The Naked Finn – No Frills Grill, Just Fresh Seafood
ieatishootipost’s Dr Leslie Tay described The Naked Finn’s lobster roll as hot, seductive, addictive. So imagine my disappointment when I realised that it was only available during lunch.
Their signature Hae Mee Tng with wild-caught prawns and Berkshire Kurobuta pork belly was also only a lunch-time offering. Thinking of the bright side, that would be an excuse to return again during the day time.
The Naked Finn is a different seafood restaurant of its kind, working against all odds to achieve its present status. Located at an ‘ulu’ Gillman Barracks, there is no public transport that would come all the way in, no high traffic environment.
They have recently moved 2 blocks down to Blk 41 for a more spacious and comfortable environment.
The owners had no game plan in the beginning of business, no clear direction in terms of cuisine, and had frequent experimentation with ingredients.
You cannot quite describe its category, placed somewhere in between of everything – part café, part bistro, part bar, part localised, part Western, part fine-dining in terms of food quality, yet part casual in setting.
But The Naked Finn has earned itself several fans, with critics lauding their fresh and quality seafood dishes.
The no-frills grill’s set dinner for two was priced at $168, and I took a double take. This could be more than what I would pay in a reasonably good Italian restaurant.
After the meal, I would say no regrets and the dinner was well worth its money.
There were 8 items in the side, ranging from Mesclun salad, Chilled Piquant Vermicelli (very refreshing, they can cook cold bee hoon so deliciously), Flambeed live New Zealand littlenecks (not bad), Sword Razor Shell (totally wanted to suck the juices), Great Atlantic Scallop (okay), Baby Indian Squid, Pan-fried Barramundi (fresh!) and Grilled Mozambique Lobsters (my favouite).
Many of the dishes looked understated, prepared unadulterated with minimal use of sauces, some with Asian based seasoning, like the Atlantic scallops which were lightly-grilled with sea salt, fried garlic and shallot olive oil.
I gave up on using utensils half-way through my meal, using my fingers on devouring the razor shells. The freshness of the seafood was apparent with mild sweetness yet leanness and succulence in the textures.
The Naked Finn
Blk 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109454
Tel: +65 6694 0807 (please call between 2pm – 6pm, no reservations for groups more than 4 pax)
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm, last order 2:15pm (Mon- Sat)
Dinner 6pm – 10pm last order 9:15pm (Mon-Sat)
6pm – 8pm 1st seating, 8:15pm – 10:15pm 2nd seating (Fri-Sat), Closed Sun