1-Michelin Cheek by Jowl closes its chapter and rebrands as Cheek Bistro
If you were crushed by the news of Cheek by Jowl's closure on 28 February, you were not alone. The modern Australian fine-dining restaurant, led by husband-and-wife team of chef Rishi Naleendra and general manager Manuela Toniolo, occupied a shophouse space at Boon Tat street where it was known for its continually-evolving menu and the use of sustainable ingredients. Cheek by Jowl's exit from Singapore's dining scene marked yet another Michelin starred restaurant closing — after Whitegrass said goodbye last December. However, its closure came with a silver lining — Naleendra announced that a casual bistro will be taking its place instead; along with another Australian fine-dining restaurant set to open in the CBD area by the middle of this year.
Retaining part of its old name, Cheek Bistro has officially opened yesterday, taking over the same space and with a brand new direction. So forget what you knew about Cheek by Jowl, the bistro will be embracing a relaxed mien while featuring sharing plates and a la carte dishes. Highlights of the new menu include beef tartare with millet, Spanish mackerel with zucchini and dessert of goat's cheese parfait with berries. Despite the menu overhaul, you can expect the same culinary standards with the Cheek by Jowl's culinary team helming the kitchen. An extensive wine list with offerings from over 80 labels varying from Burgundy to Burgenland, as well as cocktails and other beverages. Keep your eyes peeled out for a vivacious setting with the likes of cosy booth seats and an open kitchen.
We are excited to see what the power couple will bring to the table and whether Cheek Bistro will achieve a Michelin star — just like its predecessor.
21 Boon Tat Street, Tel: 6221 1991
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm, (Sat) 6pm-10.30pm