SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER) Redpan - located in the new wing at Marina Square - must be a godsend to those working in the area. It offers tasty and inexpensive dishes in a gorgeous setting.
The nice decor is a given as the restaurant is a partnership between Grub and DP Architects. The result: the perfect backdrop for your Instagram posts.
The menu - from the people behind Grub and Fix - is a collection of playful dishes. The fussy foodie will appreciate the effort to maintain a Singaporean touch, while the uninitiated will get a chance to taste what we have, albeit in a different form.
Ultimately, it's the taste buds that matter. Here, they should be satisfied, with dishes that will encourage repeat visits.
The Prawn & 'Hae Bi Hiam' Pasta ($15) is outstanding. The shrimp paste - more umami than hiam (spicy) - is something Redpan should bottle and sell. It'll go with everything.
The dessert menu is small but very good. The Gooey Banana Donuts 'Milo Dinosaur' ($7) is a must-try. If you're up to it, order the delicious Sticky Red Date Cake ($8) too.
I didn't like the Hainanese Pork Cutlet ($13). It's a hefty slice, but the pork is too dry and the tomato brown gravy doesn't seem to help.
The heavenly Pork Pops ($7) were the right balance between fatty and lean meat. The pork pieces are fried and accompanied by a tangy mango sauce. You'll lose count of how many pieces you've popped into your mouth.
I love chinchalok (fermented krill), so the Steak & Chinchalok ($21) is appealing to me. The dish is fine but I wish the chinchalok had more prominence.
WHERE: #02-03, Marina Square
WHEN: Weekdays, 9am to 10pm Weekends and public holidays, 11am to 10pm
This article was first published on March 23, 2016.
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