Do you find yourself scratching your head every weekend, wondering where to eat? We have literally thousands of dining options in Singapore, which is why it can be easy to get tangled in the paradox of choice. Here are three restaurants to zoom in on this weekend.
For brunch …
So maybe you can’t quite make it to Bali or even Langkawi for a weekend getaway. The next best thing would be to hit up the sandy shores of Sentosa, where you’ll still get a decent amount of sun and surf. Plus, Siloso Beach is practically teeming with great food options. One of the Go Away team’s favourite place to dine at when we visit Sentosa is Coastes, located just a stone’s throw away from Beach Station. Naturally, we were chuffed to find out they recently updated the menu with several new items.
What to order:
Seafood is definitely the main draw at Coastes, and we were suitably impressed with their brand new Seafood Platter – a ginormous platter of pan-fried crayfish, refreshing crab salad, a thick and piquant fish stew (pairs perfectly with toasted baguette), poached tiger prawns with pineapple salsa, chilli clams, and fried calamari rings. This is the best way to have a taste of a bit of everything. For meats, we definitely recommend the Bourbon-Glazed Pork Ribs, where fork-tender prime pork ribs are glazed with a delicious homemade maple and bourbon sauce.
The kitchen team have also added three new pasta options to the menu, including the Green Curry and Chicken Spaghetti, which comes with lavish portions of juicy chicken strips, asparagus, and capsicum in a spicy green curry sauce; and the Seafood Risotto, which is served with fresh tiger prawns, cod fish, crab meat, and asparagus. Don’t leave without trying their new desserts – the Salted Caramel Brownie is a decadent hunk of chocolatey goodness topped with walnuts and vanilla ice cream. Other new must-try desserts include the Banana and Chocolate Pie and the Forest Berries and Cream Cheese Trifle. At the very least, satisfy your sweet tooth with the Coconut Kumquat. This refreshing mocktail is a blend of calamansi and coconut juice with generous slivers of fresh coconut – you won’t want to stop at one!
For Saturdate-night …
What better way to celebrate a romantic evening than at Cheek By Jowl, a ridiculously hip modern Australian restaurant run by husband-and-wife team Head Chef Rishi Naleendra and General Manager Manuela Toniolo? The couple, who’ve been together for more than 10 years, run a tight ship at Cheek By Jowl. The restaurant is less than a year old, but Chef Rishi (who is originally from Sri Lanka) has already earned a loyal following for his bold creations and consistent high standards. Of course, a great meal is incomplete without top-notch drinks. To that end, Manuela—who’s the former Assistant Manager at Waku Ghin—has developed a well-curated list of organic and biodynamic wines sourced from small-batch producers and boutique wineries.
What to order:
At Cheek By Jowl, you can choose from the a-la-carte menu, a tastings menus, a vegetarian menu, and even a fun snacks menu (if you’re just in for drinks and feeling a bit peckish). During a recent media tasting, we started with a selection of snacks. My favourites were the Chicken Liver Parfait Cigar and Date Jam, where the savoury flavours of the chicken liver was complemented by the sweetness from the date jam; and the Quail Egg wrapped in Kataifi Pastry with Togarashi seasoning, which explodes in your mouth in a rush of piquant flavours.
For mains, we tried the Sunchoke, a dish of shaved cured beef heart, roasted sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes), smoked sunshoke sauce, pickled mustard, and watercress. This robust dish is best shared with your partner. That way, you can try more items on the menu! Another must-try is the Pan-Seared Barramundi. Cheek by Jowl’s version of this popular dish gets a culinary update with the addition of prawn bisque emulsion and prawn floss, which lends the fish a rich umami flavour. My personal favourite, however, was the Roasted Australian Pork Chop, where thick, generous slices of pork are served alongside smoked apples and coffee-roasted carrots.
For desserts, I was lucky enough to try an off-the-menu item that comprised sherry and brown butter curd, cherries that have been compressed and fermented, and a burnt coconut husk meringue. One particularly interesting dessert you should order is the Coconut, Laksa Leaf Ice Cream, Pomelo, and Green Chilli dish. This locally-inspired dessert is constructed with a creamy coconut semi-freddo, laksa leaf-infused ice cream, fresh pomelo and tangy green chilli, and topped with crushed peanuts and fried laksa leaves.
What I like best about the food at Cheek by Jowl is how each dish is an absolute riot of flavours and textures, and yet somehow, everything works well together. Kind of what you want in a great relationship, huh?
Cheek by Jowl is located at 21 Boon Tat Street, Tel: 6221 1911
For family gatherings …
The Disgruntled Chef (Desmond Goh) is back! Rebranded as The Disgruntled Brasserie, this all-day dining restaurant is housed within the beautiful The Club Hotel on Ann Siang Road. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or are simply catching up with your family at the end of the work week, the restaurant’s vintage-inspired interiors and laid-back vibe make this a choice venue. Of course, the food here is excellent as well.
What to order:
During a recent media tasting, I absolutely could not get enough of the Salt-baked Beetroot and Smoked Burrata (pictured in the main image). The refreshing flavours of the beetroot combined with the creamy goodness of burrata was already winning, but throw in the medley of cinnamon raisin puree, candied almonds, and horseradish, and this was an absolute stunner. Another dish that floored me was the Gruyere Cheese Soufflé. You would think that such a cheesy dish would be stodgy or heavy on the palate, but no! The twice-baked soufflé was light, fluffy, and velvety smooth. It definitely put the “zing” in “amazing”!
For mains, you won’t regret the Carbonara Taglierini. This carb-heavy dish is decidedly decadent but makes no apologies. Combining flavours from three different meats—streaky back bacon, farmer’s smoked bacon, and kurobuta ham—and topped with an egg crusted with parmigiano reggiano cheese, this dish is for #CheatDay and then some. If you prefer something a little less hearty, you can opt for the Pan-Roasted Barramundi, Chilean White Cod, or even the Coq Au Vin.
Come April 2017, The Disgruntled Brasserie will be launching a six-course weekend brunch menu priced at just $48++ per person. Diners can also add $38++ per person to enjoy free-flow prosecco, wine, beer, and juices. As part of the menu, you’ll get to enjoy four signature small plates, a choice of one large plate, and a choice of dessert.
The Disgruntled Brasserie is located at 28 Ann Siang Rd, Tel: 6808 2184