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.
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.