Three to try: Morsels, Martini Bar, Wakanui

Three to try: Morsels, Martini Bar, Wakanui

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Text: Janice Sim Adibah Isa

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While most chefs might classify the word 'fusion' as taboo, Chef Petrina Loh at Morsels declares her cuisine by the F word with pride. Her approach is honest and simple, marrying familiar flavours from her Asian heritage with the techniques and skills she picked up during her stints at leading restaurants around the world. Morsels' new 40-seater outfit at Dempsey is all about easy, breezy vibes with rustic furniture, random knick-knacks, and washed out walls. Start off by ordering the Gin-Cured Makajiki Belly — swordfish perfectly cured in a house-rub of rooibos, Szechuan pepper, chysanthemum flowers, Ford's Gin, and other spices. This proves to be an excellent palate cleanser with the addition of Shimeiji mushrooms pickled with vinegar, yuzu and lemon juice. A fan of red meat? Be sure to try the 1825 Beef Tongue Musubi, a tender caramelised offal that has been brined for 7 days in fennel, coriander, and warm spices. The charming space also offers a rotating menu of noodle bowls — we tried the Wild Sri-Lankan Tiger Prawn Noodles, lapped up in an intoxicating broth made from prawn shells and slow-cooked with sugarcane and corn for eight hours, with an ajituske egg to top it all off. If you're looking for that gratifying, belly-warming sensation, you'll find it here. — JS

Three to try Morsels

25 Dempsey Road, #01-04, Tel: 6266 3822
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm

Martini Bar at Mezza9

We've heard splendid things about multi-concept dining destination, Mezza9, at Grand Hyatt Singapore, but not so much about its obscure drinking hole, Martini Bar. Staying true to its eponymous name, have your pick from their impressive selection of over 30 martinis, each spot-on delicious and true to its own — all you have to do is pick your poison. Craving something different? Sip on the Basil Sling — an ingenious concoction loaded with vodka, St-Germain liqueur, lemon juice, and the magic touch of basil leaves. The Lemon Custard also took us by surprise, balancing zingy citrus flavours alongside the sweetness from a splash of Advocaat (Dutch eggnog). While you're busy chugging down drink after drink, don't forget to fill your tummies with their delectable bar bites, straight from Mezza9's kitchen. Call for their delightful olives, crispy blue swimmer crab cakes, Thai-style chicken wings (served with a lime and chilli dip), and grilled black onyx beef sliders. After all, behind every nightcap lies the perfect supper grub. — JS

Three to try Martini Bar

Level 2, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Tel: 6738 1234
Opening hours: 4pm-1am


If Mary was a Kiwi who had a little lamb, let's just say we hope it's from Wakanui in South Canterbury, New Zealand. Born around August and September, the little one lives a happy life in Wakanui's fertile lands, noshing on lush, nutritional grass as it develops muscle and flavour coming into spring. If you're lucky, it'll find your way into an appetiser seasoned with Christmas Island salt, Australia pink pepper, and coriander powder in Wakanui, the first restaurant in the spanking new Marina One office and residential building. A grill focusing on New Zealand meats, it's great for CBD's lunch crowd who want that delicious in-between — a tender meat like wagyu, but one that's also deeper in flavour. All meats start off on a charcoal grill, before giving it the Japanese treatment on a Binchotan. Groups of two or four can share a meat platter with the lamb, Canterbury Grass-fed fillet, Ocean beef rib-eye and dry-aged bone-in rib-eye. The Canterbury is quite a surprise — even though it's quite lean without any marbling, it's still a tender bite. Meat lovers can choose to have these meats on their own, or dress them with Christmas Island salt, a house-made soy and garlic sauce, or wasabi.  The baked French banana shallots on the side deserve a mention too, for their melt-in-the-mouth, subtle sweetness. — AI

Three to try Wakanui

5 Straits View, #04-02, Marina One The Heart, Tel: 6384 2885
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm

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