Saturday, 31 October 2015

Five Rooftop Bars in Kuala Lumpur

Woo hoo the haze has lifted in Kuala Lumpur. Blue skies are visible and all is near good again. Here's our round up of places in which to enjoy this long missed fresh air and clear heavens in: The Best Rooftop Bars in Kuala Lumpur.

(click on the title links for directions, menus and full details)

View Rooftop Bar

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View Rooftop Bar

Mai Bar

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Mai Bar


Best Rooftop Bars in Kuala Lumpur


Best Rooftop Bars in KL

Heli Lounge Bar

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Up the Stairs to Heli Lounge Bar

From which perch might you be celebrating blue skies again? 

Where to find these rooftop bars around Kuala Lumpur...

Interview with Aiden Lee, Lobbee Thai Connection, Empire Damansara

Empire Damansara
Aiden Lee, Lobbee Thai Connection

Interview with Aiden Lee, Lobbee Thai Connection, Empire Damansara

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?

I don’t have any F&B background as I was only a 9-5 worker bee (client account executive) in the logistics industry in Singapore. It's thanks to my brother Adrian, who invited me to venture alongside him in this start up that I'm here. I have the opportunity to startup a restaurant business while leaving my 9-5 office job behind. It’s a life changing milestone for me at the moment, and a chance to try something new. Now thinking back: a self-run career versus a job, which would I choose? Being my own boss definitely!

Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.

The most interesting story would be the research and development part. We love Tom Yum and had Thai food every day before our restaurant was launched in order to find the best version. You can’t imagine how excited we were when we found the best Tom Yum after trying tons of them. Once the Tom Yum hit the spot (our taste buds), we both shouted: “Ah-ha! this is it!!! This is what we shall focus on."

What's the best part of your job?

The best part of my job of course is to be able to bring in and popularize a variety of Thai cuisines from Bangkok to Malaysia. Seeing our customers enjoying themselves, some even licking their fingers, while having our Tom Yum Lobster Noodles excite us!

What's your favorite meal/ drink in Lobbee – Thai Connection?

Lobbee Iced Tea as it’s not an ordinary ice tea. The complexity of its flavors and the refreshing feelings it provides after having the spicy food quenches thirsts right away!

Fried Potato with Thai Salad Dressing – is a must try appetizer. Could you imagine fried potato strips paired with the Thai peanut salad sauce? The tanginess, the sweet and spicy aromas, ahhhh… I can’t describe anymore; it is too unique.

The perfect day off would be...

There are few parts to my ideal day off.
First is exercising in the morning and brainstorming crazy ideas for my career and business and reading articles and books to get inspiration. Also, if I could throw in a few more activities I like enjoying a cup of hand-brewed coffee while listening to jazz music - that really satisfies me too. It compensates for all the hard work I put in during the week.

A day in the life of a restauranteur is... 

A day being me?
I pay all the bills. I make sure that everything is taken care of, I run the operations, I make drinks, give change. I direct the business. I do a lot of different things, I wear a lot of different hats, whether it's between people who are not getting along, handling the money, making sure that things get paid, keeping things clean. Most importantly, being there!

What's something you'd like guests to know about Lobbee – Thai Connection?

We drain our brains to provide customers the most creative Thai food selection we can imagine. We try to cater to local taste buds while being creative in adding on some WOW elements to our food and drinks.

What's your view on the Kuala Lumpur food scene?

Creativity, creativity, creativity! The population in KL is getting more and more receptive towards creative food and menu selections. This might motivate more and more people to become restaurateurs, which is good news for the population as consumers would have more options. In no time, KL will be a famous foodie pilgrimage.

What's in store for you in the upcoming months?

Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we continually strive to bring you the best!

Have a look at some of the delicious dishes the boys at Lobbee Thai Connection are currently serving via this link.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Bar-A-Thym Entrance from Gemmill Lane

When our favourite sommelier tells us of a ‘must visit’ bar or restaurant, we have no choice but to rush to make a reservation. He’s never led us astray - behaviourly perhaps on occasion, but never have our taste buds been disappointed. So when he demanded that our next trip to Singapore sees an evening at Bar-A-Thym, with sweet talking chef Francois Mermilliod, we could not help but say yes (!).

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore

Located on the happening gourmet lovers’ strip of Gemmill Lane, Bar-A-Thym is one of the newest and hottest properties to flourish in this street. The glass walled entrance, fronted with stools and high tables, allows a preview inside of a long bar lining the space on one side and elegantly dressed dining tables on the other. Cheeky French flare is expressed on the walls with pastel-hued murals, a textured ceiling and mosaic floor. The glint of chandeliers and drop bulbs reflects off rows of glasses suspended above the bar. Immediately we feel at home with a little splash of quirkiness, a drop of fun and some fabulous aromas wafting from the kitchen.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Bar-A-Thym Kitchen Team

Chef Francois Mermilliod serves cuisine south of France in style. Fish and seafood procured sustainably and prepared on the flat plancha grill with distinctive Mediterranean flare dominate the menu. And as such, it makes sense that our first dish is fish.

The fine crunchy shell of the Bacalao Accras ($22) encloses a rich codfish filling. The Thai chef accompanying Francois in the kitchen adds a Thai Nahm Jhim dressing spicing up the traditional and leaving a mildly addictive tingle on the tip of our tongues.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Bacalao Accras

The hostess suggests the 2014 Rose Provence Chateau Sainte Marguerite ($70 bottle, $12 glass) to pair with our starters. Its smooth fruity balance does well with a variety of foods, and its bright raspberry aromas are mirrored in the palate.

Iberico Pork Jowl ($22) arrives seductively shining on a bed of pea tendrils. Sweet cubes of pear chutney and flavourful hazelnut halves further contribute to the richness of the luscious sweet slices of cured and smoked pork cheeks. Wow.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Pork Jowl

Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops ($26), we’re told is a new creation that has proved incredibly popular. A delicate presentation for the eye is equaled with elegance in the mouth. Slim slices of okra and dill donate a burst of green, ground hazelnuts contribute earthiness, and caviar a salty taste of the sea. Covering the top is a frothy tomato emulsion that lightens the overall profile and sets this dish apart from other carpaccio we’ve recently dined on.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops

Continuing with the fruits of the sea, distinctive flame red slices of Alaskan King Crab ($29) rest atop a tangle of angel hair strands. The pasta has been cooked together with uni and espellete creating a smoothness that is sliced through by the French pepper. The heat though is only just enough to break the creamy sea urchin, and quickly retreats once its work is done.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Alaskan King Crab

In preparation for our main, we change to a 2010 Rhone Valley Domaine Soumade, Rasteau Village ($16 glass). It’s dark in the glass and rich in body with soft minerals in the finish. Reaching every crevice of the mouth, yet surprisingly soft, it makes an excellent pairing for our following meaty course.

We salivate as we inhale the delicious aromas of the roasted Welsh Lamb ($42). It smells so good we take a number of deep breaths just enjoying the scent before we carve in.  Soft flesh quivers at the touch of our forks, and an array of mushrooms, potatoes and spinach supply a satisfying partner to the meat. I glance over at hubby’s plate and see he’s gnawed his meat to the bone. You can’t get a much better recommendation than that.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore

Bar-A-Thym’s pastry chef, Shameem Abdullah, has sent over two desserts looking almost too pretty to eat. A Raspberry Tart ($8) with a hint of pistachio mousseline and raspberry coulis, and the Esterhazy ($8) featuring hazelnut dacquoise, pralinè buttercream and caramelised hazelnuts. Both are petite mouthfuls of pleasure and a first-rate ending to a splendid evening.

Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore
Raspberry Tart
Bar-A-Thym, Casual French Restaurant, Singapore

Reasons to visit: warm friendly atmosphere – everyone here clearly loves what they do and they all adore chef Francois; don’t miss the Iberico Pork Jowl or Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops; be sure to save some room for some sweet treats too.

18 Gemmill Lane
+65 6557 2224
Accessed by the Telok Ayer MRT or street and car park

Monday to Friday 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:30
Saturday  18:00 – 22:30

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Bartender Martin and His Mobile Cocktail Trolley at Colony, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

A Journey Across Oceans with Colony Cocktails
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

We can usually find an excuse for a cocktail at just about anytime of the day, but it’s Friday night, we’re at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, and have been promised a journey across the seas with signature Colony cocktails – no excuse needed.

Colony, the hotel’s beautiful celebration of Singapore’s rich culinary history, is inspired by the voyage the British took from home to the East Indies in the late 1700’s. As such décor, food and beverage summon sentiments of a former romanticised epoch. A handful of libations have been especially crafted to carry guests from departure to arrival ensuring they get a good taste of the curiosities along the way.

Setting sail from the UK, we embark with the Long Journey, complete with ‘departure card’ pegged to the side as garnish. This take on the whisky sour shakes Great King Street Scottish whisky, Irish Guinness reduction, English honey and fresh lemon juice over ice. Its lovely frothy top is finished with grated nutmeg. Proving a hit with us both tonight it gets repeat orders during the course of our weekend getaway at The Ritz.
Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
The Long Journey

France and Spain are connected in the Blaze of Biscay through Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, sweet Pedro Ximinez sherry, and homemade vanilla and cinnamon syrup. Topped up with strawberry and green tea, all ingredients are flambéed and served warm alongside vanilla ice cream. Although we’re only at the beginning of our expedition, this one might be best saved to last as it makes a wonderful alternative (or companion) to dessert.

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Blaze of Biscay
In a nod to the Asian tea pulling style of teh tarik, the Bengal Brew features Earl Grey tea, condensed milk, vanilla and cinnamon syrup, and Mount Gay black barrel rum. The mix is poured between jugs in an entertaining show of skill, and topped with grated nutmeg and cinnamon. Served in a Gucci teacup, you could sneakily get away with this one at breakfast ;-)

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Bengal Brew

Dutch Courage is a cool treat as we further breach the tropics. Dutch Genever gin, homemade orange and carrot syrup, mandarin tea, and fresh lemon juice, are topped up with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water. Star anise floats on the top and the remains of the tonic are too delivered allowing us to add (or not) as desired.

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Dutch Courage

Our final arrival to Singapore is marked with the Governor’s Invitation. A scroll with a formal request from the governor himself signals our trip’s conclusion. Making good use of local elements, this elegant tipple combines fresh coconut water, homemade pineapple and lemongrass syrup, Bacardi white rum and fresh lemon, and is bestowed a light effervescence with a generous splash of Champagne.

Colony, A Cocktail Journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
The Governor's Invitation

With tableside cocktail preparation, a graceful setting, and delicious cocktails, time pending, we might just purchase a return ticket.

Reasons to visit: gorgeous vintage setting; tableside cocktail service; we encourage taking the full journey, but if you must choose our favourites were the Long Journey and the Blaze of Biscay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799
+65 6434 5288

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Best Bubbly Brunches in Kuala Lumpur

A little bubbly to cheer your Sunday

Always hard at work trying to hunt down the best food experiences in the city for our dear readers, here's The Yum List's round up of:

Best Bubbly Brunches in Kuala Lumpur

(Click on the title links for more details, maps and photos of the food and location)

Marble 8's Great Sunday Meat Up

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Marble 8

With views of the iconic Petronas Towers, a reputation for being one of the finest steak houses in the city, and a semi-buffet semi-table service concept, this is one of the best brunch deals in town. It's priced at RM138++ per person for food or RM198++ per person with free flow Carlsberg beer, wine and Prosecco. 

Thirty8 is another location offering stunning views of the twin towers and city centre, this time however with a bird's eye perspective. From the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, guests have unobstructed vistas through double storey floor-to-ceiling windows. Add the pleasant environment to a seemingly never-ending spread of fresh seasonal ingredients, live cooking stations and delectable desserts and you have yourself a very agreeable afternoon. Sunday brunch prices begin at RM222 nett per person without alcohol, rising to RM370 nett for the free-flow option that includes prosecco, selected cocktails, and the very drinkable Benchmark 2013 Chardonnay and Shiraz. 

Neroteca Plaza Damansara's Saturday and Sunday Bubbly Brunch

bubbly brunch, plaza damansara

With Neroteca, recently adding a new location at Plaza Damansara, and opening up their brunch to both Saturday and Sunday, a leisurely afternoon noshing on the best of Italian cold cuts, cheeses, pastas and porky products is now even more accessible. Nerotecca Plaza Damansara’s buffet bubbly brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm at RM88 for food only, and RM188 inclusive of free flow house wine and Prosecco.

Ante Kitchen and Bar's Do It Yourself Bubbly Brunch

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Ante Kitchen and Bar

The pork specialists in Publika, Ante Kitchen and Bar, prefer to leave the decision making up to the guests. Offering a solid range of porkylicious brunch items, and a range of bubbly from which to select, diners can craft their own sparkling affair.

El Cerdo's Bubblylicious Sunday Brunch

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El Cerdo

El Cerdo offeres one of the best value brunches around with a cold cuts buffet, roast pork carving station and selected à la carte orders. El Cerdo's Sunday brunch is available from 12noon – 2:30pm and priced at RM148 for the porky food line up including free flow cava, Tiger draft beer, red and white house wines, soft drinks and juices.

Shook! Mad Hatter's Bubbly Brunch


A light-hearted and whimsical experience awaits you and your friends at Shook!’s Mad Hatter brunch, running every Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm at Feast Village, Starhill Gallery. Champagne drinkers will be set back RM298++ for the pleasure of Moet Chandon, while non-drinkers will pay a more modest RM188++ for a mind-boggling spread of food from Western, Indian, Japanese, Malay and Chinese kitchens. Wouldn’t you say it’s time to bring a little Madness into your week? 

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur Bubbly Sunday Roast

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The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur 

Elegant, classy, gracious - all of those things that sum up the brand The Ritz-Carlton are also true of their Sunday Bubbly Roast. With a concise buffet of very high standard, and a free flow of Laurent-Perrier Champagne, all to the sounds of trio of musicians, it's a stylish way to spend a Sunday. The Sunday roast begins at RM196 for food alone, rises to RM348 for a free flow of wines, and reaches RM465 to also include Champagne.

Prego's, Bubblylicious Brunch

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Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

One of the original Champagne brunches in the city, Prego has stood the test of time with its line up of Italian goodies and endless flow of bubbly, wine, beer and cocktails. Bubbalicious is a fun way to pass a Sunday.

Have a favourite bubbly brunch spot in the city? Let us know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Best Happy Hours in Kuala Lumpur

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Best Happy Hour Deals in Kuala Lumpur

Tired of the typical Happy Hour deals in the city that focus mostly on beer, The Yum List has been rootling about KL's bars and restaurants for something a little more special. Here we share with you our list of the:

Best Happy Hours in Kuala Lumpur 
(NOT buckets of Carlsberg)

(Click on the title links to find full details, maps, prices and photos)


best happy hours
Two glasses of wine and a free flow of Becco (quality Italian small bites) for only RM39, Monday to Friday 5pm - 7pm - brilliant!

Nobu Club Kuala Lumpur

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Nobu Club Kuala Lumpur
Stunning views, stylish atmosphere, and sake fruit cocktails and bottom shelf spirits at only RM25 nett all night long - it's a no-brainer - perfect for a date, group of friends or even a solo evening of self indulgence, Nobu Club KL is THE place to be on a Friday or Saturday night.

Qba Latin Bar and Grill

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Qba Latin Bar and Grill
Respectable quality wine at RM13 per glass from 5pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday, and live Latin music from 6pm. Say no more. Vámonos chicos!

Skillet @ 163

Skillet @ 163
Filled with pot plants, high ceilings and a relaxed yet stylish ambience Skillet@163 is an excellent place to avoid peak hour traffic. Happy Hours from from 5pm - 8pm with Mojitos and Lychee Martinis at RM18 and Tiger Beer RM10 per mug. Cocktails here are excellent - not overly sweet, maintaining a perfect balance of refreshing with a slight edge. 

Buns and Meat

House Wine
Buns and Meat
Wine for RM9.90 per glass!


kate spade pavilion

Two for one cocktails and wine on any night of the week from 4pm 'til 8pm easily gets our vote. But that's not all, a platter of four mini-burgers will only set you back RM28 too.

The Village Bar

starhill gallery, best happy hours
The Village Bar
Two for one wine daily from 5pm - 8pm, different beverage promotions throughout the week and quite possibly the most unique decor in the city!

Aziamendi 88

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Aziamendi 88

A visit to Aziamendi 88 might not be the cheapest deal in the city, but it will give you a taste of 3 Michelin Star treats and cocktails without having to fork out flights to visit the original.

Where have you found the best happy hour deals in Kuala Lumpur?

Monday, 26 October 2015

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi Village, Singapore

Craft Beer and Carnivores ‘ Bliss

The charming beach side community of Changi Village Singapore provides a relaxed backdrop for a leisurely afternoon, peaceful lunch, or fun filled evening, and its in this sleepy fringe town that Little Island Brewing Co., has set up shop. With a swiftly earned reputation for decadently mouth-watering chunks of meat cooked to succulent sublimity, and craft beer on tap (their own brew soon to be pumped from the pipes), this casual eatery has found booming success.


Perhaps part of the attraction is the location itself: physically removed from the bustling city, it too is free of stuffy constraints. Looking much like dad’s dream shed with glass walled brewing tanks, a long self-serve bar, kitchen with enormous smoker and Argentinian grill, and rustic wooden communal tables, it seems every big boys’ fantasy.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
The Bar
Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
The Kitchen

Or, maybe it’s the beer, or promise of beer to come that has seen its rapid rise in fame. Currently some respectable boutique brews are on tap, and home-crafted soft drinks too. But it’s what’s in the pipeline that is causing even more of an excited rumble. Award-winning brew master Steve Spinney, has been engaged to develop Little Island Brewing Co.’s very own labels. With plans of a Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Dry Irish Stout and Whisky Ale to be flowing from the taps by mid November, beer enthusiasts have already begun to hang around, sipping on the overseas selection, and eagerly awaiting a taste of the first drops of a locally conceived liquid.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Brewfist Burocracy IPA
Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
House Brewed Ginger Beer

But for now we suspect it’s the meat-roasting king, Chef John Edwards, and his blaze of finger-licking flesh, that are causing Singaporeans to cross the island in a salivating trail of carnivorous pursuit.

You’ve heard of artisan bakeries, artisan brews and now Little Island Brewing Co. introduces artisan meats. A silver monster-sized smoker is the pride of the kitchen, fueled by lychee wood from Vietnam and jarrah from Australia. Chef John is a believer in slow food, insisting that everything is done from scratch, and as such most of the meat dishes take up to two days to prepare!


Our introduction to the menu sees two enormous slabs of meat on an even larger chunk of a chopping board. Drool pools around hubby’s lips as two men transfer the mammoth meat feast from kitchen to table. The slabs are bestowed all sorts of oohs, aahs and envious oglings of desire on its journey, and we almost feel like lions warning off the scavengers.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
So Much Meat It Takes Two to Carry!

Berkshire pork is injected with brine and left overnight to marinate with cumin, coffee and chili before being steamed for two hours in the starting preparations for the Beer Belly Pork (SGD12). The finishing off roast at a high temperature produces some of the crispiest crackling, and softest pieces of juicy flesh that we’ve ever had. All senses are treated as the tissue is sliced into: the sweet and savoury aroma teases the nose; the crackle furnishes an enticing crack and crunch; and the juices trickle down the sides of the knife before the luscious nosh pleasurably dissolves in the mouth.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Beer Belly Pork

The 15 Hour Smoked Beef Brisket (SGD13.80) is equally enticing and we’ve heard draws Singaporeans from the furthest reaches of the island for a plate. Chilled Australian wagyu is marinated overnight with a dry rub (onion powder, garlic powder, salt, smoked paprika, coconut sugar, ground white pepper and chili flakes) then smoked for 15 hours. This slow-cooking method gifts an incredibly supple and juicy finish, and we soon understand the urge to drive across the country for a slice. A side of Memphis slaw, perked up with horseradish and lemon, slices through the fattiness of the cut, balancing out the richness, and enables us to pack away far more than we previously thought humanly possible.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Close Up of the Brisket

But, the pièce de résistance is yet to come in the pure black Angus Short Rib (SGD45 for 1 rib, around 400gm). Marinated overnight with salt and pepper, the meat is then braised in beef and vegetable stock for around 4 ½ hours. After cooking it’s left to cool completely in the same stock. As the temperature lowers the muscle relaxes and reabsorbs the liquid, yielding resemblance to a living organism, as it appears to pulsate as it’s knifed into and the juices are released. A knife however is not necessary to penetrate the tender hunk, a little prodding with your little finger would do. For unapologetically carnivorous hubby, this is a no-brainer contender for food of the year. For my veggie-loving self however to be on the edge of foodgasm… the commendation could not be higher.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Drool Worthy Slices of Beef Short Rib

Made with beef short rib and sirloin, the patties are rich and tasty in the Short Rib Burger (SGD25), which brings a goofy smile to hubby’s face as he munches in. Fitting the entire tower between his happy lips, it’s clear to see (and hear) that he has found meat-lover utopia at Little Island Brewing Co. Thinly sliced Monterey Jack cheese and air-dried Spanish ham complete the burger with a wallop of decadence, while house made barbecue sauce and curry mayonnaise lubricate the whole thing, adding to without taking away from the natural flavour of the beef.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Short Rib Burger

Non-meat eaters can be relieved that there are fish and vegetarian choices that are made with equal care and attention to quality. A fish farmer just a few minutes from Little Island Brewery Co., provides the sea bass for the Ale Battered Fish (SGD20). A crisp casing contains the moist flesh and tartare sauce made in house supplies a delicious dipping. A light sprinkling of citrus salt is used in the batter, which makes it worthwhile trying the fish on its own first to appreciate the subtle flavours before pairing with the mayonnaise.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Ale Battered Fish

From the vegetarian section, Roasted Chili Pumpkin with Chestnuts and Chili Yoghurt Dressing (SG10) is often ordered as a side dish. Three giant wedges of Japanese pumpkin are roasted in garlic, chili oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Cooked to be soft but not mushy, the sweet flesh is contrasted with bitter rocket and rich chestnuts. It’s easily a meal in itself, and well deserved of a ‘yums’ up.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Roasted Chili Pumpkin with Chestnuts and Chili Yoghurt Dressing 


There really should be no more thought of food after this Herculean banquet, but mention the words, “Sticky Date Pudding” and instantaneously a hidden empty corner of the stomach is uncovered.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Sticky Date Pudding

I’m rather fussy with this long term favourite as I think my mum has marked the bar high with her recipe. Chef John however must have exchanged tips with my mother, as he has doubled the dates (as does my mum) and only blended half of them in with the mixture, leaving the other half roughly chopped granting a change in texture. Warm butterscotch pools the bottom and creamy vanilla bean ice cream melts down from above. Divine! And soon… it’s all gone.

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The Team at Little Island Brewing Co.

Reasons to visit: MEAT - come running for the Short Rib, Beer Belly Pork and Brisket!; Sticky Date Pudding; house brewed soft drinks (and soon their own beer); imported craft brews on tap; casual fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Little Island Brewing Co.
Block 6 Changi Village #01-01, #01-02
+65 6543 9100