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Char Siew & Wanton

$5.50 · 2 Reviews

Bring your best mates for a covert foodie adventure! In the day, come for a kopitiam lunch in a swanky setting — the Noodle with Char Siew & Wanton ($5.50) holds its own with excellent homemade chilli. Come nightfall, head through the hidden passageway to find the vibrant 12-seater restobar for dinner and drinks. Start with the sweet, savoury Firecracker Chicken and Maple Fritters ($16), then share the indulgent Wagyu Truffle Beef Hor Fun ($68). For a fruity digestif, have the Old Fashion Twist ($22) that's a yummy concoction of cinammon, banana and rum.
Photo by Burppler Eunice Sng

At first glance, you would think nothing of the place. White walls, marble tables, wooden stools. A nice kopitiam, sure. With excellent Noodle with Char Siew & Wanton ($5.50) aka Wanton Mee (Please add chilli!). Yet, we soon found out that, like most things, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

We spotted a small, unassuming ‘Enter’ sign enclosed within a wooden photo frame that was hung up beside a fridge which, upon closer inspection, we realised was actually a door!

You could imagine our excitement by now, as we gripped the handle and pulled it open to reveal an alley way that seemed to transport us back in time or at least, slot us into a scene from a Wong Kar-Wai film. Red lights, red letter box, another red door. We pushed it open again and were greeted by a women in cheongsams and men in boater hats. Wow.

You know that feeling of apprehension that accompanies most beautiful settings? The fear that the food won’t match up to the aesthetics of the restaurant? Well, you won’t have to experience that here. Not only are the bites delicious, the drinks are to-die-for. I recommend having their Old Fashion Twist, which is essentially banana infused into gold rum with a stick of cinnamon to give it that a spicy kick.

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