(Avenue Joffre had since ceased operations.)
Avenue Joffre is one of the newest tenants which is situated along the area where most of the celebrity chef restaurants are located in Resorts World Sentosa, taking up the unit in between Syun and Osia which had been left empty for quite some time.
Named after a street in Shanghai, Avenue Joffre aims to bring back the nostalgic Shanghai vibes of the 1930s by offering authentic Chinese dishes in the restaurant. As a result of this, the decor is a fusion of Chinese with a slight French influence for Avenue Joffre was part of the French Concession in Shanghai. The menu of Avenue Joffre features mainly Chinese fare from various parts of China, but they do also serve a variety of dimsum in the afternoon during lunch hours as well.
(Deep-Fried Shrimp and Fruit Roll)
Starting off with a few dimsum, we went for the Deep-Fried Shrimp and Fruit Roll, which features mango and prawn encased in the light and crisp golden-brown batter. The rolls were stuffed to the brim, with fresh, chunky prawns along with subtly sweet mangoes within. Unlike other places which serve similar dishes, Avenue Joffre has cleverly pipe the mayonnaise into the rolls as well instead of serving the mayonnaise on the side; the result was a well-balanced flavour on the inside, featuring not just the natural sweetness of the mangoes, but creamy mayonnaise which neutralises with the prawns as well and lightens the fried feel of the dish.
(Pan-fried Turnip Cake with Preserved Meats)
Pan-fried Turnip Cake with Preserved Meats was pretty decent; soft and carried fibres and subtle flavour of turnips flavoured with savoury Chinese sausages, pan-fried to a light crisp. A tip for this dish though; try not to leave it out there for too long before it turns soft, for they split quite easily when picked up with the chopstick after leaving it on the table for some time.
(Baked BBQ Pork Bun)
While Avenue Joffre is not the first one in Singapore to be known for their Baked BBQ Pork Bun, nor did they open with a Michelin Star in their deck, their Baked BBQ Pork Bun is perhaps one of the best that we have ever had. These buns came with a crusty exterior, which were delightfully light and crisp but holds up the heft of its fillings surprisingly well. Coming filled with BBQ Pork, they have practically left no gaps in this one; each hole seems to be felt like they have been filled with the savoury-sweet meat and honey-glaze sauce, yet not at any one point of time overwhelmingly sweet. A must try for those who love BBQ Pork Buns!
The Three Combinations Roast Platter comes with a choice of Honey-glazed Barbecued Pork, Roasted Crisp Pork Belly, Roasted Cantonese Duck, Roasted Suckling Pig, Poached Chicken in Conpoy Sauce and Marinated Soya Chicken, of which we picked the former three. This came with jellyfish as a side, and is accompanied with two dipping sauces. Of the three, we preferred the Roasted Crisp Pork Belly which features a savoury, thin and crisp skin with mostly lean meat at the bottom that carries the bite with a smoky flavour which goes well with the mustard sauce. Honey-glazed Barbecued Pork was sliced in larger chunks, so you could savour each bite with the chunky meat which was coated in honey-glaze; subtly sweet yet carrying the pork flavours pretty well which combines nicely with the plum sauce. Roasted Cantonese Duck came with crisp skin, coated in a honey sauce which gave it a light sweetness, but would do better if the duck meat could be less dry.
(Stir Fried Crab with Glutinous Rice)
Stir Fried Crab with Glutinous Rice was actually one of the dishes which we got recommended on our very first visit to Avenue Joffre (which was also a paid visit where we had mostly dim sum), and we have decided to return for as we were very much convinced by the quality of the food since that visit. Unlike the usual glutinous rice which is often filling and sticky, the glutinous rice here had absorbed the umami flavours of the sauces, Chinese wine and crustacean which made it moist and delectable, all of it while being not too heavy. Crab meat was plump and succulent, fresh and carried its own natural subtle sweet flavour. A pretty stellar dish that is good for groups!
(Steamed Egg Yolk Bun)
By now, liu sha bao is quite a common fare across Chinese restaurants that sell dimsum but we found it hard to resist the Steamed Egg Yolk Bun every time we are here. We loved the light and fluffy bun of apt thickness while encasing molten salted egg yolk custard lava of a good salty-sweet balance, exuding just the right tones of salted egg yolk with just enough sweetness. The buns were also pretty filled up, with the custard bursting out of the bun with every bite.
Avenue Joffre might not have much of the glitz and glamour of the celebrity chef restaurants situated around it, but their food has the quality to impress while having the price range to fit into the mid-range crowd. If you are one who does not mind the travel into Sentosa Island for good food, this is one spot you should not miss!
26 Sentosa Gateway
#02-137 Resorts World Sentosa