Moosehead Kitchen-Bar @ 110 Telok Ayer Street

Monday night and the restaurant was buzzing with activity with practically every table occupied. Clearly, Moosehead Kitchen-Bar must be doing something right. While having dinner there, I could not quite pin-point what the attraction to this place was. Be it the thoughtfully curated yet extensive alcoholic beverage list, the edgy hipster murals sprawled on the walls, the rustic feel of the place with its palette of browns, grays and other earthy colours or simply the experimental and quirky nature of Chef Manel as reflected in the Mediterranean cuisine he serves, peppered with South-East Asian flavour. Either way, Moosehead Kitchen-Bar definitely has an X factor.

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The menu selection is fairly concise and honestly if you bring a bunch of friends down for a meal, you probably can make your way fairly easily through it all. All portions are a little bigger than the usual tapas size so just like their mantra printed on the menu, it is all about ‘Eat + Drink + Share’ here at Moosehead.

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For starters, I strongly and highly recommend their Bacon Wrapped Chargrilled Dates, Roast Garlic Aioli, Pine Nuts $8. Trust me, while the combination does sound a little out-of-the-world, the taste is simply wicked. Imagine the salty notes from the bacon marrying with the sweetness of the caramelized grilled date, covered with creamy garlic aioli and complimented by a crunch of pine nuts. Simply an explosion of flavours and myriad of textures that tease your taste buds and have you wishing you could just take one more piece. Oh so good. Could probably finish a few plates of this easy.

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If you are feeling adventurous, try the Crispy Spiced Pigs Ears $16 that are chewy and a tad springy. Reminds me of calamari but not quite the same. I was not too taken by the overwhelming spiciness of the cumin, paprika and pepper though. It was just spicy-hot without the shiok-ness. However, I did see quite a number of tables enjoying this snack with their bottle of beer.

Alternatively, I thoroughly enjoyed the Asparagus, Leeks, Garlic Miso $14. Simple and classic. Not too complex but yet won me over with its lingering sweet notes and tender-crispness. The Grilled Avocado, Ajo Blanco, Quinoa, Salmon Roe $16 sounded and looked fancy but the real highlight for me was the ajo blanco sauce made from bread, crushed almonds, garlic and olive oil. Cleaned up every last bit of it.

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Moving onto the meats, we had the Chicken Bulgogi, Pickled Shitake, Horseradish Miso $18 which was a little unexpected for a predominately Mediterranean restaurant. But clearly Chef Manel does not differentiate cuisine types and enjoys mixing things up in the kitchen. The chicken pieces were grilled till tender while the shitake slices gave it some bite. Overall, somewhat spicy and interesting.

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The Kobe Beef Onglet, Teriyaki Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Bonito $34 captured my attention the moment the plate reached our table. Loved the presentation and the use of different types of roasted sweet potatoes with bonito flakes to create colour and an air of exuberance was delightful. The beef itself was grilled beautifully and did justice to its premium quality.

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But probably one of the standout items that evening was this Chargrilled Secreto Iberico, Tomato Wasabi, Olive Oil $28 which had a hint of smokiness and charred crisp edges. Good enough to eat on its own but dip it into the sauce served at the side for extra kicks and excitement.

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For desserts, the Gula Melaka Frozen Foam, Chilli Pineapple Popsicle, Banana Cream, Chocolate “soil” $14 wins hands down. The concoction of gula melaka frozen foam was impressive as was the aesthetics of it with its messy and mismatched outlook.

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But what really blew us away was this Chilli Pineapple Popsicle which sent a rush of heat down our throats as soon as we took a bite. No idea how Chef Manel infused the chili padi flavour with the popsicle but blending it with the iciness and sweetness of the pineapple was nothing short of impressive. It is the sort of feeling that hurts and shocks a little but you simply cannot stop eating. Talk about an addictive love-hate relationship.

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To sum it up, Moosehead Kitchen-Bar surprised me with what it had to offer. The energy here is great and it is hard not to get pumped up with the in-house play-mix of jazz, reggae, funk, hip-hop, techno in the background. Food wise, they do fusion brilliantly well and leaves an impression. I personally think it is a great place to bring a first date to because each element makes for great conversation starters.

Thank you Mandy for hosting us!

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110 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068579
Tel: (65) 6636 8055

Opening hrs:
Monday – Friday:
Lunch: 12 pm – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm – 10.30 pm

Saturday:
Dinner: 6 pm – 10.30 pm

Closed on Sundays

Singapore

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