Where to dine this week: FOC PIM PAM, alittle tashi, Le Binchotan

Where to dine this week: FOC PIM PAM, alittle tashi, Le Binchotan

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Text: Janice Sim Rachel Chan

Image: Le Binchotan

A shortlist of top eats and treats in town

alittle tashi

Asian takes centrestage at the tables here — alittle tashi is a charming addition to the unassuming neighbourhood of Jalan Besar. Adopting the Chinese dining style of 'zi char', all plates are designed to be shared at a communal dining table, but elevated with a medley of spices and modern techniques. The menu introduces a unique tier of foods, with a focus on pickling. From spicy red radish to garlic cucumber, their house-made pickles are undoubtedly the heroes of the space. Think light acidity with a dose of tartness, doubling up as a fab appetiser and a palate cleanser throughout the meal. Sauces also play a big part in bringing out the bold flavours from their mains. For instance, their baked river prawns is served with fluffy shiitake rice and a winning ginger scallion jus — which completes the entire dish. Do yourself a favour, and order a portion (maybe even two) of their blood cockles. Relished in a piquant "addictive" that is their Thai chilli jam, it could change how you feel about eating bivalves. It definitely changed ours. — JS

Best eats alittle Tashi

39 Tyrwhitt Road, Tel: 9757 3680
Opening hours: (Tue-Sun) 6pm-12am


If you're looking for a decent slice of Barcelona's food scene, hit up FOC Pim Pam. The laid-back nook in Orchard recently went through a makeover — from its interior to the menu. What used to look like a festive hideout is now a sophisticated restaurant showcasing sleek and muted tones. Here at FOC Pim Pam, there are designated areas for specialised meals, which draw the lines neatly between tapas and serious mains. Start off your Spanish meal at their Tapas Bar, with one of their delicious aperitifs paired with Iberico cuts or fresh oysters. We also recommend getting an intoxicating sherry flight (FOC PIM PAM happens to own the widest collection of sherries in Southeast Asia) if you're dining with your pals. After which, move on to their main dining area and be ready to eat up a storm. Their tomato tartare is a tangy version of the typical steak starter, balanced adequately with tomato ice cream, berry capers and crisp toast. Croquettes? A must-order here, encasing various fillings of ham, mushroom, crab, spinach or pine nuts for the picking. If you're interested in meats, go straight for their crackling suckling pig, kissed with smoky and gamey flavours, and elevated with a touch of rosemary. — JS

Best eats FOC PIM PAM

442 Orchard Rd, Tel: 6100 4242
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm

Le Binchotan

Nestled in the far corner of Gemmill Lane lies this Japanese-French restaurant, with an intimate cabin-like interior that sits 35 people. Chef-owner Jeremy Chiam now helms Le Binchotan, with some of its items in the menu revamped since our last visit. Every dish here boasts detailed preparation, especially those that embody bincho-tan, a white charcoal used in traditional Japanese cooking. If you love bread as much as we do, their bincho-tan grilled bread with buttery flavours will have you involuntarily going for seconds or simply eating the butter off the knife (guilty as charged). One of the restaurant's signature dishes, Edible Charcoal, is one to remember. Angus beef short ribs are slow-cooked in saikyo miso and port wine for 16 hours and then pulled apart, before it's wrapped in a crispy layer of spring roll skin coated with bamboo charcoal. End the night on a sweet note with our personal favourite dessert — Smoked Chocolate, made from 64 percent Valrhona dark chocolate and cold-smoked with apple wood. Folks looking for an alternative nightcap can have a little fun with their off-the-menu cocktails — simply make your requests known to their head bartender, Gwendolyn Wong. — RC
Le Binchotan Edible Charcoal

#01-04, 115 Amoy Street. Tel: 6224 1045
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-12am, (Sat) 6pm-11pm

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