Monday, 2 January 2012

Chatterbox - Mandarin Hotel - Singapore. Singapore.


On a recent trip to Singapore, I had a list of the places I really wanted to go to and Chatterbox was one of them. Having read numerous blogs about this place, being known to have the most expensive chicken rice in Singapore, I was keen to try. The chicken rice is a speciality of Singapore and if you're in Singapore you have to try it. It's the MUST have dish and my absolute favourite!
Chatterbox is located within the Mandarin Orchard Hotel, a luxurious hotel in the main shopping district of Singapore. To get to the restaurant, you have to enter through the lobby of the hotel and go up the lift to level 5. Its decor is modern and refreshing, done in hues of green and beige and is rather casual and relaxed compared to the hotel environment.

Cold and refreshing water is served on arrival and topped up occasionally. Menu includes items such as chicken rice, lobster laksa, nasi lemak, herbal bak kut teh but we opted for the speciality which the was 'Chicken Rice' ($22). Priced well above the normal price of chicken rice in Singapore, we were expecting something out of the ordinary as you can get this at hawker stores for the measly price of $2.
We were given a choice of breast or thigh meat and we chose the latter.
The serving size was generous. The dish was served with its usual condiments of chilli sauce, minced ginger and dark soya sauce. The chicken was tender and smooth and the sauces matched well. The side soup was refreshing. The rice was fluffy, wasn't oily and had that chicken flavour. Overall an excellent dish but the question is it worth the money? Probably not. You can get great tasting 'Chicken Rice' in may parts of Singapore at a fraction of that price.
For me, it was about the experience and being able to tick it off as I have been there and done that.

Mandarin Orchard
333 Orchard Road
Singapore 238867

Phone no: 6831 6288/91

Opening Hours
All-day Dining
Sunday - Thursday: 10.00am - 1.00am
Friday, Saturday & eve of public holiday: 10.00am – 2.00am

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