alongside reviving performances and will open early June this year.
Madame Fan is open now and takes dining reservations.
32 Beach Road, Tel: 6818 1921
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