Village Nasi Lemak has joined the pack with an outlet opened at 57 Circular Road, a short distance from the heart of Raffles Place.
It has moved from Simpang Bedok, and you would be forgiven if you think it is a hipster pub with its colourful walls and mood lighting.
It has been re-branded to be an Asian tapas bar, with locally inspired ‘tapas’ such as Fried Chicken, Rendang Beef, and Sambal Sotong available at night from 6pm onwards.
The signature Nasi Lemak ($7.80) had to be ordered from a vending machine. One of those that was slow to react, and the staff could be too busy (napping) to help.
What I appreciated about this Nasi Lemak was its attempt to be different from others, with the inclusion of a truffle poached egg, cucumber cut in thin strips, and addition of deep fried crispy flour on the top of the rice for crunch.
It was a matter of getting used to a runny sous-vide egg instead of the typical sunny side up, but the truffle possibly went MIA – both in smell and appearance.
The coconut rice was soft and fragrant, delicious when mixed with the home-made sambal.
I imagined that the wings could have been juicer and crisper. Perhaps they were fried some time before hand in anticipation of the lunch time crowd.
Village Nasi Lemak Bar
57 Circular Road Singapore 049412
Tel: +65 6443 0400
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:00am till late (Fri), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun