Forbidden Duck Singapore is a gift that keeps on giving, courtesy of three-Michelin starred chef, Alvin Leung. Forbidden Duck Singapore specialises in Cantonese dishes and afternoon dim sum, made with only the finest ingredients chosen by the chef himself and then made even better with a few modern touches. You’ll find Forbidden Duck inside Marina Bay Link Mall on Marina Boulevard, pretty much opposite Downtown MRT station but also not far from Bayfront or Telok Ayer. It’s a stylish restaurant that we can’t get enough of and one that’s very popular. Reserve your table ahead of time to avoid missing out.
Dear diners, please be aware that both the slow-cooked duck and giant egg tart must be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance. Thank you!
Forbidden Duck Singapore may sound mysterious but the flavours at this bold Cantonese restaurant are anything but. Three-Michelin starred chef Alvin Leung ensures the very opposite, in fact, regardless of the time of day you stop by. Head to the Marina Bay Link Mall in the afternoon for a dim sum menu that’s bursting with flavour and includes dishes like fried rice with egg white and conpoy, steamed black truffle and duck tongue dumplings, or crispier options such as barbecue pork milk bun with crystal sugar. Nowhere else in Marina Bay will you find little Cantonese plates like these. That much we guarantee.
Later in the day at Forbidden Duck Singapore, the a la carte menu offers exquisite Cantonese dishes that are worth travelling for, regardless of where you’re based in the city. Signatures include the slow roasted whole duck (only a limited number of which are available daily); seafood rice in aromatic duck soup; boneless duck with taro cake and plum sauce and butter braised whole South African abalone with cauliflower. As you can see, this is not your standard Cantonese cooking. The food at Forbidden Duck Singapore is a cut above most other Chinese restaurants in Singapore and we really can’t recommend it enough.
Good location and pleasant ambience especially if you book an earlier lunch slot before the crowd rolls in. The signature duck is an obvious try. There are many more roast duck options today however and though it didn't reinvent or change the experience too much, it was fairly well executed. Chunks of the duck had unduly chewy / sinewy fats under the skin and the meat though very tender, wasn't consistently so. The clams in our signature fish paste vegetable stew had bits of sand but wasn't severe enough to warrant attention for us but is probably something a restaurant of this tier should have handled better. Overall, good choice for duck if in the area but there are more exciting options out there if one is looking specifically for a stellar duck experience.
Absolutely loved the Seafood Rice in Aromatic Duck Soup! It was so good we ordered it twice! The Lobster and Vermicelli was fantastic as well. Otherwise, rest of the dishes we had were decent, not particularly fantastic/mind-blowing. Had higher expectations for the duck and the Yuzu in the egg tart was a tad overwhelming. Service & Atmosphere however, was fantastic. Would definitely visit again for the Seafood Rice.
The seafood and duck porridge, the roast duck and the yuzu egg tart was highlight of our meal! The lobster noodles was underwhelming, prefer how they do it at Wah lok. Service was prompt and attentive, however , the Aircon was so powerful that all of us felt cold and could not wait to finish and get out!!!
AWESOME! The food was really amazing. Service was great, waitresses were able to respond in English and Mandarin. They had a trainee that couldn't answer specific menu questions, maybe better to not mention that they're a trainee.
Staff is not exactly friendly or bright. Duck was tasteless, fatty and not very crispy. Not a place if you’re looking for authentic peking duck. Stingy plate of sauces but they did bring more once asked. Egg tart pastry was good.