Redpan has good grub at reasonable prices for playful palates

Redpan has good grub at reasonable prices for playful palates.
Redpan has good grub at reasonable prices for playful palates. PHOTO: DP ARCHITECTS AND MARC TEY

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.

OUTSTANDING


The Prawn & Hae Bee Hiam Pasta from Redpan. PHOTO: REDPAN

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.

MUST-TRY


Gooey Banana Donuts ‘Milo Dinosaur’ from Redpan at Marina Square. ST PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

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.

TOO DRY


Hainanese Pork Cutlet from Redpan at Marina Square. ST PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

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.

HEAVENLY


Pork Pops from Redpan at Marina Square. ST PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

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.

APPEALING


The Steak and Chinchalok from Redpan at Marina Square. ST PHOTO: DESIREE LAI

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.

WHAT: Redpan

WHERE: #02-03, Marina Square

WHEN: Weekdays, 9am to 10pm Weekends and public holidays, 11am to 10pm

CALL: 6255-5850

his article was first published on March 23, 2016.
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