Cultured evolution at Cheek By Jowl

The Coconut dessert from Cheek By Jowl.
The Coconut dessert from Cheek By Jowl.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER)  Ah, Australians. Those boisterous, cheeky people living comfortably in an environment that is a smorgasbord of cultures.

That's why modern Australian food is so interesting. This blend often creates thrilling new flavours and experiences. At Cheek By Jowl - it took over the fancier Sorrel - Australian chef Rishi Naleendra seems en route to that.

Many of his dishes combine ingredients and cooking methods from various cultures. The result? An Instagram-worthy plate.

The menu is an evolving one, which adds to the excitement too.

My main gripe about Cheek By Jowl is not about the food but the ventilation. It is not a place to wear fancy clothes to or carry that expensive bag, because you will take the smell with you.

AMAZING


The dessert Coconut ($15).

If there's a dish to introduce you to the restaurant, this is it. The dessert Coconut ($15) is pretty and amazing. The coconut laksa ice cream ranks as one of my favourite desserts, and the green chilli sauce is delightful.

ENTICING


Ocean Trout ($22).

The very pretty Ocean Trout ($22) is an enticing mix of sweet and salty, with a hit of wasabi to round it off.

COMPLETE


Roast Pumpkin ($22).

Everything about Roast Pumpkin ($22) works - the spices, the sauce and the texture of the pumpkin.

DELICIOUS


Barramundi ($32).

When the accompaniments overshadow the main ingredient, like they do in Barramundi ($32), it's a problem. The black charred scallion sauce is particularly delicious. I wish the fish was more moist.

DECENT


Smoked Oyster ($5 a piece).

The Smoked Oyster ($5 a piece) whets the appetite but it's not a standout, although I appreciate a smoked anything.

WHAT Cheek By Jowl

WHERE 21, Boon Tat Street

WHEN Weekdays: 11.30am to 2pm Mondays to Saturdays: 5pm to 10.30pm

CALL 6221-1911

weeteck@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on April 6, 2016.
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