A lot has been said about the food, so I will skip the reviews. The evening light was no good for the food photos anyway. But if you are interested, here's a Reader's Digest version review of the food: Half of the food was great, sublime, best I've ever had. The other half was not so great.
Not so great...
The green stuff is pistachio fairy floss. Interesting!
Eating Chinese 8 course dinners my whole life, however, didn't prepare me enough for eating a 8 course degustation. Firstly, the 8 course degustation has a pre-appetiser, mid-meal serve and a pre-dessert, which means a total of 11 servings. Secondly, since eating is communal at a Chinese restaurant, you tend to pick and choose your way through the 8 courses. In an individual Western setting, (and given the price of the whole affair) we were compelled to finish what we were served. The meal was also very leisurely, (3.5 hours! and that we dashed before coffee/tea and parfaits could be served) therefore giving us ample time to feel sated.
If I were to go again, I would
a) go during lunch so I could spend the rest of the day feeling full and not the rest of the night
b) go during lunch, so I can take better photos
c) opt for the 6 course
Of course, the night dining did afford one beauty - watching the setting sun cast orange glows over the riverboats.