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Summary

Overall RatingBased on 19 reviews
Food/Drink3
Value2.4
Ambience3.3
Service3
$68/pax
beef carpaccio, pavlovas, pork ribs, Cod, King Salmon, Lemon 7 Yuzu, Rack Of Lamb View all
After Work, Dinner, Ala Carte, Chillout View all
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Serving New Zealand cuisine in a good ambience

Food/Drink 4 | Value 3 | Ambience 4 | Service 4
Total Reviews: 148

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Fern & Kiwi originated from New Zealand, with the management behind opening their first cafe back in 1988. With 25 years of experience and 21 cafes under the brand name Lone Star Cafe, they decided to venture overseas with Singapore as the selected destination last year with its offering of food, wines, beers, music and live entertainment all served in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

 

Admittedly, I am not an expert when it comes to the authentic New Zealand cuisine. Some research pre-dinner led me to discover that it is largely similar to Australian and British food with influences from Mediterranean and the Pacific Rim. It is also driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations and interestingly, "dinner" (also know as "tea") is the main meal of the day where families typically gather and share their evenings. This inspired restaurants to generally provide a larger proportion of the diet!

 

Split into a bar and restaurant, we went for the latter which was located on the first floor. Upon reaching the entrance of the restaurant, we were given the option to take a manually-operated lift or the flight of stairs. Feeling lazy, we decided to try the lift which involved us holding on to a button to propel it upwards!

Upon being ushered to our table, we were prompted for a bottle of "Still" or "Sparkling" water and I naturally assumed that they do not serve tap iced water. It was after ordering a S$12 bottle of "Still" water did we realise that they actually serve iced water for free.

Pure South New Zealand beef fillet (S$45/++)
While the New Zealanders term it the "Eye Fillet", most people would be more familiar with the term "Tenderloin". Due to the cut being closer to the rear of the cow, the muscle actually does little work and explains why it is usually the most tender beef cut.
We requested it to be served medium-rare and it was perfectly cooked, just the way we wanted. These 225 grams of grain fed protein was nicely complemented with a side salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a pot of brown, mushroom-flavoured, creamy sauce which did not quite suit my palate for the evening. Overall, I liked that the slab of tenderloin was carefully handled in the hands of the chef who knew how to handle this protein well.

Lemon 7 Yuzu (S$15/++)
This was a rather interesting dessert with a lemon yuzu bar being the main highlight, which had a rather firm texture to it. Paired with passion fruit caramel, crushed candy meringue, freeze dried pineapple, raspberry and coconut soil, expect to be overwhelmed in terms of the different elements offered. We love the acidity and tang from the passion fruit and raspberry which cut through the sweet flavours from the candied meringue and caramel. Served on a stone slab, it was also beautifully dusted and surely won us over in terms of presentation and tastes.

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Closed. Why take my reservation?!

Total Review: 1

I made a booking for lunch on Sun at 12pm via this website. The booking was successful, and I even received a confirmation email.
 Yet when I reached the restaurant, it was closed.
 Why take a reservation for a timing when the restaurant is closed?


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Nothing interesting.

Food/Drink 1 | Value 2 | Ambience 3 | Service 4
Total Reviews: 57

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The menu prices are not ordinary. It costs $35 to $45 for a main dish, and appetizers are well above $10. It's for tourists, set in a touristy area, so, wallets, be well prepared. The service is great, staff prompt and friendly. Just don't sit on the second level, near the kitchen, if you want to enjoy your expensive dinner like a fine dining place. You'll hear the grumpy chef lecturing the servers, or shouting out your orders in a very unglamarous way.    We started off with an appetiser, Southern Ocean Chowder ($19.50). Green lipped mussles, sea run salmon and scallops, in a light creamy fish broth with potato chunks, this soup looks pretty when served with the oil floating nicely on top. However, we had to add quite a bit of salt and pepper to season it... It is a really big bowl, easily serving up to 2 persons. There's all sorts of ingredients from the main dishes that you'll see inside the soup- cod fish, salmon, potatoes...   A group of 4, we ordered steaks, Pure South New Zealand Beef Sirloin ($41.50) and Pure South New Zealand Beef Ribeye ($41.50), both veiny (grass-fed... ...), not juicy and marinated. Overall, nothing impressive, especially with the normal salad by the side.   The Oven Baked Cod ($39.50) and Canterbury Plains Rack of Lamb ($39.50) fared better than the steaks, and had more interesting side dishes ,like grilled asparagus and sauteed haricot beans.    The Cauliflower gratin with Upper Moutere cheese ($10.50) was not as cheesy as we had expeceted, but the light, fragrant natural taste of Cauliflowers brought out the taste. The Haricot Beans and feta cheese with almond flakes ($10.50) is average as well, but we thought our zhi-char stall could've done better, as they tasted quite similar...   Appetiser Southern Ocean Chowder ($19.50) Green lipped mussles, sea run salmon and scallops, in a light creamy fish broth with potato chunks   Pure South New Zealand Beef Sirloin ($41.50) 225grams of grass fed sirloin   Pure South New Zealand Beef Ribeye ($41.50) 225grams of grass fed sirloin   Oven Baked Cod ($39.50) Served with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus in a Fern & Kiwi special sauce   Canterbury Plains Rack of Lamb ($39.50) Coasted with trio of peppercorns and grilled garlic served on mashed potatoes and sauteed haricot beans   Sides   Cauliflower gratin with Upper Moutere cheese ($10.50)Haricot Beans and feta cheese with almond flakes ($10.50)

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Worst Service ever!

Food/Drink 2 | Value 2 | Ambience 3 | Service 1
Total Reviews: 16

Went there to celebrate a friend's birthday but experienced the worst service ever!! Will never return again!!! 


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Ideal for that after work drink

Food/Drink 3 | Value N/A | Ambience 3 | Service 3
Total Reviews: 2143

Located next to the taxi stand at Clarke Quay, Fern and Kiwi is more of a drinking hole, with the food to support it.

At a recent visit, I had some beer and whisky, but what stood out for me was that the pub grub that came with it was pretty good by itself. Recommended is the fried fish, huge onion rings, and the must try, the roasted pork belly which melts in the mouth.  Pair these with a large mug of beer and it is the ideal formula for a great night with friends.

Service was generally efficient in a relaxing atmosphere.


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Good food and great service but slightly pricey

Food/Drink 4 | Value 4 | Ambience 5 | Service 5
Total Reviews: 4

The food at Fern and Kiwi was very good indeed. For starters, we had the beef carpaccio (which i really liked), the foie gras (was nice) and the salt&pepper squid (good but the batter could be better. They use the body and tentacles. Not the usual squid rings)   The lamb rack I had went well with the peppery sauce and mash. The Cod on the other hand was a little dry but still nice. I didnt get to try the steak but the portion looked big.    Great atmosphere and great staff, especially from Nigel who was nice and helpful the whole night. He even cracked a joke to lighten the atmosphere. Price would be on the high side though. If only it was a little more affordable.


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