Eyebrows raise in delight as a smartly-dressed waiter arrives while balancing a ginormous bamboo basket before placing it gently on the large marble table that sits in the VIP room at Yü By Ruyi. Established by the genius founders behind Ruyi & Lyn, this latest chic establishment is set to charm curious diners with its creative take on modern Chinese cuisine. Located right beside the Riverview entrance of The Gardens Mall, the establishment’s modern-chic interiors — which have been tastefully decorated with elegant marble, copper trimmings and cheerful pastel colours — provide some respite to urbanites seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day city life.
Complementing the pleasing aesthetics of the restaurant’s design is the menu which showcases a carefully curated list of creative dishes inspired by flavourful traditional Chinese recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Crafted by award-winning Chef James Ho of Ruyi & Lyn, signature dishes worth salivating over include Chick-U-Tei, a deconstructed version of the classic Chinese herbal soup; Flower Pillow tofu infused with full-bodied Japanese green tea enhanced with caviar, salmon roe and fragrant oats; and the delectable Pekingnese Princess sandwich comprising aromatic crispy duck skin paired with a swirl of airy and very tasty foie gras mousse.
Discerning diners craving for smaller bites will be amazed by the impressive smorgasbord of colourful and creative dim sum served at Yü By Ruyi. Inspired by the traditional breakfast ritual that began in ancient China, when travellers along the Silk Road would take a break at tea houses, the restaurant has decided to go all out in creating their own modern spin on these yummy treats. The result: a menagerie of animal-shaped dim sum that look almost too adorable to eat! Highlights to be had include fluffy buns shaped like plump hedgehogs and pumpkins; crispy puffs filled with mouthwatering meats such as wagyu and duck; and savoury dumplings stuffed with unagi, prawns and abalone.
Yü By Ruyi, G-243, Riverview Entrance, The Gardens Mall,
Tel: 03-2202 2602; www.facebook.com/yubyruyi/