The tables in the centre of the room are best for buzzy ambience, or stick to the wall-side booths for more privacy.
A quick lesson in Chinese superstition: red brings happiness and good luck, yellow stands for power and prestige, and green is for wealth and fertility. And infidelity. Choose accordingly.
Rice & Gold is a cavernous Asian-American restaurant with an all-day menu overseen by chef Dale Talde and the team from the Three Kings group. Polished-gold tanks hang above the poured-concrete floors and cartoonish wall art adds to the playful, urban feel. Pho soup dumplings and candied-pork buns star on the dim-sum menu, while jerk hoisin duck is a hearty sharer for dinner.
The Crown is (unsurprisingly) at the very top of the hotel, with a copper-accented 21st-floor lounge and two roof terraces. The cocktails are Asia-inspired: beat the heat with the summer-cooler, East India (with gin, Pimm’s, ginger, lime and lemongrass), or revamp tradition with the Black Dragon Tea (a vodka-spiked blend of oolong and green tea with spiced kalamansi). Pair your choice with small plates of guac or calamari, and enjoy them with panoramic views on the side.
Rice & Gold serves breakfast from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm (midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). At weekends, the brunch menu is available from 11am to 3pm. The Crown bar is open from noon to 11pm.
Any time the restaurant is open, any dish from the menu can be brought to your room.