Chefs’ Forum Favourite Daren Liew Opens Nanyang Blossom in Trendy Knightsbridge

The Chefs’ Forum were treated to a pre-opening taste of new restaurant Nanyang Blossom recently.

Opened by Daren Liew, one of the chefs highlighted in The Chefs’ Knowledge, the new kid on the block is a marriage of Singapore and Malaysia and the menu is inspired by Peranakan Chinese cuisine.

Daren said: “We chose Knightsbridge because of its tourist appeal. It’s right by Harrods and close to the Mandarin Oriental who I worked for in both Singapore and Malaysia so this project is close to my heart as I come from Penang.”

Also having a sneak preview of Daren’s menu was Executive Chef Tong Chee Hwee and Restaurant Director Alan Tang of Gouqi, which is gaining plaudits as one of the hot new openings of the summer.

Chef Tong Chee Hwee was formerly the Group Executive Chef at Hakkasan.

Nanyang Blossom cocktails are amazing, we sampled two of the signature pours:

Nyonya £15
Equiano rum, tequila, cucumber, chilli

Nanyang Blossom £18
Tito’s vodka, lychee juice, Champagne

Business Lunch Menu – £38 per person

To Begin

Soft-shell crab, grilled chicken sate “Melaka” and green basil cup

To Follow

Hainanese prawn and Josper grilled Baba chicken


Served with egg fried Jasmine rice with spring onions – We relished the opportunity to get some inside information from Chef Liew about soy sauce going around the edge of the wok, as opposed to in the centre – A great tip!

To finish

Nanyang Kopi crème brulee made with Nanyang coffee – A unique coffee for the Kopi highlands

Crispy banana Valrhona chocolate lava – Frozen custard with a lava texture

We will return very soon to try Daren’s Knightsbridge crispy beef ribs – A signature dish designed just for Nanyang Blossom!

Congratulations to Daren and team on a wonderful new restaurant and we can’t wait to hold an event there soon.

Photography by Carlos Farinha.