Where’s The Food (WTF)? September 2017

By SALT Magazine | 05 September, 2017 | Food, Restaurants
2017-09-05 14:58:56 2017-09-13 11:08:06

SALT magazine’s regular round up of the latest food and drink news, new menus, and gourmet events to check out

Pollen x Hendricks: Afternoon tea set with 12 sweet and savoury treats and two specially created cocktails
Pollen x Hendricks: Afternoon tea set with 12 sweet and savoury treats and two specially created cocktails

Pollen X Hendricks Afternoon Tea

Inspired by Hendricks gin, modern European restaurant Pollen launches a new afternoon tea menu incorporating 11 botanicals present in the spirit. Expect 12 sweet and savoury treats from Pollen’s kitchen to go with Hendrick’s two tea cocktails specially created by Hendrick’s brand ambassador Tasha Lu for this occasion. Reflecting the botanical theme well, the Miles & Miles comprises of Hendrick’s gin, chamomile tea, fresh lemon juice and St Germain elderflower liquer while the Matcha Mint Mello features Hendrick’s gin, mint leaves, lime juice and matcha tea. Take your pick from a spread that includes Lady Grey petit choux, braised duck with Stilton and chilli cookie or Braised Beef Cheek in lemon pickled carrot. Of course, no afternoon tea is complete without the requisite scones and jelly – Pollen offers Dried Apple and Cranberry Scones paired with Elderflower and Strawberry Jelly. Pollen x Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea is available for $50 per person from 14 September to 30 November 2017.

18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953. Tel: +65 6604 9988

Joyden Treasures: Lobster Claypot Porridge with Crispy Rice Puffs
Joyden Treasures: Lobster Claypot Porridge with Crispy Rice Puffs

Joyden Treasures’ New Menu

Joyden Treasures is a delightful Teochew-Cantonese style Chinese restaurant tucked away in the idyllic Kallang Leisure Park, on the outskirts of the central business district. With minor cosmetic changes to its airy, well-lit restaurant and a slew of new menu items, it promises to be a hit. There is a distinct focus on seafood items in their new additions. One of the highlights is the Lobster Claypot Porridge with Crispy Rice Puffs (market price) with wholesome stock that you’ll be licking from the bowl – the rice is reddish-brown thanks to long hours of boiling with the lobster shell for extra flavour. Another soupy dish, the Poached Flower Clams and Mustard Greens in Superior Broth ($20) is refreshing to the palate with its clean flavours. Mustard greens, which are inherently bitter, are sliced, brushed and soaked in cold water repeatedly to remove the bitterness. What is left in the soup are soft, delicious greens which pick up the flavour of the flower clams and broth well. Can’t get enough of seafood? The Teochew style Chilled Yellow Roe Crab (market price) whets the appetite with fresh, firm and full crab meat – the creamy roe is the centerpiece of the dish, the proverbial icing on the cake.

5 Stadium Walk, #02-42 Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693. Tel: +65 6446 8488

Fat Belly: The Flat Iron, a cut of meat from the cow's shoulder
Fat Belly: The Flat Iron, a cut of meat from the cow’s shoulder

Sugarhaus x Fat Belly

Speakeasy-style steakhouse Fat Belly co-shares a space with its dessert-centric sibling, Sugarhaus. Taking its cue from the prohibition era, the steakhouse is “hidden” inside the dessert parlor and operates as a cosy bar-counter that faces the kitchen grill. Open only for dinner, Fat Belly focuses on lesser known cuts of beef that boast stronger and more robust flavours. Forget about sirloins or rib-eyes and look out for off-cuts like The Flat Iron ($22) (a cut of beef from the cow’s shoulder) or the Short Rib ($25). Both are served with a house salad, chimichurri sauce and Himalayan pink salt that really brings out its flavours. Add $5 for sides like Sauteed Thyme Mushrooms and an amazingly creamy kale dish. Exclusive to Fat Belly is the Foie Gras dessert ($13) with foie gras ice cream, bruleed banana, speculoos and roasted nuts. Sugarhaus has also introduced a slew of new desserts: the Lemon Popsicle Tart ($8) has a lime jelly centre, but the face-scrunching nature of citrus-based desserts is countered here with a toasted marshmallow crown on the popsicle. There are also 18 flavours of ice cream ($4.30 per scoop) on rotation, with new flavours added whenever inspiration strikes – the Hibiscus Flower Yoghurt is the most recent addition – while light on the hibiscus flavour, includes real flowers.

10 Jalan Serene, #01-04 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748. Tel: +65  6314 2247 

Prego: the Cavatelli con Nduja is a pasta with nduja sausage, and is sure to be an enduring favourite
Prego: the Cavatelli con Nduja is a pasta with nduja sausage, and is sure to be an enduring favourite

Prego’s New Menu

Prego’s new menu translates its Italian trattoria vibe well, if the lunch crowd is anything to go by. Their new signatures are warm, hearty, and fill you right up. Case in point: two new pasta dishes on the menu. The first is the Cavatelli con Nduja ($34), made with cavatelli – small pasta shells – and Nduja sausage, a spreadable salami. Red onions, pomodoro fresco sauce and pecorino cheese complete the dish, and yes, it tastes just as good as it sounds. The other is the Cappellacci di Zuppa con Ragu Bianco ($36) – pasta with sweet butternut pumpkin, bathed in a white bolognese sauce made of butter sage. For meat-lovers, the Braciola di Maiale ($42) features roasted pork chop drizzled over with mustard cream sauce, and fruity red cabbage. Two new desserts are also introduced, but the star of the show is undoubtedly the Baba al Limoncello ($14). The light brioche is soaked in limoncello, which tastes like syrup but has a thinner consistency. The brioche is topped with fluffy basil whipping cream, and here it counters the saccharine nature of the limoncello just right.

80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1 Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560. Tel: +65 6339 7777

Sticky Wings' assorted flavours - the sticky kecap manis, spicy flamin' and naked
Sticky Wings’ assorted flavours – the sticky kecap manis, spicy flamin’ and naked

Sticky Wings

At the mouth of the MRT entrance to Westgate lies a brand-new fried chicken concept with a Southeast Asian twist. Sticky Wings is a fuss-free diner that offers plenty of choices in their combination of wings and sides. Two main glazes are used – the Sticky Kecap Manis (which is sweet) and the Spicy Flamin’ (which is very spicy). The Sticky Kecap Manis paints the wings a rich brown glaze, and should prove to be a hit with children and adults. The secret ingredient? Gula melaka! Sides include a choice of butter rice ($1.50), french fries topped with minced beef rendang ($6.50), salted egg fries with nacho cheese and tomato salsa ($5.90) or traditional masalada ($1.80) which is a Portugese donut. Pick up the masalada for something different to go with your meal; the soft, doughy texture and mild taste is the perfect foil to the moreish sticky wings. If you prefer burgers, the Cluckin’ Good ($7.90) is a lemongrass chicken patty nestled between masalada buns. With a straightforward queue number system, a ‘grab & go’ section with tasty snacks like salted egg chips and cold pressed juices, Sticky Wings offers a little something for everyone. Wings come in four different sets (ordered in single flavours), each with a variety of wing parts like the drumstick, joint-wing and mid-wings. An additional $2.50 added to any set makes it a combo with soft drinks and a side.

3 Gateway Drive, #02-05 Westgate, Singapore 608532. Tel: +65 6266 8455

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