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(Closed) Wok & Barrel

AsianFusion

East meets west as chef Shen Tan presents a selection of local gastronomical delights and Western bistro classics, along with desserts and a range craft beers from Japan and Belgium at the Wok & Barrel.

Daily: 11:30 - 22:00

+65 62200595
$21 based on 52 submissions
Lunch (16 votes), Dinner (15 votes), After Work (9 votes)
Maddy

Great food and desserts to-die-for!

I've had the superb rendang and bite size fried chicken thrice now and I'm definitely going back for more. I"ve heard mixed reviews about the place but it's usually when someone steers away from their specialty which is nasi lemak, rendang, fried chicken and their amazing local desserts that take on a wicked twist like the Shendol and Pulot Hitam pudding with coconut ice cream and butterscotch sauce. AS with all restaurants, Wok & Barrel excels in some areas and misses in others, but if it's good hearty local food with a unique twist you're craving, then tis is the place to be. The service is first class and I love that they have many variety of drinks and beer to wash down the curry. Nice, casual, informal setting. Anyone will feel comfortable here.

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Nasi Lemak Sets6 votes
  • Crispy Chicken4 votes
  • Curry Chicken Set4 votes
  • beef rendang3 votes
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09 Jan 2013 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Great food and desserts to-die-for!

I've had the superb rendang and bite size fried chicken thrice now and I'm definitely going back for more. I"ve heard mixed reviews about the place but it's usually when someone steers away from their specialty which is nasi lemak, rendang, fried chicken and their amazing local desserts that take on a wicked twist like the Shendol and Pulot Hitam pudding with coconut ice cream and butterscotch sauce. AS with all restaurants, Wok & Barrel excels in some areas and misses in others, but if it's good hearty local food with a unique twist you're craving, then tis is the place to be. The service is first class and I love that they have many variety of drinks and beer to wash down the curry. Nice, casual, informal setting. Anyone will feel comfortable here.
06 Jan 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

What just happened here?

We'd been to Wok and Barrel a few months ago and had a decent meal with chilli soft shell crab and rendang pizza, and we'd decided to revisit the place for a light Sunday lunch.

My wife ordered a mushroom vegan wrap and I'd ordered a nasi lemak with otah.

The vegan wrap was 2 sorry pieces of lettuce leaf filled with haphazardly chopped vegetables. It tasted and looked amateur at best

The otak was a steamed piece of fish- in a bland, tasteless sauce.

Nasi lemak was devoid of lemak, and a collection of old-looking, soggy cabbage bits  purported to be the coleslaw.

There was an overwhelming tang of garlic throughout the meal. And I am normally very fond of garlic, but this was sharp and overpowering and added to the bad taste the meal left behind, especially after a bill of $30.

Still processing what just happened. Profoundly disappointed and $30 poorer. Come on wok and barrel I am sure you can do better!
06 Nov 2012 • 15 reviews • 4 followers

Extremely extremely slow service

Having done a great job with their FB marketing (which was also how I got to know about them), I decided to give Wok & Barrell a shot. 

Nasi Lemak with Beef rendang was pretty good. Would give it a 7/10, however, I waited approx 45 min for it to arrive. I would have 2nd thoughts coming here again because of the time it takes for the food to arrive. I don't think there's an excuse for them taking so long because it is a very small place. Another negative point would be the price of the nasi lemak. $18 for a nasi lemak set is quite ridiculous despite the fact that it comes with a super average Tiramisu and interesting yet mediocre mushroom salad. Might be more worth it coming down for lunch!

I wouldn't recommend this place for dinner but I would for lunch because it is definitely much cheaper. But really, if you decide to head down, I suggest not making any after plans because it really takes AGES for the food to come.  Don't go there on an empty stomach, bring some sandwiches maybe? lol




01 Nov 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Don't bother

Congrats to W&B, this is my first time writing a review because of the bad experience i just had.My friend and I shared a set dinner which included a Vegan Lettuce Wrap, Nasi Lemak with coleslaw and beef rendang, and the Kueh Balu Tiramisu, and additional orders of Otah and Nasi Lemak.Vegan Lettuce Wrap - Horrible. A piece of lettuce with assorted veg dumped on it. Smelt extremely garlicky and it tasted very bitter. Nasi Lemak - Rice wasn't fragrant, beef rendang was not bad, nothing special. Coleslaw was redundant. Brownish and pitiful so I didn't really touch it at all. They served 2 types of chilli on top of cucumbers, but they slathered the beef rendang over them so I don't understand how they expect diners to taste the chilli?Otah - $6.90 for a relatively small flab. It looked more like fish than otah. Tasted bland and flat.The only saving grace of our dinner that night was the kueh balu tiramisu which was good.Overall, there was no balance in the meal at all. Almost all the ingredients on the plate had a sour component to them and it became quite a drag to have to finish the meal.My opinion is that if you want to charge diners expensive prices for hawker food, at least make sure they are delicious. I could get a $4 nasi lemak at some hawker centre and it tastes 100% better than theirs. The $40 spent that night was a total waste of money. Most definitely NOT going back and would advise people not to as well.
11 Oct 2012 • 711 reviews • 83 followers

Nice ambience with Fusion food

Set in the corner of Duxton Hill, this restaurant has a good location and is well decorated.  Good place for tete tete.Ambience:  Contemporary finish, pleasant surroundings and comfortable tables and chairs make this place a good choice for a quiet dinner.  Food:  The beers are great - we had the English ale and the flat beers (English style)  tasty and served cold.  Accompany finger food were the calamari rings with dip,  white bait with dip.  Tasty.  That staved off our hunger for a while.  A medium sized pizza ws next,  with rendang beef as the meat - very tasty.  My main course was the nasi lemak with redang,  tasty but not exceptionally memorable.  Also served were the mee pok strangely laced with a sour meat dressing,  not my favourite.  For dessert we shared a pulut hitam pudding with ice cream.  Their tiramisu made with "kueh bolu" was also tasty.Value:  Pricey Fusion Asian food.Service:  Reasonable but I think they are understaffed.