Hello there February. Greeting this love month with my immense love for… FOOD.
Still going out and about searching for the best meal experiences here in Singapore!
So to celebrate the love month, I went with my friend Janina to try Cheek by Jowl. Known for its flavorful and cultural dish interpretations, this modern Australian restaurant concept is located smack right at the heart of the CBD area. It’s becoming the new talk of the town lately. Judging by its really good reviews and quality food, we decided to have it a go.Despite the full house dinner reservations, the place was still absolutely cozy and bright. Just perfect for a casual (but elevated) dining experience!
We were lucky enough to sit right at the chef’s table. And my my, I am loving the open kitchen concept here. It’s utterly humbling to see these chefs at work. There’s so much artistry and zeal in the making!
So let’s get on it shall we?
We kickstarted the dining experience with their famous appetizer: Fresh Canadian Oysters topped with Smoked Tomato Granita ($5sgd/ pc).This succulent meal is to die for. It’s such an imaginative symphony of the sea. You’ll find yourself oozing with ooh’s and ahh’s with the lovely pairing. The smoked tomato granita as ice on top– makes it 100% swoon worthy.
For mains, Janina and I decided to share these all together:Our first gastronomic feast on the mains: the 12 hours slow cooked lamb shoulder, with pressed and grilled zucchini, green olive puree, smoked yoghurt, and crushed pistachios ($38 sgd).
yes. 12 HOURS!
All I can say is damn, that lamb is good. For one, I am not an avid fan of lamb meat because of its animalic taste. I find this meat quite tricky to handle because if it’s not cooked well, the animalic taste can overpower the whole meal. (Unless that’s what you’re going for).
But with this one- it’s just perfect! The meat. was. so. soft. You don’t even need to use the knife! The modern fusion of the dish takes me to a middle eastern trip somehow. Tasting this against the different sauces of the dish is such a teasing palette party. Pair the meat with the smoked yoghurt you’ll get a different sensation. Try it with the green olive purée and you’ll get a different interpretation.
All in all, the exquisite fusion on texture play is definitely on point. If you’re looking something to completely satiate your senses, this dish is a must order.Next up– Duck confit with a five spiced caramel sauce, zucchini mint salad and waffles on the side ($36sgd).
A festive asian twist on a sweet and savoury dish. I can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg from the five spiced caramel sauce– making it have the right amount of sweetness to coat the meat. The light, yet invigorating taste of mint with zucchini is amazing. And the best part? Pairing and eating it all together with the waffles. I mean, who wouldn’t want a breakfast and dinner meal in one?Ending the succulent dining experience with this amazing dessert: Fermented cherries-lightly seasoned with Sichuan pepper, with sherry brown butter curd, vanilla coconut sorbet, finished off on top with a coconut ash meringue ($15sgd).
A gastronomic juxtaposing of dessert elements– a play of light and rich flavours all in one! The acidity of the fermented cherries is perfected with its pairing of the brown butter curd and vanilla coconut sorbet. And the kick of the dish? The light seasoning of sichuan pepper. (* Slow claps*)Definitely a must try dining experience. If you’re feeling lazy// and opting out for a dressy dinner/ lunch out, I must say Cheek by Jowl is a must try. But do reserve first as the place gets too full quickly! 🙂
still on the lookout for more soulfood experiences! -D