Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro is the product of a proud culinary legacy that began with the founding of Japan’s first Szechwan restaurant in 1958 by Chen Kenmin, regarded as the “Father of Szechwan cuisine in Japan.” Carrying on the family tradition is his eldest son, Chen Kenichi, nicknamed the “Szechwan Sage” and acclaimed as one of Japan’s most celebrated Iron Chefs. Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro is the brand’s first foray outside of Japan, helmed by third-generation Chen Kentaro. Himself a rising culinary star in Japan, Chef Kentaro meticulously articulates his mastery of Szechwan cuisine through creative menus that incorporate the freshest of seasonal ingredients to celebrate the signature flavours of Shisen Hanten. The most popular item on the menu is Chen’s Mapo Doufu, an original Chen family recipe using doubanjiang (chilli broad bean paste) that is fermented over three years. The end result is an extraordinarily soft and silky tofu dish that is best enjoyed when deliciously paired with a bowl of fragrant Hokkaido rice. Other must-try dishes are Chen’s Original Spicy Noodle Soup; Stewed Fish Fillet in Super Spicy Szechwan Pepper Sauce; and Sautéed Szechwan Chilli Pepper and Chicken.
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Address

333 Orchard Road
Level 35 Mandarin Orchard, Orchard Wing
Singapore 238867

Friday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Monday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday:
12:00pm - 12:00pm
06:00pm - 10:00pm

Price

~$90/pax

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Brought the family here for a celebration and we totally enjoyed this dish from Shisen Hanten; you can really tell when you eat nice peking ducks vs the mediocre ones. Also, half a duck costs about $40. We loved the delish amalgamation of the crisp duck skin, cucumber and the delightful sauce in the pancake. A must-try. ♡

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[E2] London roast duck - $42 half / $80 whole
伦敦烧鸭 / 四川飯店特製ローストロンドンダック

Great for sharing, juicy & succulent.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope)
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

[O3] Sweet eggplant in pickled chilli pepper sauce - $20
魚香茄子 / マーボーナス

Good level of heat - milder than the famous Mapo Doufu, but still packs a punch. Eggplants are not soggy (great texture). Sauce goes great with Hokkaido steamed rice - which you must also pair the Mapo Doufu with, too! MUST!!!! 🍚

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

[L5] Deep-fried chicken with Chef’s special sauce - $26
味淋香炸鸡块 / ユーリンチー

We ordered this not by popular demand but because there was someone present at the table that is a very fussy eater. Portion seems oddly small, so I didn't eat this. (I don't fancy fried food in the first place)

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

Steamed Soon Hock in Soya Sauce & Ginger - very fresh, cooked to perfection. Simplicity is the best. & this goes without saying - be careful of the bones!

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

[C6] Foie gras chawanmushi with crab roe soup - $32
蟹黄鹅肝汤 / フォアグラの茶碗蒸し 蟹の旨味スープ

I've never had foie gras this way! Amazingly creamy & very harmonious flavours.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

Of course I had to try the signature dish: [O1] Chen’s Mapo Tofu 陳麻婆豆腐 / 四川飯店伝統のマーボードーフ ($24++/portion).

You definitely need to pair this with a bowl of fragrant steamed Hokkaido white rice 🍚 to enjoy it, because it is too salty to eat on its own (trust me). I don't eat spicy food often - I was sweating by the end of this! But glad that I tried this as it is not something I eat often, so I'd want nothing but the best.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

Started off our meal with a bowl of [C3] Sichuan Hot & Sour Soup with Seafood 海鮮酸辣汤 / 海鮮入りスーラータン ($14++).

This was a good balance of 小辣 (mildly spicy) & sour. The thick soup was kept warm by the tealight candle at the bottom, which is great.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
📶 No WiFi available
🖥 Accepts reservations (Chope), but I was able to walk in for lunch
🌟 2 Michelin Stars

This is my wife's favourite dish here. First introduced to this dish 10 years ago in Boston's Chinatown, I was told the whole slab of pork was first boiled till cooked in water, then sliced up before stir frying in the pan with the various spices.
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At Shisen, it wasn't over fried so the meat remains succulent. It also better balanced, and I don't mean just about cutting back on oil, salt and chilli, because my wife is very certain they've used some miso so it's fuller in flavour.

This is the real deal. I've had the mapo tofu at OUE Downtown, but I found this version to be more intense in its Szechuan flavours - more smoky, more tangy and more spicy. Yet, it's more well balanced than most of the "authentic Szechuan" dishes I've had cooked by mainland Chinese chefs. The dou ban jiang felt more mature, and richer in the sweetness of the meat.
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I've always loved Szechuan food. I've always said that all they needed to do was to go all out in terms of oil, salt, chilli and numbing spices, but this showed me that there's a Mapo Tofu that I love more, and it's a more well balanced one.

🔥Chen’s original spicy soup noodles (担担面/担々麺) was quite average.
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四川飯店 Shisen Hanten**, Singapore
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Haven't even started posting my Tokyo trip in Feb & Bangkok trip in March, and I'm now off to Bali.😂✈️👒👙

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The meal started with some dim sum. TBH I can never understand a (starred) Chinese restaurant specialized in Szechwan cuisine also offers dim sum. The platter includes steamed ”siew mai” topped with tobiko (蟹子蒸烧卖/蟹肉入り焼売), Steamed prawn dumplings (鲜虾饺/海老蒸し餃子), Steamed scallop dumplings (凤眼双子饺/ほたて餃子). Look at that poor prawn dumpling...😂🙄️Followed by some steamed crab meat dumplings (蟹肉苋菜饺 / 蟹の蒸し餃子)
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四川飯店 Shisen Hanten**, Singapore
#missneverfull_sg

This 2 michelin star restaurant uses plump Irish ducks, with a lovely meaty flavour.

Chef Kentaro has infused it with a smoky aroma, a robust savoury salty taste, yet the duck meat remains moist and tender, with a slight chew.
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Shisen Hanten
333 Orchard Road
#35-01 Mandarin Orchard Singapore

The soup had a Jekyll-&-Hyde split personality, with one spoonful offering rich, clear and sweet comfort and the next spoonful being a pleasurably searing, formidably hellish numbness, courtesy of the perverted peppercorns, chilli oil and gratuitous amounts of dried chilli that completely covered the surface of the dish as it was served to the table. The soup was such a schizophrenic marvel that you may completely forget about the titular cod, which was smooth, buttery and Nassim Hill-esque in its luxuriousness. 4.3/5

Was privileged to visit this place before the announcement of its 2 Michelin Star award 😊
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Very juicy, very tender, very flavorful. The duck was extremely well marinated, and had a deep umami-ish herbal flavor with each bite. Apparently it takes 1 day to prepare so let them know in advance! 2 Michelin stars for a reason man. -
HTW (Hearty, Tasty, Worthy): 4 / 5 / 3

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