49 Seats, #01-49 to 52
49 Seats started life in 2012 as a 49-seater hang-out at original location 49 Kreta Ayer Road.
Its claim to fame — the Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($14.90) — now has a version with salted egg and chicken cutlet ($16.90) and another spicier, eye-watering upgrade.
The Level 49 Spicy version contains heavier tom yum sauce and five tablespoons of chilli padi, compared to the original’s one teaspoon. Challenge yourself to finish it and you could earn 49 per cent off a main course on your next visit.
Other signature dishes are the Pan Fried Fish with Tom Yum Sauce ($16.90) and Cheese Fries ($7.90). All prices are net.
Gyu-Kaku, or “bull’s horn”, is one of my go-to places for yakiniku (Japanese barbecue).
One of the must-tries is the Gyu-Kaku Recommended Platter ($68.80++, 400g), which feeds two. It comprises the star Kagoshima Wagyu Chuck Karubi (short ribs), which, with its generous marbling, melted in my mouth.
Also included are Gyu-Kaku Karubi, lean yet juicy cubes of beef fillet, as well as pork belly and flavourful basil chicken. Add on a portion of Gyu- Kaku Karubi (Tare) at $10.80++, which, with its tasty marinade, is an all-time best-seller in Japan.
Also try the matcha ice cream, topped with kuromitsu (Japanese black sugar syrup) and a dash of kinako powder (roasted soyabean flour).
Ollie Kitchen & Bar, #01-33M
The premium coffees here are brewed with Dutch Colony Coffee beans. My mint mocha (from $6.90++ for regular) was smooth, balanced and uplifting.
The Bacon, Egg & Cheese Burger ($18.90++) features a perfectly grilled beef patty and a sunny side-up.
I also couldn’t get enough of the Garlic Chicken ($17.90++), an oven-baked jumbo chicken thigh with pommery mustard cream sauce and grilled mixed vegetables. The chicken thigh is marinated for 48 hours to thoroughly infuse the poultry with flavour.
For dessert, the towering Belgian Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream ($7.90++) was crisp and light, and tasted as good as it looked.
COMING SOON: the miniBAR, #01-105
Fans of the 2016 Chinese film See You Tomorrow will be tickled by the miniBAR’s playful take on this tipple of the same name ($18++).
The Caribbean-blue drink, tinged with the citrus notes of blue curacao and beautiful crimson of the tart and sweet grenadine syrup, is packed with the potent quartet of gin, tequila, rum and vodka.
the miniBAR prides itself on “makan-tainment”, utilising theatrics such as dry ice, and applying food methodologies to cocktails and vice versa.
For Melon Illusion ($18++), honeydew is sous vide with artisanal Botanist Gin, and the result is sweet and deceptively mild.
I also enjoyed the cold Kwai Fei abalone slices ($5.90++) with a spicy kick and the innovative Nasi Lemak Soba ($5.90++), topped with a house-made sambal and ikan bilis.
the miniBAR is slated to open on July 25.
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