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Mimi Restaurant, Clarke Quay: Affordable AND Delicious Reunion Dinner Sets at 150 Year-old National Monument

mimi restaurant
Mimi Restaurant is on the second floor of this mansion which used to house the secret society gang, Ghee Hok Society, 150 years ago.

Taking over the space of VLV, Mimi Restaurant at Clarke Quay (which means “secret” in Chinese) is helmed by head chef Wei Jie who curates a modern Chinese menu, combining some of the Western techniques he has picked up at Michelin-starred restaurants.

mimi restaurant interior

They offer a range of CNY 8-course menus (until 15th Feb), starting from $288/$360 (4 pax/5 pax) to $428/$535 (4 pax/5pax). There is also a vegetarian option at $78 per pax. We were given the $288 set for this tasting.

mimi restaurant - yusheng

The prosperity yusheng includes a bit of everything such as abalone, bak kwa and salmon sashimi. This is also available as an a la carte ($68 5 pax, $88 8 pax). What is special about this yusheng is that they use pomegranate sauce, instead of plum sauce, making it moreish.

mimi restaurant - soup
4-treasure soup

Not quite sure what is in the braised 4-treasure soup, but there is no shark’s fin. It is comforting.

mimi restaurant - tangerine prawns
Prawns with tangerine sauce

Scattered with roasted almond, the king prawn ball with preserved tangerine mayo is inspired and festive. The prawns are crispy and plump; the sauce is original and tangy. The gold colour is so auspicious.

mimi restaurant - barramundi
Wild caught barramundi

Although the texture and handling methods are similar with the previous dish, the king prawn ball, the wild caught barramundi wrapped in a sticky soya-based sauce is tasty. However, if they had pan-fried instead of deep-frying it, the fish wouldn’t curl up and would make a better presentation.

mimi restaurant - moneybags
Moneybags

These moneybags are dried beancurd puffs stuffed with minced Kurobuta pork, dried oysters, Chinese mushroom
and black moss – then deep fried. They are especially great paired with the slightly bitter braised vegetables.

mimi restaurant - roast chicken
Roast chicken

The 5-spice roasted free range chicken is common enough but the skin is so crisp that we were amazed. However, Mimi has a chicken dish that they serve combust in flames. I thought they should have included that in the CNY menu – it is way more fun.

mimi restaurant - fried rice
Fried rice with abalone

We didn’t quite like the last two dishes, the carb and the dessert. The carb dish, fried rice with abalone, doesn’t have much taste. They stir-fry it well, with each granule separate, but it is so bland that it made my family think that we all had COVID.

Red bean pancake and osmanthus jelly

The desserts are not great too so they give two. The crispy Shanghai red bean pancake‘s skin is thick; it should be thin and crisp. The osmanthus jelly comes in a bowl of iced mixed fruit syrup, the fruits make the dessert feel cheap. It would be better if they remove the canned fruits and just put the osmanthus jelly in syrup.

This well-priced 8-course CNY menu is not without flaws–some dishes are similar and could have done with more varied styles of cooking–but, besides the last two dishes, the food is delectable and original and fun. My family enjoyed the meal.


CNY MENU

mimi restaurant - CNY Set A
CNY Set A
mimi restaurant - CNY Set B
CNY Set B
mimi restaurant - CNY Set C
CNY Set C

Mimi Restaurant
Clarke Quay #01-02 , 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
tel: +65 8879 0688
Weekends & PH (dim sum brunch): 11am – 3pm
Tue – Sun: 6pm – 10.30pm
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Food: 7/10
Price: 6.5/10
Decor: 7/10


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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho. This is an invited tasting.

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