There are some restaurants which get their names out even before opening, with the right flair of networking, personality and style.
I am talking about CreatureS, which is almost fully reserved for several consecutive days in its initial days.
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Singaporeans are hungry for restaurants with both substance and style, though more openings are inclined towards the later of late.
On quick check on its Facebook, this modern bistro has a total of 53 5-star review already on its second week of opening.
CreatureS has an extensive menu which blends Western culinary dishes with Asian and local flavours. Plus it is set at the used-to-be-more-dodgy Desker Road which gives it a dash of hipness and mystery.
I had readers asking me to review this restaurant WAY BEFORE it was opened. Where did they even get that news from?
Opened by the affable photographer Dennis Chong (who skips between tables in bow tie and shorts) and IT personal Kok Keong, the menu of CreatureS inspires one to try this, this, this, this and that.
Look at it: Zhu Burger ($22), Chap Chye Fusilli ($18), Prawn and Pork Buah Keluak On Prata ($15), 5-Spice Pork and Rice Broth ($23), Italian Yong Tau Fu ($10) and Orh Nee Cake ($9), this is one menu that will make jaded customers sit up and take notice, and chor chor wonder if these are any good.
In a nut-shell, I thought some of the dishes had potential given some fine-tuning, though my other 3 foodie friends were inclined to think there were hits and misses, and prices were a few dollars up north.
The dishes we liked – the Roast Duck and Pear Salad ($16) which had an appetizing-invigorating plum sauce dressing, and a Western-meets-Nyonya Babi Pongteh ($20) slow cooked pork belly served with French baguette with the right touch of tenderness and flavouring.
My wild guess is many dishes are tilted towards home-style cooking, therefore could come across as ‘healthy’ or ‘could be more flavourful’ – depending on how you see it.
Therefore, the signature dish of Miso Cod and Ulam Onigiri ($30) while fresh and succulent, could do with more pronounced miso and seasoning.
The recommended dish that we weren’t so sure about was the Zhu Burger ($22), which supposedly had pork patty marinated with XO Cognac, but was puzzlingly lacking in taste.
With that said, the team does have to juggle between two stories of a packed restaurant, and ambitious menu involving skillful intricacies and balancing. We are talking about Peranakan cuisine here, PLUS a Western slant.
The people behind CreatureS obviously put a lot of thought into the interior design and finer details, incorporating the creatures-meet-jungle theme almost faultlessly. Classy, and distinctive.
120 Desker Road Singapore 209 639 (Farrer Park MRT Station)
Tel: +65 6291 6996
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11:30pm (Fri, Sat), Closed Mon
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