Young chef Javier Low cooks up promising treats at Il Den

Unfussy food that is proficiently executed: Slices of Serrano ham and toast accompany a homemade pate.
Unfussy food that is proficiently executed: Slices of Serrano ham and toast accompany a homemade pate. BT PHOTO: JAIME EE

The hole-in-the-wall restaurant is fast gaining cult appeal with its well-executed cuisine

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) - He had us at "Javier".

We are at IL Den - a tiny pocket of respectability in the seedy-bar-and-nocturnal-creature-infested Orchard Plaza - run by a shy but determined young Singaporean chef. When we ask his name, he uncertainly makes a mental assessment of our linguistic range before replying, "Uh, 'Jay-veer'?... Or 'Ha-veah' ..."

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