Savoy Kitchen – Proper Hainan Chicken Rice At An Italian Joint

by Franklin on November 14, 2011

Hainan chicken — it looks so bland and regular, I didn’t understand it at first.  Knowing that Savoy Kitchen makes a killer Hainan chicken rice, I had to give it a try. But once I got to the restaurant, I was skeptical.  Savoy, which for the most part felt like an Italian restaurant, did not seem like a place to get authentic Hainan chicken.  I was wrong.

The Hainan chicken came out, and from the looks of it, it looked bland.  The plate was white and beige, and lacked color.  I surely did not eat with my eyes.  Once I took a bite, I was pleasantly surprised.  The chicken was moist and had a rich flavor. What makes this dish though, are the sauces.  My favorite was the ginger sauce — it just went perfectly with the chicken.  Mixing it with the soy sauce was good too.  Taking a bite of rice and chicken with sauce was a perfect mix of flavors.  Such a simple dish, but delicious.

The shrimp rolls were good too, but kind of small.  It had a nice crunch and seafood flavor. Dipping it in the sauce was even better.  I would order these again as they were a nice appetizer.

I was impressed with the creme brulee.  I didn’t know Asian restaurants had creme brulee, but I must have forgotten that this was also an Italian restaurant. The dessert was perfect.  The custardy inside was gooey.  I love breaking that caramelized hardened top.  This is a must get after a nice meal at Savoy.

In hind sight, this is a weird restaurant.  It’s more of an Italian restaurant than anything else, but they serve some of the best Hainan chicken rice around. I don’t understand it — I just accept it.  Don’t ask questions, clear your mind, and just eat.  There is a wait sometimes, as the inside and outside seating is small and cramped.  I am curious about their Italian dishes though.  I hear good things.


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