Fans of 40 year-old Kia Hiang Cantonese Restaurant at International Plaza would be pleased to know that there is now one more place nearer the Central Business District where one can get that famous Claypot Chicken! Myo restobar is the group’s latest venture in bringing both familiar favourites and delectable dim sum in addition to contemporary dishes that demonstrate attempts at innovating beyond the traditional. The best part of Myo restobar, however, are its affordable prices within the city. With set lunches starting from $16++ and the a-la-carte menu being reasonably priced throughout, this could very well be one more dining option for either lunch or dinner.
I have grown up with Kia Hiang’s Claypot Spring Chicken ($18++). And though I do not strictly remember the flavours from then, I’ve always heard stories from my mum about how she missed the dish’s sweet savoury broth that represented good old fashion home cooking. When they used to have an outlet in the north, we would visit the restaurant every so often till they closed. Needless to say, I was quite excited when I found out that Myo restobar would play a part in refreshing a part of my history.
Upon serve, the claypot chicken’s sweet, slightly charred aromatic was distinctly unmistakable. Though the dish is certainly not the most photogenic, much more praise must be given to its hearty flavours. Braised cabbage sweetened the thickened chicken broth, rendering each portion warm and wholesome. While some opined that the flavours are a touch one-dimensional in today’s much more elaborate culinary context, there is merit from cooking infused with soul.
Notable at Myo restobar is the selection of dim sums on the menu. One item to consider are the Healthy Walnut Buns ($4++ for 3pcs). Simple yet elegant, these buns were fluffy to the touch and boasted a sweet, caramelised fragrance when unveiled. I enjoyed these and wouldn’t mind ordering a basket as a filler throughout the meal.
The Gold Foil Dumplings with Assorted Mushrooms ($4.80++ for 3pcs) were surprisingly substantial for its size. Maybe its the robust skin, that though thick, it still retained a tender chewiness which made each dumpling easy to appreciate. The mushrooms within, brimming with savoury umami were a delightful accompaniment. The gold foil however, was more novelty than anything impressive.
One dim sum item that deserves a mention is the Flaky Angus Beef Pastry ($5.80++ for 3pcs). The pastry is crisp, buttery, and as the name suggests, flaky. But it is the use of delectable slightly peppery beef within that makes each portion stand out. Enjoyable!
The Braised Chicken Feet in Abalone Sauce ($4.80++) was also good. While the sauce is not overly salty or savoury, I must give mention to the plump portions of chicken feet that simply screamed collagen and cartilage.
Also presented for dinner was the Angus Tenderloin Cubes with Garlic and Broccoli ($18++ onwards). A decent dish throughout.
Double-boiled soups are also available at Myo restobar. From the daily double-boiled soup of the day ($5++) to the more elaborate Fish Maw, Crab Meat in Superior Broth ($9++), the restaurant offers a petite selection to choose from. We were served the Double-boiled Watercress with Pork Ribs Soup and the Double-boiled chicken soup with Ginseng ($6++). I preferred the former but did not find either particularly impressive.
Baked Hamachi Collar in Butter Sauce ($18++ each).
Double-boiled Peach Gum with Red Dates ($4++)
Myo restobar also features a mini bar area at the entrance. If the traditional house brew barley or hawthorn and roselle tea is not to your liking, guests can opt for a selection of craft beers. The White Ale which I tried was particularly delicious. Light, even throughout with a crisp flavour. Refreshing!
Myo restobar strikes an appeal with its selection of comfort Cantonese food at reasonable prices. Where the restaurant shines most is in its familiar favourites such as the Claypot Chicken and in its selection of dim sum. However, its contemporary choices are decent at best and much more work can be done in its selection and quality of soups. What remains confusing to me is the incorporation of a bar area at the restaurant’s entrance that seems to be an attempt to appeal to working professionals while offering traditional fare. Nevertheless, I would give Myo restobar another visit if I am in the area as I believe the restaurant can offer much more.
Thank you Myo restobar for the invitation.
Oxley Tower (Lobby 1)
138 Robinson Road
Access: Level 19 lift buttons are only available in each lift’s ‘inner’ lift panel. Confusing, yes.
Reservations: 6931 1247
11am to 9pm (Closed Saturdays)