Yan was an unlikely choice for lunch with a friend of mine. Unlikely, only because when faced with the question of where to have lunch, my brain just doesn’t gear itself to picking a Cantonese restaurant.
It just starts whirring around on where to find a good set lunch – and most of the time, it will be Western.
But I was itching for a change, and when I saw that Yan had a $38, 5-course set lunch menu, I suggested it to my friend who was, needless to say, surprised that we weren’t heading for one of the new European restaurants in town.
In any case, the National Gallery is a wonderful place to have lunch. Not only can you make a pre or post lunch visit to view the largest collection of modern art in South-east Asia, you can also take one of the many free tours that are held daily and dive a little deeper into artworks or the history of the building.
I was lucky to catch one that focused on the architecture of the beautiful gallery.
But enough about that. On to the food.
Yan’s 5-course set lunch comprised dim sum, soup, noodles, fish and dessert. I have a feeling that would have been enough for us, but greedy us ordered xiao long bao and radish cake as extras. And sure enough, it made us so full that we could barely finish our noodles.
Next time, I really want to try the Peking duck at Yan. Judging by the what I had so far and other reviews, sounds like it would be a cracker!
Yan Cantonese Restaurant:
Address: #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Tel: +65 6384 5585
Daily: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6pm to 10.30pm