Where To Eat This Week: Aloha Poke, Fat Prince, Porta, The Butcher’s Kitchen, Mezza9
A quick and healthy power lunch in the CBD just got easier with the opening of Aloha Poke’s latest outlet, located on Shenton Way. It serves the classic meals-in-a-bowls we’ve come to love, including the popular mentai salmon and nutty sesame tofu. But don’t miss out on new flavours such as the kimchee tako (octopus) and black pepper tuna, which are also available daily. Exclusive to the outlet is the chilled cooked seabass poke, which pairs chunks of fish with the usual mix of greens, and a drizzle of an original dressing, concocted with soy sauce, sesame oil, toasted white and black sesame seeds, and sweet white onion.
If it has been a while since your last meal at Fat Prince, now is a good time to revisit. The expanded menu boasts quite a number of new dishes. In the salad section alone, you’ve got two new items to savour: the 8 Hour Salad made with greens, squash confit and pumpkin seed dressing sourced from farms located within an eight-hour-drive radius from Singapore, as well as the avocado and kale tabbouleh.
Bring your friends and order more to share, especially the all-time favourite kebabs which include the Baharat chicken wings with pomegranate, hazelnut and spring onions; charred pork belly with smoked potato puree; and roasted lamb shoulder. But don’t leave without trying the new Moroccan bouillabaisse, which brims with squid, prawn, fish and mussels in a fragrant and spicy broth.
Nothing makes the day better quite like delicious Italian fare. And here at Porta, executive chef Alex Phan, formerly of Tippling Club and now defunct Restaurant Ember, has made it easier to have your fix at lunchtime. His two- and three- course lunch menus include light and toothsome starters such as salt-baked beetroot served with crème fraiche, honey smoked trout and foie gras. Choices for mains have got most diets covered; pick between the pan-seared sea bass with butternut pumpkin puree, an Angus striploin with a side of sautéed broccolini and fries, and confit chicken leg with mashed potatoes and vegetables. And for a sweet ending, the vanilla panna cotta with berries compote comes highly recommended.
Porta | Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street, S(237983) | 6593 8855 | email@example.com
4/5The Butcher’s Kitchen
The restaurant is known for its well-marbled grass- and grain-fed steaks but come lunchtime, you should drop by for its equally famous Flaming Hokkaido Beef Bowl. The hearty dish is packed with lush, thinly sliced beef imported from Hokkaido, garnished with parsley and The Butcher’s signature sauce. It's then doused with flaming cognac which gives the meat a hint of floral notes and makes for an Instagrammable moment.
There are also non-beef options, such as the Thai-styled grilled pork and The Butcher’s salmon bowl, to consider.
The Butcher’s Kitchen | 02-472 Suntec City Tower 1 and 2, S(038989) | 9616 0111 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't miss this special spotlight on Japanese street foods, which brings together chef Jems Bong of mezza9, chef Asai Masashi of Bincho and chef Kazuma Ishikawa of Panko. On top of the international buffet restaurant’s regular offering of edomae nigiri sushi, aburi sushi and sashimi, diners can tuck into the guest chefs’ signature dishes, available for dinner only, on Feb 23 and 24. Highlights include Bincho’s chicken thigh grilled over white charcoal, and its shiitake stuffed with cheese and black truffle, as well as Panko’s deep-fried seafood, meat and vegetable kushikatsu.
mezza9 | Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, S(228211) | 6738 1234 | email@example.com