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Three to try: La Brasserie, Akira Back, Operation Dagger

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Three to try: La Brasserie, Akira Back, Operation Dagger
Our shortlist of the top eats and treats in town

Akira Back

Experiences shape our achievements, and in the case of Chef Akira Back, his personal ones have made a definitive impact on his craft. The Korean-American chef's latest namesake restaurant has made its way to Singapore, and the offerings prove to be an amalgamation of flavours from around the world; credited to his successful empire of restaurants from Las Vegas to Jakarta. Take the signature Tuna Pizza for instance — don't be fooled by its unassuming name and modest presentation, a bite into this truffle-filled pizza will transport you to the streets of Japan, balanced with a hint of citrus from micro shiso toppings. For meat lovers, the 48 Hour "Sanchoku" Short Rib is something you won't want to miss out on. Chef Akira ensures each cut is slow-cooked for 48 hours, leaving you with a tender and juicy piece of perfection. Be sure to try the AB Tacos for an Asian touch to the Mexican dish, and the Toro Caviar featuring rolls of tuna belly punctuated with kochujang miso. Still have space for a bit more? Finish up with a portion of Hokkaido Scallop, served with fresh slices of kiwi and yuzu radish. — CT

Three to try Akira Back J.W Marriott South Beach Hotel

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Level 1BM, Tel: +65 68181888
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm

La Brasserie

The newly revamped La Brasserie located within The Fullerton Bay Hotel enchants on first sight with its leather-clad tabletops, 10-metre high ceilings, and renaissance paneling — a stylish palette of grays, burnt orange, and ivory that meanders through the spacious restaurant. Its unyielding philosphy is to only use authentic and high-quality ingredients, such as organic hand-churned New Zealand butter, free-range eggs, first-press extra virgin oil, and expertly sourced garlic, onions, herbs and vegetables. Presenting a refreshed menu that bags the fresh spirit of Southern France, make sure to try their classic duck confit, encased with perfectly crisp skin. Another noteworthy dish was the Boeuf Rumsteak, a 300g slow-roasted Wagyu rump, served with a side of your preferred mustard. Not looking for a heavy lunch? Order their French onion soup that comes with fully submerged focaccia bread — an intoxicating combination we would gladly lap up any day of the week. — JS

Three to try La Brassarie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Tel: 6597 5288
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm

Operation Dagger

Here's something to know before stepping into Operation Dagger: Everything here is entirely experimental. The entrance is nondescript, and takes you down to a dark basement — an underground drinking den where hipsters can happily congregate. From the bar bites to the cocktails, nothing you see here can be found anywhere else. Spearheading the innovative menu is bartender-owner Luke Whearty and team, serving up tipples with titles the likes of "Dangerous Drinking Water". Unlike lychee martinis or the classic gin and tonic, their offerings include a re-distilled gin infused with goat cheese, fermented pineapple, and honey — a mixer that beckons an acquired taste. If you want to play it safe, opt for their refreshing alternatives of fortified coconut wine and tomato beer. Putting a tongue-in-cheek spin on the quintessential French fries (notoriously found in most cafés and bars today), Operation Dagger's interpretation comes in the form of double fried French beans, seasoned with garlic powder and pepper. For more moreish bites, dig into their Steak Tartare, a wholesome bowl of handcut tenderloin, Dijon mustard, capers and intricately decorated with baby nasturtiums.  — JS

Three to try Operation Dagger

7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, Tel: 6438 0457
Opening hours: 6pm-12am

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