Tag Archives: Fusion
By the same people behind one of Singapore’s well-loved cafes- Symmetry, comes an interesting concept that is both cheeky and playful. Serving “Naughty Modern Asian Cuisine” which is essentially local tze char done with a modernized twist, Xiao Ya Tou (小丫头), which means “little girl” in Mandarin, is the newest entry to the many eateries along Duxton Hill.
With its row of hanging red Chinese round lanterns framing the entrance, this quirky Asian restaurant and bar stands out from the recent trend of minimalist decor by re-creating the 1960s vibe which is synonymous with being flashy and gaudy. Similarly, XYT is unapologetically garish and showy with their multi-coloured colour theme throughout and neon sign featuring an outline of a risqué “hostess girl”.
We came by for their newly launched Weekend Brunch which was intriguingly one-of-a-kind Asian inspired, featuring dishes such as Chai Tow Kway, Spicy Otak-Otak Aglio Olio and Oyster Congee. Prices ranges from $12-$23 per item.
Our first pick was the Unagi Benedict $23– poached eggs served atop deep fried mantou smothered in Yuzukosho Hollandaise and topped with two fillets of grilled eel. An interesting mish-mash of textures and flavours, the zest and spice from the citrus creamy sauce was also delightfully unexpected. We loved the touch of shredded nori to complete the Japanese feel.
From the same team behind the Award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant comes a refreshing new concept which seeks to serve classic Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary and progressive touch. Located at the heart of Holland Village, this convivial modern Cantonese kitchen aims to reach out to the younger generation through its creative interpretation of food and elements of fortune, luck and prosperity as the design of the 97-seater pays tribute to its name- Full of Luck Club.
While the first floor of the restaurant has a open kitchen where diners can catch the skilful chefs in action, the second floor is a tad more cosy and private- great for business lunches and dinners or that intimate family gathering. Diners will also be pleasantly surprised to see a 2-metre tall Fortune Cat greeting them at the top of the stairway which connects both levels. It is these little charms that the owners have injected around Full of Luck Club, with the belief that luck and happiness will come for all who dine here.
Keng Eng Kee (KEK) is fast becoming a brand for tze char. Mention those 3 words and people will automatically associate it with authentic local delights served in the modest food centre at Bukit Merah. Fast forward to more than 30 years later, since its foray into our hawker culinary scene, the third generation of KEK has now introduced a modern dining experience as they cater to the younger crowd with their newest outlet at Pandan Gardens.
Serving up an assortment of traditional and mod “c” dishes on their menu, KEK offers novel creations such as Chilli Soft Shell Spaghetti and Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg, and classic mainstays of Coffee Pork Ribs and Salted Egg Crab which have been brought over from their flagship stall. Prices range from $6-$30 with no added service charge.
I brought my family down on a Sunday and the place was filled- mostly with three generation families. We were lucky enough to get a table even though we did not make any reservation but the groups that came after us had a bit of a waiting time. Nonetheless, we placed our orders and the food arrived promptly and in decent portions.
Lepark, the newest hipster hangout at the rooftop carpark of People’s Park Complex has a laid-back vibe and grungy attitude to boot. Playing on the Malay word- “Lepak”, which means to loaf around or to spend one’s time aimlessly i.e. “chillaxing”, this refreshing F&B concept is all about comfort fusion bar grub- tapas style, craft beers and a creative space for arts and music to come together. Since its inception into our local food scene few months back, Lepark has already played host to multiple live music gigs, outdoor movie screenings and even getai shows- all in a bid to support local musicians and artists, and promote our culture.
Getting to Lepark itself is a bit of a challenge and requires strict adherence to the following set of directions or you might find yourself a little lost: take the lift up to level 5 and climb up the dingy albeit dodgy flight of stairs to level 6 where you will reach this hole-in-a-wall opening with its aluminium shutter sliding doors, which leads to a spacious, airy canteen-like space.
Ordering of food is done at one end of the counter while drinks on the other, and your order number will be flashed on the electronic display when the food is ready for collection. Simple, straightforward and mostly self-serviced. With that said, prices are all nett.
The menu offerings were fairly decent and affordable. Tapas such as Chunky Spam Fries, Poached Chicken Sushi and Otah Bomb start from $8, Spicy Seafood Salad at $12, Mains of Slipper Lobster & Crabmeat Tom Yum Pasta from $18, and Shared Platters ranging between $18 – $40.
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.
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.
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.