”How did you manage to find us?” I find this question slightly peculiar, as if this restaurant does not want to be found.
I have my ways, of course. Teepee Bar & Restaurant is located along 31 Hong Kong Street (near The Kitchen at Bacchanalia and Long Qing, a short walk from Clarke Quay MRT).
To be fair, nobody would have really spotted it, only with a cardboard signage that was spray-painted with “COFFEE?”
After walking in, you would spot this totally indie-hipster place complete with that industrial flooring look, painted in my favourite shades of navy blue and greyish-white.
The press release read, “Past its steel rimmed doors, tinkling of highballs interject the deep pulse of Reggaeton tracks. Beneath its guise, Teepee demonstrates class, without a care for ostentation.”
Could present a far-fetched view, but stripped down, Teepee offers honest-good coffee, burgers and rice bowls. I didn’t hear the Reggaeton by the way.
On its menu includes small plates of Croquette ($8), Pork Buns ($9), Parma Ham Crostini ($12), Freshly Shucked Oysters ($24 for 6 pieces), Burgers which included Umami Swiss, Buttermilk Spicy Chicken, Bacon & 3 Cheeses, Spiced Beef with Kimchi ($16 – $19), and Rice Bowls ($16 – $24).
The signatures include a Spiced Kimchi Beef Burger ($19) of beef patty, paired with kimchi and cheese, served with freaking good fries.
While I liked the juiciness of the patty, I didn’t get the entire combination. The kimchi felt like it was forced in this marriage without a thorough thought of this relationship. Perhaps more Korea-ness could be incorporated by a sauce or something.
The Wagyu Beef Bowl ($24) contained grilled wagyu, 63C egg, leek sauce, and sautéed kale.
Interestingly, the kale was my favourite component of the bowl, while the rice – on the wet side, was the weakest link.
What would keep me coming back would be the Shakerato ($6.50), a mix of espresso, tonic water and citrusy juice. A refreshing beverage which reminded me of travels in Sydney and Melbourne.
Teepee Bar & Restaurant presents itself some indie personality and soul – which I liked. Not entirely sure if its food menu would be enough to appeal to a wider CBD crowd though.
The restaurant opens till “very, very late”. Stating opening hours like this makes the type J in me uncomfortable. Both 11pm and 5am can be considered “very, very late”.
Teepee Bar & Restaurant
31 Hong Kong Street #01-02 Singapore 059670
Tel: +65 6225 0025
Opening Hours: 8am – very, very late (Mon – Sat)
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.