Sharing premises with a hip cocktail bar, Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong is situated inside Bar Stories at Haji Lane. And if like me, you have never heard of them, Ah Hua Kelong is a fish farm located off Changi with a hawker stall at Bedok Marketplace as well as a kiosk at Pasarbella. Hence, the first restaurant concept by the local fish wholesaler, Scaled has a menu consisting a handful of small and big plates - mainly modern seafood tapas.

Yet better known for their seafood, I was most impressed by the Braised Beef Shin ($22), the only dish that doesn’t use seafood as their main ingredient. Flavours were spot-on and perfect especially after our traumatic GRAB ride (a longgg story). Savoury and tender, the braised beef falls apart easily and was thankfully not too gamey. A tad similar to the classic and everyone’s favourite British layered casserole with the pleasing combination, the mash atop was smooth and came slightly torched - just loving that tinge of smokiness. Not forgetting the nice bit of crunch from the crispy barley chips and broccoli, lending extra textures to the bowl.

What’s more, to end things off on a sweeter note, pair the reinterpreted cze char fare with fancy cocktails as Bar stories customise and craft the drinks based on the flavour profiles of each individual. So enjoy an intimate dining experience while slurping on your own unique blend.