Summerhill by Anthony Yeoh: Hearty, alternative French food in the heartlands
Sunset Way calling
Say what you will about the West, but it's kind of an underdog district. Most wouldn't expect supreme, innovative things to arise from it but they do. Like its recent Sephora debut or Anthony Yeoh's maiden restaurant — The Summerhill.
While the resto's opening isn't exactly news to foodies and the dining scene in Singapore, the former head chef of Cocotte has finally put the finishing touches to his humble address at Sunset Way. There's a strong menu in place and a decent patio seating outdoors; replete with a wall of Yeoh's precious succulents and plants. All is well.
Along with head chef Christopher Soh (who previously helmed the kitchen at Bird Bird), the menu sparks an onslaught of thoughtfully executed plates. Fresh deep sea prawns, grilled then elevated with lobster crème — like a bisque but sweeter. Then came along, a simple set of duck rilette brie cheese toasties, dabbled with port wine and cherry compote atop as well as a dollop of wholegrain mustard on the side. We've had plenty of duck rilettes but this particular one definitely stood out in the most sublime way.
While it is a humbly sized bistro, the place isn't lacking in its wine list. Pours of sparklings, rosés and perfumed whites and reds filled in the gaps between bites. More importantly, the glass of liquor unleased its charm when the signature milk-fed veal crusted chop landed on our table. The batter was light and crisp; encasing the creamy and tender veal within. Pair it with the Weingut Bernhard Huber Pinot Noir 2011, and you'll be all set. Oh, and that chocolate tart for a sweet (albeit bitter) ending. You won't regret it.
What's charming about The Summerhill is that as elegant as the plates here seem to be, there's nothing pretentious or forebearing about the French joint. Come dishevelled in your shorts and sliders, and tuck into a nice slab of steak with a bottle of red on the side. With typical Yeoh finesse, expect sporadic 'Fried Chicken Days' where he'll be serving up his iconic golden birds to the likes of its hungry following. Just stay tuned with their social accounts, and you won't be left behind.
106 Clementi Street 12, #01-62, Tel: 6251 5337
Opening hours: (Mon, Wed, Thurs) 5pm-1opm, (Tues, Fri) 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm, (Sat-Sun) 11.30am-4pm, 5pm-10pm