Service was great, we were quickly ushered to our seats by smiley waiters and service throughout the night was upbeat and energetic (on this note, we noticed they were very bouncy) although the restaurant was operating at an almost 90% capacity. The food was pretty awesome as well. Lips and I both loved dinner, and not just because the company was great.
We started off dinner with the Braised Beef Cheek ($29), braised for 48 hours for a plastic fork-tender texture, was practically keeping it together. The meat was so soft and moist and tender, it hardly required any chewing. While it could have done with a teensy bit more flavour, it had that delectable caramelized glaze brush-on treatment. The carrot puree bed lent sweetness while rolls of mochi potatoes, baby carrots and rocket leaves lent crunch and texture. A really great dish but I think I prefer TWR's version.
We also loved the Wild Mushroom Risotto ($22), perfectly al dente grains of arborio rice infused with the earthy wholesome goodness of mushrooms, sprinkled with headily aromatic truffle crumbs and topped with snow pea tendrils and fresh bunashimeiji. I think I've found my go-to place for the perfect risotto.
The Classic English Apple Crumble ($14) had this homely old-school appeal to it. Of course, it helped that it was hugely portioned. Sweet caramelized cubes of apple were topped with burnt sugary golden oatmeal crumbs.
The Chocolate and Pistachio Souffle ($15) was so light and airy we almost don't feel guilty indulging. It's was a perfect marriage of bitter chocolate and nutty pistachio. Creme anglaise, laced with vanilla seeds, was served alongside in a kitschy chemistry flask.
Open Door Policy
9 Yong Siak Street
Tel: 6221 9307
Open weekdays from 12noon to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 11pm for dinner;
Closed on Tuesdays;
Weekends from 11am to 4pm for brunch; 6pm to 11pm for dinner