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You can now have a great lunch or dinner whether meeting family or friends or flying out yourself. Conveniently located inside T3, the terminal is also very accessible to and from T1 and T2.

On 13 July 2008, Alfred LEUNG opened his eighth Imperial Treasure restaurant inside Crowne Plaza Hotel in Terminal 3, Singapore Airport.

Story By Ch'ng Poh Tiong
Photos By Yew Xin Yi

Food at airports, although, usually better than airline food, the difference in standard is normally not by very much.

My favourite airport food used to be in Hong Kong because you can get, after immigration, good char-siew and roast duck rice from Cafe de Coral and decent Teochew dishes from an outlet of Pak Lok restaurant.

However, since 13 July 2008, Singapore can boast that it now has the best restaurant in any airport in the world.

On top of that, this restaurant also has the best value-for-money wine list of any airport restaurant on the planet. The cause for celebration is the Imperial Treasure Group, which has opened a Cantonese restaurant inside Crowne Plaza Hotel in Terminal 3 of Changi Airport.

Apart from the great food and outstanding wine list, it is also very convenient to drive straight into the underground car-park, take one flight of escalator up, walk pass a short corridor, with the restaurant just on the left. The restaurant and hotel are actually inside Terminal 3! If you prefer to take public transport, just hop onto the MRT.

At the same time, Terminal 3 is very accessible, via a complimentary sky-train, from Terminals 1 and 2. So, whether you are visiting or transitting at Singapore, or a Singaporean departing from the airport, you will enjoy the same convenience.

The Imperial Treasure Group was started by Alfred Leung in 2004 after he left the Crystal Jade Group (which he had co-founded in 1991). Originally from Hong Kong he started work at age 17 in 1969. In 1990, Leung became a Singapore citizen.

Presently, there are Imperial Treasure restaurants in Great World City, Ngee Ann City, Suntec City (Singapore may be a small country but it sure has many "Cities") and, now, Changi Airport. Or as it is better known, 'Singapore Airport'.

If you are already familiar with Imperial Treasure's downtown Great World City outlet, you will also enjoy the same Cantonese cuisine at their T3 restaurant. Dim sum is available during the afternoon and there is also live seafood. The restaurant's commitment to wine is emphasized by the fact that as soon as you step into it, the customised wine-cellar room is right in front of you.

The main dining room to the left is spacious and comfortable. As for the six private rooms, these have been very elegantly designed. The capacity of the outside dining area is 88 whereas the private rooms, collectively, can hold another 50.

Imperial Treasure is a tenant of Crowne Plaza Hotel. However, should you decide to hold a banquet or, even, a wedding in the hotel, you might like to know that the Chinese food will be catered from Imperial Treasure. The hotel's ballroom can hold 200 people.

Although the T3 restaurant is the Imperial Treasure Group's newest and eighth outlet in Singapore, the group already has a "La Mian Xiao Long Bao" stall after immigration inside T3, and a Hong Kong-style noodle and congee outlet outside the Departure Hall in Terminal 1.

The great advantage about the new Imperial Treasure restaurant in Crowne Plaza Hotel is that it is before airport immigration. This means you can have a top quality Cantonese lunch or dinner before catching a flight. Or, if you were a Singaporean or resident returning from a trip, catch up with the family for a 'Reunion Dinner' before heading home.


Crowne Plaza Hotel
T3, Singapore Changi Airport
Tel: (65) 68 22 82 28

Operation Hours:
Lunch: 11.30 AM to 3 PM
Dinner: 6 to 10.30 PM
Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year


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