The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Chilli Pomelo, Chilli Pomelo, Chilli Pomelo.
The must-orders (if any): All Chilli Pomelo items.
Summary: Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House is the newest and third Blue Lotus concept to launch after the atas Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House in Sentosa and the accessible Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar at Science Park (Kent Ridge). The Chinese concept offers a selection of tapas-style plates (e.g. Hickory Smoked Honey-glazed Kurobuta Pork Belly), seafood (e.g. Crispy Fried King Prawns) and meat (e.g. Roast Rack of Lamb, Five Spices) mains, and even a selection of floral-infused cocktails (e.g. “Secret Admirer” involves rosemary and elderflower), but candidly speaking it is all about the chilli pomelo dishes at a Blue Lotus concept, with outlet-exclusive takes on Chilli Pomelo available at each of the Blue Lotus concepts. (I haven’t had the chance to put on my Sunday best and posh mink and trot to Sentosa for their crab, but have experienced mad love and infatuation after meeting the Chilli Pomelo Crab Meat & Minced Pork Xiao Long Bao at Science Park .) The chilli pomelo sauce demands attention more commandingly than product placement at a full-time blogger’s wedding, possessing both a insidiously vulcanian edge with the sweetness of rudely squirtastic pomelo all at once. With regard to the two dishes I had involving this sweet-spicy marvel, the Crab Balls hid a marvellously moist and stringy secret beneath its crusty skin, and the Australian Mussels played a wobbly, oyster-esque game.
Crab Balls with Chilli Pomelo Sauce ($22).
Chilli Pomelo Australian Blue Mussels with Fried Mantou ($22).
Grilled “San Bei” Pork Jowl ($26). Whilst the san bei sauce plays it very faithful, the pork jowl defies textural expectations, being all King Koil-springy tenderness with a simultaneously fatty and taut gelatinous layer not unlike an Eagle Company BMT recruit who had suddenly discovered Ritual Gym.
Signature Blue Lotus – chrysanthemum-infused gin with a touch of orange ($15).
Rosehip Collins – rosehip and hibiscus infused gin with freshly squeezed lemon juice ($13).
Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House
5 Wallich Street
#01-13 Tanjong Pagar Centre