Ah, finally something interesting that breathes a new lease of life to the quaint little neighbourhood.
Marble, is the latest eatery to have found itself a home at Everton Park.
Like the name suggests, one can expect the place to be equipped with white-washed walls and marble table tops.
After a glance at the menu and the concept, the food offerings seem to be limited, and I was a taken aback at first.
The staff then explained that they wanted to have a tapas-style dining concept, where you can order different small plates for sharing.
That is quite, well, brave of them to aim for something this different in a district with less foot-traffic.
Fortunately, for starters, their mushroom soup was already a game changer.
The Mushroom Macchiato ($6.50), unlike the usual cream soup base, had a clear appearance, rich in savory mushroom essence, added with smooth texture.
Topped with a layer of truffle foam, it felt as though I was drinking a cup of macchiato from Gong Cha, but mushroom-flavored.
More surprises to come.
I was beaming with excitement when the Deviled Eggs ($8) was served.
While classic deviled eggs are prepared by mixing hardboiled egg yolks with mayonnaise, topped with spices and then piped back to the egg white, Marble’s rendition was a cut above.
There were two components to this dish: One was a spiced egg yolk beaten into moose and piped into petite pesto cones; while the other was shoyu marinated soft-boiled quail egg presented in a smoked dome for the additional rustic smoky fragrance.
Amazeballs when the dome was lifted and a whiff of smoke trickled across the table, very visually appetizing.
Unlike your ordinary Fish & Chip ($8), Marble serves Aburi Unagi on triple-cooked chips, garnished with furikake and tobiko.
While the nugget-sized bites looked simple, it had quite a bit of depth when it came to mouth-feel – the combination of crunchy chips, sweet marinade from the unagi, savory furikake bits and popping tobiko sensation.
Extremely addictive and I could easily pop five at a go.
The Crab Porridge ($8) turned out to be more of like crab risotto with subtle seafood broth aroma.
I though it made a suitable contrast to the other dishes which were richer in flavor. But I may not pick this dish the next time I come.
For a bistro which stood out in their food offerings, the desserts were kind-of-average.
Take the Double Chocolate Brownie with Fig & Honey Ice Cream ($7) for instance, nothing much to rave about. However, I liked the fact that they paid attention to serving details – for example, the warmed-up brownie was served in a chilled stone bowl.
Apparently, the team at Marble is a group of aspiring young chefs who graduated from Culinary Institute of America offered by Singapore Institute of Technology, which explains the usage of various contemporary culinary techniques to create those exquisite dishes.
Their vision is to bridge the gap between fine and casual dining, and hence created this place which serves affordable, quality food creations at a more causal environment.
Despite graduating from a westernized culinary institute, I noticed their creations are influenced by using Japanese ingredients. Not that I am complaining, in fact I like the way their food carries an Asian touch.
Definitely not your daily kind of meal, and I left the place satisfied.
6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006 (Near Outram MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 5pm, 6pm – 9pm (Tue – Sat), 11:45am – 3pm (Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.