Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 02:00
Eve of PH: 18:00 - 02:00
A casual-styled restaurant and bar offering high quality crustaceans, cooked simply, and most importantly, priced reasonably. Helmed by the duo who started Klee bar at Portsdown Road, this is also the perfect place to enjoy cocktails under the stars.
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Since dining almost 2 years ago, The Naked Finn has moved to new premises, barely 100 meters away from their old haunt, which is, incidentally, now its sister bar. Its greenhouse aesthetic is maintained, so you get an expansive view of the lush surrounds of Gillman Barracks. It's a terrific escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Be sure to make reservations though, it was a busy full house on a Friday afternoon when we popped by for lunch.
Very little is done to the seafood, which is fresh and sweet. If you thought that read bland food, you'd be mightily mistaken. The food here is hearty and soulful, and robust with flavour. It's just that when the ingredient's that fresh and sweet, very little needs to be done to it.
1) Grilled Indian Baby Squid ($8) - seasoned simply with a flick of sea salt and slick of olive oil: must try. Soft, sweet and succulent
2) Beef Burger ($23): At first blush, it looked disappointingly minuscule. But (some, not all) good things come in small packages, and this turned out an indulgent, finger-licking-good powerhouse. The decadent grass-fed dry-aged Japanese wagyu patty, dripping with juices, came together with the Boston lettuce, American cheese, and special sauce brilliantly. Just be sure to get double (or triple) orders of this if you're hungry.
3) Pan-fried Barramundi Fillet ($20): paper-crisp skin and moist flaky meat. This was seasoned with olive oil and finished with sea salt, accompanied by a mound of blanched kangkong tossed in kalamansi juice, dried shrimp, and shallot oil, and vermicelli oiled in sesame and fried garlic bits, both served refreshingly chilled
4) Hae Mee Tng ($25): a medley of farmed giant tiger prawns, Salmon Creek Farms pork belly, in a blended soup of 9 prawn species and simmered pork bones. This was rich and sweet but not cloying, as The Naked Finn resists the addition of MSG or sugar. Get the vermicelli for a traditional option, or the Japanese somen for a twist on the classic.
5) Homemade Naked Chendol ($13) with coconut sorbet: deconstructed version of a local classic, but refreshingly lovely
6) Homemade Gula Melaka Sorbet with Sea Salt ($10): a twist on the flavour du jour, salted caramel. An absolute must-try.
7) Homemade Sour Plum Sorbet ($10) with osmanthus jelly: recommended if you prefer a tangy refreshing end to your meal
Had the set dinner with the prawns and a bottle of champagne.
Good: Fortunately they didn't make the champagne. Refill service was quite good by Singapore standards.
Bad: Food started off strong with the scallops and then pretty much fell off a cliff afterwards. Hardly edible and much of it served at lukewarm temperature. Kicked out at exactly 10pm...i.e. practically forced to have our inedibles packed (alas we don't have a dog we want to kill) and then presented with a check. Don't think I've ever had that happen especially for a meal costing over $300...
I went there last night and booked a table for 3. There were 3 instances that left us disappointed: 1. The serving staff did not ask if we would like warm or cold water. They served us 3 glasses of warm water and we had to ask them to change 2 glasses to cold water. 2. We ordered 2 mesclun salad and 1 kang kong. The salad came but not the kang kong. There was no apology when I pointed out I did not get the kang kong. The waiter just quietly took the bill and had it corrected. 3. The grilled baby squid came but the condiments came only after the dish was almost finished. The barramundi, littleneck clams, and salad were good. Baby squid so so. For food I'd rate the place 71%, but service 35%. I spent $180 in all and I don't think it was well spent.