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Jason Wong
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While I was ecstatic to finally have a chance at trying Gastrosmith’s new private dining concept, I was also saddened to hear that this will be their final month at their current location in Katong i12. The good news is they intend to open in town sometime in the future.

Their exclusive Burpple set dinner has got to be one of the best quality and value-for-money #burpplebeyond deals around, with 3 sharing plates for 2 and a substantial main each, all for the princely sum of $62+. Chef Dillon is the sole cook in the kitchen, and still he manages to execute astoundingly flavourful and well-balanced dishes across a broad spectrum of cuisines, all in a very timely fashion.

First dish to hit the table is an absolute stunner – achingly sweet vine-ripened tomatoes over silken Japanese tofu, languishing in a bath of olive oil and barrel-aged balsamic vinegar. The sweet tartness of the the latter and richness of the former worked well with the lighter main components, with hints of citrus and the crunch of pine nuts adding delicious complexity.

Taste: 4/5

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I’m always impressed by chef Dillon’s ability to consistently take Asian classics and successfully add his own personal twist to them. Who would’a thought of chicken siew mai, and that it would taste this good? The dumpling is so tender and meaty and is wrapped in a paper-thin skin. That would have been good enough for me, but here at Gastrosmiths good enough ain’t enough. The kicker is the deeply earthy porcini and truffle sauce that unexpectedly works amazingly well with the siew mai.

This was the second third plate of Gastrosmiths’ exclusive Burpple set menu for 2, which is a steal for only $62+ for #burpplebeyond subscribers. Hurry before they shut their doors at the the end of May!

Taste: 5/5

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The undulating sheets of handmade pasta proved to be the perfect carrier for the luxuriously cheesy and earthy cacio e pepe sauce, made from porcini butter, parmesan and pepper, complemented by the deep flavours of hen-of-wood and chanterelle mushrooms.

This was 1 of 3 mains from Gastrosmiths’ exclusive Burpple set menu for 2, which is a steal for only $62+ for #burpplebeyond subscribers. Hurry before they shut their doors at the the end of May!

Taste: 3.5/5

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The intoxicating aromas of pork and brandy hit you the second the lid is lifted off the claypot, making your mouth salivate in anticipation. Flavourwise, this is very good, and the chestnut-fed duroc pork practically melts in your mouth, but I would have preferred the beehoon to have more bite as the uniformly soft textures of all the components gets a little one dimensional.

Taste: 3/5

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Of all the multitudes of cauliflower starters I’ve had, this has got to be one of the best. Every floret boasted a smoky char, yet retained their crunchiness. The egg and smoked paprika puree below doesn’t look like much, but is an inspired stroke of genius, possessing an addictively creamy moreishness that paired excellently with the cauliflower. Cutting through the richness are the sweet tang of raspberry pickled onions and the salty burst of capers. Simply delicious.

Taste: 4/5

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Impressive how something as innocuous as mortadella is rendered so tasty with dobs of umami tuna aioli and lashings of olive oil, chilli and orange honey. The salty meatiness of the ham is tempered by the sweetness, spiciness and richness of the aforementioned ingredients, working harmoniously together. Even the humble arugula has it’s place on the plate, contributing crunch and peppery herbaceousness.

This was the second sharing plate of Gastrosmiths’ exclusive Burpple set menu for 2, which is a steal for only $62+ for #burpplebeyond subscribers. Hurry before they shut their doors at the the end of May!

Taste: 3.5/5

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Countless hordes have sung paeans to this bestial biryani from the distant reaches of Aljunied Crescent. Keeping it uber kvlt and notoriously hard to procure, mercurial mastermind Zahid's culinary creations are unleashed only upon the pleasure of his rare whim, whereupon ravenous masses will instantly descend like circling vultures, furiously submitting their requests via WhatsApp as quick as they can, for only the swift have any hope of securing an order.

To gain access, one must first send a follower request to @globalmatsoulkitchen. Once accepted, keep your eagle eyes peeled for the drop - a more often than not bombastic post wrought with black metal imagery and symbolism. But let that not deter you oh pilgrim, for if you persevere – try once, try twice, try 666 times – this will be one of the most fragrant, (un)heavenly biryanis you will have ever eaten.

Taste: 4/5

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Detractors complain about the cost, queue and quantity of food given, and why bother with this when there's the far more popular and slightly cheaper Beach Road Prawn Noodles nearby. I argue that this is a far superior product, worth waiting and paying for. Curiously, I don't see anyone griping about $12 prawn aglio olio from Pastamania.

Taste: 4/5

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My previous impression of Mr & Mrs Mohgans was that it was good but overrated. The painfully long queues especially did not help, but subsequent visits have changed my opinion. It might just be me falsely attributing a perceived improvement in the quality of their food to their recent relocation along Joo Chiat Road, but the pratas seem crispier and fluffier, and the plaster consistently has a perfectly oozy egg welded to the top of the prata, not to mention their fragrant fish curry and ikan bilis studded chilli sauce.

Taste: 4/5

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A must order, the sweet and savoury morass of beef marmalade will awaken your appetite with an explosion of ludicrously sublime flavours, its richness balanced by the sharp tang of the pickles

Taste: 5/5

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No visit to Burnt Ends is complete without a steak, and the Onglet is our favourite. Also known as the butcher’s cut, this most tender piece of meat is absolutely packed with flavour and will literally slide down your throat with ease. The burnt onion sauce is sublimely smokey and tasty as always, and the slivers of marrow are precious blobs of fat I always let slowly disintegrate in my mouth. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Taste: 5/5

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Having not seen this on my last visit more than a year ago, we decided to go give it a go and were pleasantly surprised. A paper-thin tempura shell held silky, melt-in-your mouth eggplant in its crispy embrace. Served on a bed of deeply umami miso mayo, this class act further solidifies Burnt End’s already impressive roster of vegetarian starters.

Taste: 4/5

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