Daily: 17:00 - 01:00
Tables fill up with friends gathering over Chef Damian’s tapas-portioned heritage dishes and drinks from a generous selection of whiskies, beers and spirits.
With warm lighting falling on furniture of vintage pedigree,Immigrants is a welcoming laid-back space featuring a full bar and plenty of seating.
You will not find a selection of such old school Singaporean dishes anywhere else!
The food is all awesome and I highly recommend the singgang and buakualat (I'm unsure if its spelt that way) fried rice !
asahi on tap and a great selection of craft beers!
def must try This joint I'm Joo Chiat!
Between my first visit over a year ago and this visit, it seems standards at Immigrants have dropped somewhat.
Where's the memorable buah keluak fried rice? Instead, we were advised to order the buah keluak paste to go with the white rice. This paste was way too salty while the white rice was hard and undercooked. The sweet potato leaf with prawns dish was overcooked and the prawns fell apart as they were being forked. The restaurant should also consider larger dinner plates. It's really uncomfortable trying to use a fork and spoon in a tiny metal bowl which is fine for serving, but not for dining.
I hate to give a bad review especially since I had a very good impression from my first visit. But I had brought an overseas guest to dine at the restaurant and felt extremely let down.
I do love the range of beers though!
This Joo Chiat restaurant-and-bar's kitchen is manned by chef Damian D'Silva, well-known chef and champion of local cuisine. While it is a gastrobar, the bar bites are far from typical and the dishes are bursting with local and heritage flavours. The sambal buah keluak fried rice ($20) is an easy favourite. For the unititated, this is a good introduction to the bold, nutty flavour of the black mangrove nut. The rice glistens jet-black and is positively saturated with the inimitable earthy flavour of keluak seeds married with sambal chilli. The portion is small, which works, because this is a very rich dish.