Food with Heritage: The former Hullet House has emerged from a makeover as the revamped House 1881. This includes a slew of new F&B options, beginning with the simple yet elegant Cantonese restaurant, Fortune Villa.
Look & Feel: In keeping with the heritage factor of the building, Fortune Villa’s interiors are traditional, yet offer a a touch of modernity. Think lots of traditional Chinese motifs and black lacquer paired with a minimalist design aesthetic and plenty of white.
On the Menu: Expect to feast of traditional Cantonese fare and authentic dim sum designed to please modern palates. The har gao and pan-fried turnip cake were as good as they come, while the barbecued Iberico pork in honey was well-flavoured and tender. The crowdpleaser, however, was the foie gras on toast that was a total hit. Another favorite was the stir-fry dish of wok-fried shrimps with Chinese leeks and XO sauce. For dessert, the restaurant has revived the humble sesame roll, and given it an upmarket twist by presenting both black and white sesame rolls.
Jeng: Tables are big enough to order lots of food and sit lots of people. Plus, the restaurant is sectioned into different areas so you feel like you have a little privacy.
Not so Jeng: It was surprisingly quiet when we went in for lunch – but perhaps that’s because it’s still very new.
Meet the Chef: Culinary Advisor KK Ngai brings over 30 years experience to Fortune Villa. Along the way, he’s mastered a range of regional Chinese cuisines and worked throughout Asia, including Shanghai, Macau and Taiwan.
Great For: Big family meals, group catch ups.
FYI: Fortune Villa is just one of several enticing F&B offerings at House 1881 – stay tuned for more!
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