While bar food has commonly taken the likes of burgers, buffalo wings and fries, Moonstone at 103 Amoy Street has taken a different and unusual approach – offering comfort food with an Indonesian twist.
What you can expect include Indomie with Braised Chicken, Bakmi Ayam Mason, Nasi Ayam Mason, to even Bakmi Szechuan.
Moonstone was formerly known as “21Moonstone”, a coworking space and dive bar located at 21 Moonstone Lane.
Due to noise complaints from nearby residences, the bar has moved its operations to downtown Singapore at Amoy Street.
Besides serving a range of spirits and wines, you can also expect specialty cocktails like the Moonstone classic “Liang Teh” ($18), To The Moon & Back ($20), and Uptown Funk You Up ($21).
For its return, they have launched both lunch and dinner menus with the food prepared by Mason Kitchen which is known for preparing Asian comfort food.
Fun fact: “Mason” used here is derived from the words “ma” (mother) and “son”.
For CBD folks who want to escape the heat, the lunch items are priced at a wallet-friendly $8 onwards for noodles, with offerings of Bakmi Ayam Mason (braised chicken), Bakmi Sehat (braised shiitake), Bakmi Szechuan (spicy braised chicken) and Nasi Ayam Mason (braised chicken with fragrant rice).
I went during dinner time and had the Bakmi Ayam Mason. This is Moonstone’s version of the Bakmi – a street food staple in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The noodle dish served with braised chicken, onsen egg, shitake mushroom, poached greens and tofu crisps.
The long and straight fresh noodles reminded me of ramen with its chewy and slightly doughy bite, and mixing all up was like having another version of mazesoba or bak chor mee.
The components worked well together, with well-marinated chicken and mixture of textures coming from both the crisps and oozy egg.
Do add some of the kick-ass sambal chilli for the extra oomph. It made a lot of difference.
I also had the Supremee ($12) included with the familiar Indomie with braised chicken, chicharron (fried pork rinds), onsen tamago and a secret seasoning.
The flavours were stronger on this one and would appeal to those who prefer richer food, and I was glad it didn’t lean over too much to the saltier side.
And wait, the curly noodles used is actually not instant noodles, but custom made, fresh noodles from the supplier.
Cooked just right with springy bite, this was more memorable than another hipster Indomie I had recently.
If you are up for sides, recommendations include the Bon Joe ($14) – their take on Mcdonald’s Sausage McMuffin, K.F.C Sliders ($14) which cheekily means “Kena Fried Chicken Sliders”, and Brown Cauliflower with miso butter glaze ($7).
While some bars serve up food items that are either run-on-the-mill or cost an arm and a leg, Moonstone managed to present a menu with fun and character, yet all at rather-friendly pricing.
103 Amoy Street, Singapore 069923 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Tel: +65 6610 3029
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 12am (Sat), Closed Sun