COMMUNAL | Diner. Bar. New American Restaurant | NOW CLOSED

COMMUNAL, the newest addition to the CBD area, along the busy North Canal Road, is Singapore-based American chef Ryan Jette’s first restaurant to his name. With a glowing resume and experience from top restaurants all around the world, including New York, San Francisco, London, under his belt and most recently as executive sous chef at The Sentosa Hotel, Chef Ryan hopes to glamorize diner food in his latest venture with quality ingredients and big flavours, all while maintaining pocket-friendly prices.

The menu here though limited, leans towards mostly American comfort/diner food with offerings of Burgers, Mac N Cheese, Fried Chicken and Thick Milkshakes for under $30. The lunch crowd can look forward to a 3 course value set lunch which includes a sandwich, soup/salad and drink, all for $15.

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And just its name suggests, half of the seating here is ‘communal’ with a long bar counter table that stretches across the restaurant, where diners sit on black wooden stools facing the open kitchen. The remaining seats in this contemporary-chic themed eatery, with a rustic flair contributed by the red-bricked walls, are booth seats which hold more privacy for conversations.

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The Meat & Poultry section is modest with only three choices of Fried Chicken $18, Seared Black Angus Strip Loin $38 and Braised Beef Cheek $24. Three very different ways of cooking three different types of meat with three different price ranges. Clean-cut and straight to the point. We settled for the Braised Beef Cheek just because we felt like it was a beef day.

And it was a great choice. Braised till amazingly tender and moist, with all rounded succulence, these braised beef cheeks were infused with a beautiful rich flavor of oyster sauce that was nicely concentrated. The mashed potato too was a bed of velvety smoothness that was warm and comfortingly indulgent with notes of buttery creaminess.

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Made from three types of cheeses- Parmesan, Gyuyere and White Cheddar Cheese, this Lobster Mac and Cheese Gratin $20 is one of COMMUNAL’s signatures. While purists may frown upon the absence of that thick gooey melted cheese sauce, I found that their sauce though less rich in intensity, complimented the elbow macaroni well instead of drowning it. The lobster meat added to the casserole was not scanty either and was instead found in chunks, in almost every spoonful of macaroni we picked up.

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The Monkey Bread $7 is yet another American favourite that is not usually found outside the country. I recently took interest in it after spotting a few variations done on some American baking websites and was intrigued to find out how it tasted like.

Another moniker for this pastry, is ‘Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread’ because as you can tell from the photo, the two storey level ‘tower’  is made of small cubes of bread, held together by a sticky mixture of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Served warm and extra comforting with a scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream, we definitely had an enjoyable time pulling the pieces apart and eating it part by part. 

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We were pleasantly surprised when Chef brought out this Lemon Tart $7 for us to try. I am not usually one to order citrus-based desserts because I do not find them sugary enough and hence not deserving of ending the meal on a sweet note. And it did not help one bit that this Lemon Tart had a really sour curd which got me cringing with the first bite.

But! It was superbly refreshing and left my taste buds tingling for more. Credit though goes to that fresh whipped cream sitting on top, which helped to cut through some of the sourness and I ended up enjoying this tart much more than expected! 

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12 North Canal Road
#01-01
Tel: 62217790

Opening hrs:
Mon – Sat: 11:30 – 14:00
Mon – Sat: 18:00 – 22:00

Singapore

5 Responses to COMMUNAL | Diner. Bar. New American Restaurant | NOW CLOSED

  1. adel says:

    the Monkey Bread looks intriguing (I’ve never been to america, very curious about it) :)

  2. John Tan says:

    I have tried their Fried Chicken and I think they deserve to be named the best Fried Chicken in Singapore. The skin is crispy and the meat is very moist.

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