Wok & Barrel - Scrumptious Singaporean makan with a twist CLOSED
Having walked past Wok & Barrel on several occasions, I finally visited them last week on recommendation from a good friend of mine who was raving about their food...
The concept is basically Singaporean makan classics with a twist, and rather than sweating it out in a hawker centre, you have the pleasure of being seated in a more intimate, minimalistic style restaurant...with air conditioning and a bottle of ice cold beer or wine if you so choose...And indeed I do.
I think a lot of people are initially put of by the idea of a more upscale Singaporean restaurant..Myself included. The mentality of: "Well why should I go there when I can get the same food in a Hawker centre and pay so much less?" comes to mind.... So let me remove some myths straight up.
One) The food at Wok & Barrel is fantastic.
Two) Prices are super reasonable for the quality (and quantity) of food you get. Especially for the area.
& three) Atmosphere. Simple, but chilled out, and a big plus...AIRCON! Hallelujah!
Honestly, as soon as I found my bearings, sat down and saw the menu, I was already feeling that i'd made the right choice to overcome my premonitions. Unlike other venues in the Duxton area, you are probably going to spend around $15-25 on your meal as opposed to $50+. And they have a very groovy selection of craft beers and boutique wines at reasonable prices....
Anyway, for the food that night, I let my dining buddy get to work and order some of his tried and tested personal favourites.
First up was the grilled brinjal with chilli ($5.90). Thick grilled pieces of brinjal lathered in a tasty sambal. Strong, yet balanced flavours and brinjal cooked to perfection - tender without being overly oily as it is in so many places. Oh, and the sambal sauce is Chef Shen's own secret recipe. Super yummy.
Written by The City NomadPosted in: Restaurants Fusion Indonesian Singaporean
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