DaXi (大喜, which translates to "great joy" in Chinese) bills itself an Asian fusion boîte whose forte centers on the humble jiaozi, ie dumpling - steamed, pan-fried or snogged by soup, with sizeable diaspora of just comme il faut, uninventive pabulum like lu rou fan (braised pork bowl), beef shank noodles, garlic dou miao (pea sprouts), grilled bentos and assorted egg rolls consociating for good measure. Hardly Asian fusion really, IOO.

Cantoned under the ambit of multi-restaurant operator Minor Food Singapore, DaXi first dropped anchor at VivoCity 11 December 2021, before fanning out machine-gun quick to several other major shopping locales: AMK Hub (20 December 2021), Velocity@Novena Square (7 February 2022 - since closed), Jurong Point (1 September 2022), etc. We grabbed a helter-skelter late lunch via its Plaza Singapura nook.

Sampling and thoughts:

Had ourselves the Chives & Pork Pan-Fried Dumpling (5pcs/$10.80) as well as lu rou fan ($5.80) - the former, while outwardly reminiscent of Hanetsuki gyoza (Japanese potstickers conjoined by a "winged" réseau), was in actual fact one onerously sebaceous, composite Nachtmahr that also seethed excessive epithelium yet stinged filling-wise; the latter, more entrée than main course, rankled less with serviceably aromal, somewhat deliquesced swine belly knurls over your typical steamed white rice.

Nah, DaXi merits no genuine ground for joy.

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Score: 5.3/10



VivoCity Tangs Plaza Guoco Tower Plaza Singapura
1 HarbourFront Walk, 310 Orchard Road, 7 Wallich Street, 68 Orchard Road,
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Singapore 098585 Singapore 238864 Singapore 078884 Singapore 238839

AMK Hub Guoco Midtown
53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 130 Beach Road,
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Singapore 569933 Singapore 189774