I daresay we’ve found a new impromptu place for Friday night dinners after work. We were here on Saturday night before catching a late show at Esplanade, and amongst the frenzy of some of the restaurants like Ichiban Boshi, this place was a surprising oasis of calm, and we managed to get a table immediately.
They have both light bites and main courses here, with both Western and Asian choices. We decided to have more of the tapas, and just shared a main. To start, we had the organic beef carpaccio, the lamb shish kebabs and the jalapeno dusted fried chicken wings.
All 3 items were good, but it’s no surprise that the wings stole the show for me. They were crisp on the outside and juicy and succulent inside, and seasoned with just the right amount of spice.
We had the saffron seafood risotto (probably cos I was deprived of it the night before at Oso), which on hindsight was probably not the smartest thing to order at a bar. The portion was huge, and the entire dish just lacked salt, or much flavour at all. In my defence, good risottos have popped up in rather unlikely places like Oriole, so it wasn’t that way off to order it here.
We ordered a portion of churros for dessert. The portion was HUGE but these were great. Light and crisp, dusted with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar, and a nutella dip – they took a while to arrive but were worth the wait.
They have some pretty good cocktails too. I had a decent ginger mojito, but A’s affrogato martini, which was basically a spike coffee float, was a perfect sissy drink for him. We may try one of their Asian mains next – A was eyeing one of the North Indian offerings, but I think I’ll stick with their tapas.
Surprisingly good. And sizable portions. It’s definitely an option for when we hit the Esplanade next.
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