17 Dec 2013 • 135 reviews • 4 followers
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Formerly known as Pamplemousse Bistro and Bar, Pidgin Kitchen & Bar- the newest addition to Dempsey Road is all about putting a creative spin on popular Southeast Asian local favorites and transforming them into unique original creations. This bold and ingenious concept by restaurateurs Adrian Ling and Cleo Chiang-Ling, takes your palate on an exciting journey of exploring familiar flavors that are presented in a whole new way. I personally enjoyed my tasting experience so much that I immediately made a reservation for a family dinner that same Friday night but was told that it was fully booked already.
The 1500 sqft space seats 56 pax both indoors and outdoors comfortably and oozes 'industrial-chic' appeal with its concrete wall features and parquet flooring.
Inspired by the well-loved fish paste banana leaf snack Otak-Otak
, these Crab Otak Croquettes $12++
are instead snugly packed with chunks of crabmeat mixed in a concoction of rempeh
spice paste and coconut milk that lends a creamy bite against the crisp deep fried skin, complimented further by a chye poh
remoulade sauce which sends you on an umami rush that was simply addictive. Must try.
Although the hawker favorite Wonton Mee is the supposed inspiration for this Lobster Wonton Capellini $26++
, dont order this expecting something similar, because from the way the noodles are prepared, to the chorizo slices and lobster stuffed fried wontons, the flavors were more subtle, fragrant and intriguing. I actually really did like this a lot despite detractors who may be missing that lack of spicy kick.
No soup in this Bak Kut Teh though no less appealing, Pidgin's Pork Bone Tea $24++
presents a deconstructed version with two premium slices of pork ribs marinated American style with tea-smoked beef bone marrow served in a peppery garlic jus. Tender succulent meat with a fragrant smokey flavor that was delightful.
For desserts, I strongly recommend the "Milo Dinosaur" Version 2.1 $15++
served on a plate instead of a mug but flavorful nonetheless. Chocoholics and Milo fans will be in for a treat as the deconstructed rendition charms with the intense 72% Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake and a scoop of Milo Ice Cream with its malty Milo Streusel bits.
Chef Adrian Ling's playful imagination and intriguing concepts with Southeast Asian cuisine certainly amazes and impresses. I for one am looking forward to my next visit. And yes, I made sure my reservation was made at least one week in advance. Pay a visit to Pidgin Kitchen & Bar as well! I am sure you too will enjoy the novelty.