Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants

Featuring Burnt Ends, The Masses, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant (Keong Saik), Meta Restaurant, Cheek by Jowl, LINO, Meatsmith (Little India), Luka (Tanjong Pagar), Olivia Restaurant & Lounge, Koji Sushi Bar (Pickering Street)
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𝐂𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐫 𝐉𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐢𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭 ($18/2) ingeniously combined a mound of thinly microplaned foie gras that melted on the tongue with sprightly jelly, and on fluffy buttery toast. A symphony of textures, temperatures, and flavours. So appetising we had to stop ourselves from ordering more!

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The iconic 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐟 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐡 ($26) lived up to the hype. Thinly shaved beef tongue with tangy gribiche (a classier egg mayo concoction); easily one of the best in town. Must try.

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Huge fan of their soft pita breads! Probably the best around, especially when paired with their in house tahini 😋

Lunch set: mains

𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭 - Air-flown from France, this was well-executed fish with its crisp skin from the searing on high heat and tender soft meat from the oven baking. While seemingly blasphemous to stuff a crustacean into a molluscs, their unique take on a prawn dumpling with the mussel being replaced as the ‘dumpling’ skin truly impressed us in its powerful seafood flavour. The accompanying purée and sweet daikon braised in seafood broth also played up the natural mullet flavours.

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Mains

𝐁𝐛𝐪 𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐛𝐢 - Modern rendition of korean bbq with the beef first slow-roasted for 48 hours and finished on the grill. This resulted in tender beef retaining its fragrant juices with a good but uneven sear. While it lacked in char, this was made up for in the smokiness of the Fiddleheads Fern. We fell in love with the spring seasonal Morel Mushroom that was robust in earthiness and stuffed with sweet-savory gang-doenjang (soybean sweet potato stew). This was served with gobo rice and a side of refreshing greens. The burdock root claypot rice made for a tasty yet light accompaniment with its naturally sweet and earthy flavours.

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Snacks: prawn
Fresh prawn seasoned with wasabi mayo atop buttery kombu brioche, topped with chives and tarragon. Texture-wise, this was a perfect medley of soft prawn, juicy popping bites from the ebiko, and fluffy yet crisply toasted brioche. This was my personal favourite after the chawanmushi but if nitpicking, did find that the wasabi element could have been a tad stronger.

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𝐃𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 ‘𝐋𝐚 𝐋𝐚 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠’ ($22) -
Ultra fragrant in wok hei and unique with the deep fried noodles providing crispy bites in textural contrast to the silky flat rice noodles. The fresh and juicy lala was the icing on the cake.

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𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐤 ($68) - Not only do they excel in seafood, this whole duck was ultra tender with thin, crisp skin. Bonus points to the glorious plating and dry ice element that added that extra wow factor

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𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐛 (sampler menu $18/portion) - Their chilli crab is among our favourite in Singapore with succulent crab meat doused in a chili crab sauce with the right sweet-salty-tangy-eggy ratios. Pair with their crispy yet fluffy mantou that’s perfect for soaking up all that delectable sauce.

Do note that they currently offer single/ small portions such as this as part of their sampler menu specially curated to allow diners to try out wider range of dishes.

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Seasonal item: 𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐛 (special price $99/kg) - Naturally sweet and succulent meat. Did feel that it was delicious enough to hold its own, although dousing it with white pepper sauce added a fragrant spicy touch.

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Highlight and best end to the snacks! Hokkaido sea urchin sat atop smooth steamed egg. While the urchin by itself wasn’t the strongest in seafood flavour, it added a lusciousness and umami indulgence to regular chawanmushi. This was also enhanced by the earthy truffle elements and naturally sweet crunchy green peas and white kimchi.

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🍣 The otoro - the last piece and rightfully so given its luscious decadence.

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