It's A Date

It's A Date

A dish and a kiss - restos & bars that are good for both.
Jeremy Holden
Jeremy Holden

Dayum, missing these Prawn Toasties from the one and only @rawkitchenbar !

Toasted bread topped with homemade prawn paste, a generous topping of roe and a side of ginger lime dressing - the only crime here is that there's only two pieces! Deliciously crispy with a slight tang from the ginger lime dressing, oh it was a good starter for sure.

More sir, can I have some more?

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Tipsy Flamingo, a poolside themed bar and restaurant, opened its doors to much hype a couple weeks ago! It is a collaborative effort between the Tipsy Collective and celebrity couple Pierre Png & Andrea De Cruz and was immediately added on my list of places to try!

I managed to snag a reservation on a Sunday night and got to try some of their new dishes that were specially curated with the beach club vibe in mind - this included their Abalone Pasta with kawa ebi, XO butter and kombu.

This was perhaps the highlight dish of the night for me - with incredible bursts of umami flavour with tender New Zealand abalone slices, crunchy ebi and topped with a generous serving of caviar. Dang, if only it didn't cost such a pretty penny - I'll have this everyday!

I loved the aesthetics of the place as well with sort of a Miami beach club feel to it - with cabanas, an actual tiled pool section and a mix of teal and pink all over. (I was told that the pool area was originally concepted to be actually filled with water and it's supposed to be an actual pool to boot!)

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To end of the scrumptious meal over at @catfish.sg , I decided to go for none other than their Eton Mess - having seen it pasted all over Instagram.

A dark red hue of raspberry sorbet, round red chocolate crunchies and pale white vanilla meringue - dang this was the perfect sweet ending. There was hardly any mess at the end either as the bowl was picked clean to the T.

I did eye their Lemon Custard Tart as well but perhaps I'll save it for next time.

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Not only do you get a Bali aesthetic vibe when you dine alfresco over at @rawkitchenbar , you'll get to enjoy a lil Balinese cuisine as well! My mind was initially geared towards the seafood dishes but their meat offerings was too good to pass up.

While their Warung Pork Ribs doesn't look like much - holy crap does it pack a punch in flavour. Balinese BBQ glaze, pickled cauliflower and a side of lime - the tender meat literally fell off the bone and blew my mind away. I would definitely place this as one of the top ribs that I've ever had - and yes it might even be better than Morganfield's!

Another stunner from @catfish.sg is their Grilled Octopus Leg. Comprising of chimmichurri, chorizo crumbs, watercress and fennel, the humongous octopus leg was grilled to perfection.

While it required a slight chew, it was everything an octopus leg should be. The chorizo crumbs added a slight crunch which melded delectably with the chimmichurri - the three elements combined was a match in Heaven and made me constantly go back for seconds.

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Oh thank the Lord we can finally dine-out again! I initially had a reservation for @rawkitchenbar but had to cancel due to the last minute restrictions - hence when they were lifted, I got right back and of course made another reservation.

The Bali aesthetic at Raw Kitchen Bar was just stunning and a nice breather from the city. (Especially since we can't travel.) This outdoor bar and restaurant serves up soul comfort food with a Latin-Asian inspiration.

And of course, that Black Mamba definitely got my attention. Consisting of black fried rice, tiger prawns, squid ink sofrito, fermented chilli sambal and curry leaves - I was kinda apprehensive about the spice level but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't spicy at all. The sambal added a whole new level of flavour profiles to the black fried rice and I highly recommend eating them together!

I was also eyeing their Open Faced Salmon Mentaiko but dang it, it was only available for brunch - though I might just have to head back again.

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While everyone else was going for their Crêpe Marcel for dessert, I decided to be a rebel and go for @mercimarcel 's Crème Brûlée instead

I was initally quite surprised to be served with such a huge deep dish for the dessert, and I thought that it was gonna be such a generous portion. Alas, it was actually quite shallow and I reckon that the deep dish was used to give it more surface area for that delicious crackling of torched sugar. The handmade caramel complemented the delicious burnt cream and it was a perfect way to end the meal over at Marcel.

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The piece de resistance of @catfish.sg is none other than their Sesame Prawn and Scallop Toast. While my eyes opened wide as I glanced at the price, I just knew I had to give it a try. Everyone did. [*Muffled screaming of my wallet ensues*]

The dish was filled with flavours of umami and had a good combination of textures - ranging from the crisp toast to the soft scallop filling in the middle that was sort of reminiscent of fishcakes. (To me at least.) Topped off with grilled prawns, they were cooked ever so perfectly that they balanced the point of well done and raw.

It's definitely a dish to try once at Catfish and alas, if I had won the lottery I would have even added some cavier on top for an extra 20 bucks. Aye, we all have to live within our means.

One of the dishes that caught my eye on @mercimarcel 's menu was the Tarte Flambée - a thin crust pizza topped with reblochon cheese, grapes and smoked duck breast.

Savoury, sweet and a hint of smokiness, this pizza pie was a perfect complement to the small sharing plates of the table. I'm usually not a big fan of pizza crust, but the thin crispiness of the Tarte kept me going back for more. While I still do prefer the Ravioles and the Duck Rillettes, the Tarte Flambée was a good filler upper course!

You'll get to divulge in a little snack foreplay over at @catfish.sg . The Asian fusion seafood grill restaurant offers up small plates such as these - the Hasselback Potato. Topped with Chutoro and wasabi, these delectable appetizers sure do pack a punch.

My first thought after taking a bite was "Oh it's a fancy potato chip." though in a good way of course. The crispiness of the potato paired well with the soft textures of the Chutoro. At 7 bucks a pop, it's a little pricey... but a necessary price to pay for pre-dinner foreplay for sure.

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The most well known dish from Merci Marcel is none other than the Ravioles de Royans. Essentially ravioli but le French version, the dish is consists of a ravioles dumpling pasta filled with Tête de Moine cheese.

Available in both a small and large portion, I immediately regretted getting the small portion. While it was quite unseemly when it was served as it was looking pretty small, it packed a punch with each savoury bite and literally blew my mind away. Creamy and delectable, I'm left asking "Can I have some more, sir?". Honestly, how can something taste so good!

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My one last dining-in hurrah had to be at somewhere special. After seeing them featured on some Instagram stories, I made a reservation at Catfish immediately - I was gonna go out with a bang of course.

Catfish is described as a contemporary fish grill and raw bar with a mix of Asian fusion in its flavours. Pictured here is their Market Fish Kiev, a delicious deep fried piece of seabass topped with uni butter and gribiche sauce. While it seemingly looked like it was essentially elevated fish and chips without the chips, I took a bite and was blown away. The highlight of the night, holy f**k, it was so so good. The savoury uni butter made wonders with the crispy fried seabass and paired delectably with the side of gribiche sauce.

While the price did make my wallet cry, I was really glad I ended up ordering this. Not to mention that the lack of Catfish Tacos (what I originally wanted to try at Catfish) wasn't missed.

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My name is Jeremy and I’m just a solitary foodie.

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