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Imperial Herbal Restaurant

1 Harbour Front Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: 65 6337 0491's insider take:

This culinary address is a must for foodie travelers with a sense of adventure. Enter with an open mind: The waitress feels each diner's pulse, then inspects the tongue before taking an order. Jet-lagged diners are invariably advised to start with fried egg whites, scallops, and ladybell root—believed to stimulate the body's energy source, or qi. A resident herbalist whips up organic remedies made from dried caterpillars and pickled sea horses, which are added to dishes like the double-boiled snow frog's glands with rock sugar, said to improve liver and kidney functions. Order over-the-top items for bragging rights only: Stick to the less outrageous-sounding dishes, and you're likely to be pleased.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 am to 6:00 pm and 8:30 to 10:30 pm.

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