Aussie Eats:

From clas­sic steaks to con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian cui­sine, here are four restaurants to try, plus Aussie meats to cook up in the com­fort of your own home.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - – LIND­SAY YAP

We try some of the best across town

Cheek by Jowl

21 Boon Tat Street 6221 1911 | cheek­byjowl.com.sg

THE SCENE: Cheek by Jowl is lo­cated along a row of shop­houses in buzzy Telok Ayer. We came for din­ner and sat at the bar over­look­ing the kitchen, where it was pleas­antly dim with a cosy and re­laxed vibe – per­fect for an evening meal.

THE SPREAD: Fea­tur­ing mod-oz fare, the menu changes reg­u­larly ac­cord­ing to sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents, while re­tain­ing se­lected sig­na­ture items. You can choose to have a three-course meal or indulge in a five- or seven-course tast­ing menu. Don’t be fooled by the dainty por­tions – they add up!

We had the five-course Chef’s Tast­ing Menu ($88) that comes with ad­di­tional small snacks; we es­pe­cially liked the baby potato with sour cream and chives, and the baby corn with crispy ker­nels. Each main dish of­fers a myr­iad of flavours and tex­tures. The roasted quail was lovely, topped with green ap­ple and paired with chest­nut purée, mush­rooms and mint. We also had smoked mack­erel, which went well with its ac­com­pa­ni­ments of pick­led cu­cum­ber and green pea jus. Next up was the bar­ra­mundi, served with charred let­tuce, onions and prawn foam; we pol­ished it off quickly, thor­oughly en­joy­ing the ten­der flesh. Of course, I had to try the kan­ga­roo loin – it was well-charred and not too gamey – while my com­pan­ion opted for the lamb sad­dle, which she also en­joyed.

To end the meal, we tried the co­conut semifreddo and laksa leaf ice cream topped with green chilli sauce (not spicy!), pomelo and peanuts. This unique cre­ation’s un­canny re­sem­blance to laksa took me aback ini­tially, but its re­fresh­ing flavours soon grew on me.

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