Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, Singapore

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, Singapore

By Monica Tindall


I have to admit I did the flap (you know, elbows tucked into sides, hands fluttering like miniature wings in a state of excitement) when I first laid my eyes on the menu at Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen in Singapore. Separated from South America for nearing a decade, a browse of Sur’s dinner menu, had me salivatingly dreaming up delicious memories of the past.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Plantain Chips and Aji Armarillo Sauce

In their small bites section my eyes were drawn immediately to the Arepitas $8 each. This dense unleavened bread is a staple in Venezuela. Much the same as rice in Asia, it is eaten at most meals, sometimes on its own, sometimes slit in half and padded with any assortment of proteins. Perusing further I saw my three favourite fillings – Reina Pepiada (avocado and chicken), Domino (black beans and white cheese) and Carne Mechada (shredded beef and gouda cheese)! Seeing many pages of the menu to go I restrained myself and ordered just one, the Reina Pepiada. It came hot and golden in a petite woven basket. A crisp crust gave way to soft dough and, bulging stuffing oozed from the sides.  If there ever was a dish invented that pairs perfectly with beer, this is it.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Arepita con Reina Pepiada $8
I dragged my dreamlike gaze away from the arepitas and saw another plate that swept fond memories back into my heart – Chicharrones. Many a beach trip was spent buying packets of these crispy fried pork skins from vendors on the side of the road on the way to the sea. It was a snack reserved purely for this journey and no adventure to the shore was quite the same without them. It also came recommended by our sweet waitress but ended on our table different and, much better than I had remembered. Instead of the skin, this version was pork belly with a crunchy exterior and chewy succulent middle. Served atop a pond of aji armarillo crema (tangy yellow sauce) and capped with thinly sliced green tomato and red onion, the contrast in textures and flavours proved rousingly fresh.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Chicharrones $10
Next I moved to the cocktail menu and spied Guarapita! Bursting with emotion, I received a huge grin from hubby and a reminder that we were in public and I best at least attempt to keep my bottom in my seat and soften my squeals to smaller whimpers of delight. He however, knew my history with Guarapita and I his. This Venezuelan rocket fuel is a rough mix of rum and passionfruit, ever so popular by the sea. Home brews are shaken along the coastline of the Caribbean and bought by weekend vacationers in two litre plastic bottles. It’s most often consumed party style with your feet in the sand as you dance to the rhythms of the local tambor (drum) percussionists. This cocktail is deceptively sweet and innocent. It’s not until you stand that you appreciate its full strength. Had to be ordered. 

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Guarapita $15
With wisdom that only age and too many experiences with the day after brings, we knew better than to request two, so an old favourite, the Pisco Sour got the next pick. Barsol Pisco, egg white, lemon and Angostura Bitters made a refreshing drop. Neither cocktail disappointed.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Pisco Sour $15 

The evening went on and my excitement continued on a roller coast ride of thrill and delight. Chorizo Carupanero - spicy pork sausage, sautéed bell peppers and queso fresco (young white cheese) came wafting to our noses. The smoky smell of deliciousness was so rich you could almost consume and become full on the aroma alone. 

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Chorizo Carupanero $16 
Degustation of Ceviches followed. Given a choice of three we opted for the: Ceviche Clasico- catch of the day, shaved red onion, cilantro, sweet potato and leche de tigre (citrus based marinade); Ceviche Nikkei – ahi tuna, avocado, jalapeños, Nikkei citrus marinade, cilantro and; Ceviche de Salmon – salmon, mango, citrus marinade, poached taro root, red onions, jalapeños and, cilantro.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Degustation of Ceviches $24
Los Fuertes, “the strong ones,” mains came next. By this time, saying we were full was an understatement. Feeling deprived however, with so many years without authentic South American cuisine, we ploughed on like there was no tomorrow. Pescado Frito, whole fried fish with tostones (fried green plantains) and finely shredded coleslaw brought back more memories of Caribbean fun and proved another perfect pairing with icy cold beer. 

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Pescado Frito $26
South American restaurant, Singapore, Latin cuisine
Tostones - up close - one of personal favourite beach snacks - go easy though - these babies are high in carbohydrate and take a little while to digest


Plato Parilla, a mixed grill of lamp chop, amazingly tender pink skirt steak, chicken breast, pork, blood and luscious pork sausages and, fried yucca was more than enough protein to last a month. Carnivore hubby, however, tore through the flesh with carefree abandonment.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Plato Parilla $29
Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Close up of the Grilled Skirt - hubby's dream

Dessert was just as exhilarating and this round was hubby’s turn to lose control. Fond memories of childhood overtook his mumblings when he saw Raspaito (shaved ice with syrupy toppings) on the menu. Hearing the beginnings of (what I know can go on for hours) ramblings recounted from the past of buying shaved ice from street stalls and misadventures he and his siblings embarked on, I made a quick decision to order something a little more grown up. The Panqueca de Dulce de Leche, Triple Sec flambéed caramel filled crepes with candied orange, roasted nuts and ice cream, made a dramatic entrance. Flames a blast, a fiery hot pan appeared on our table, and the smell of caramelized sugar hit our nostrils. The oily nuts and citric zing married the creamy sweetness of the oozing caramel. 

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Panqueca de Dulce de Leche $14
 Close up of the luscious caramel in the Panqueca de Dulce de Leche
The giant sized Alfajors were our final indulgence. Light shortbread filled with dense caramel, rolled in toasted coconut can only be matched with a truly South American brew of Juan Valdez coffee - a model finale to an unsurpassable experience.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore, Latin restaurant
Alfajor $8
Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American Cuisine, Singapore
Juan Valdez Coffee - a truly South American experience

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen in their own words is “bursting with traditional Hispanic flavours and vibrant Latin flare!” Hubby and I are in 100% agreement.

Sur, Nuevo Latino Kitchen, South American restaurant, Singapore
Alejandro Luna and Vitelio Reyes
Sur is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and, for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.

Reason to visit: authentic South American cuisine, buzzing ambience, Latin cocktails, Arepitas, Chicharrones, Chorizo Carupanero, Plato Parilla, Panqueca de Dulce de Leche, Alfajors
Latin American, kitchen, restaurant, Singapore
Map to Sur

Sur
Nuevo Latino Kitchen
13 North Canal Road #01-01/02
Singapore 048826
+65 6222 2897




18 comments:

  1. Hi guys,

    Another great review! Are you guys still in Singapore?

    Wilson
    PlacesAndFoods.com

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    1. Hi Wilson, We're back already. Just down for the weekend. Can't wait to go back though. So many eating/ drinking options. :-)

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  2. omigosh, this looks great! get these guys to open a branch in KL, asap! :D

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  3. yummay! love the dulce de leche desserts!

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    1. Oh, yes! It just ooooozes deliciousness. :-)

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  4. Gosh, can't believe the great prices! It's interesting to see them serving an entire fish, which is a common sight mostly only in Asian restaurants.

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    1. I thought the prices were quite reasonable for Singapore. Yes, whole fried fish is quite common in South America.

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  5. Oh my, all those food could have floored a bull! But can't say that I would mind being the victim lah!

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    1. Hee, hee. If that's the bull, I too don't mind being the victim. :-)

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  6. All the foods look so droolworthy! Would love to visit the restaurant too.

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    1. Next visit to that area, it should be on your list. :-)

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  7. The cocktails look top.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. It's a great spot just for a drink, a snack or a whole meal.

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  8. Guarapita had me a hello! I need a few of these please... oh and I ll take the chincharrones, ceviche and the lamb too... as what the above said, I hope this place makes it here to KL...

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    1. Jen, I would love to have a few glasses of guarapita with you!

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