Matt Whittingh •
21 Jan 2015
So first time to this Singaporean restaurant that's been around a few years now, and about which we've heard great things.
It's a ittle off the beaten track, on Upper Wilkie road, although you can get there from Little India MRT, and then a ten minute walk. The restaurant is part of the Hangout hotel, which is a boutique hotel, with a fresh modern interior.
The set menu we tried, the Rocket Set, was at time of writing, an absolute dining bargain at $55. For this you get five courses, most of which are a fusion of Italian meets Singapore and SEA flavours. So we had for example, spaghetti with Harji dried shrimp, Quail with a Tom Kha sauce and black rice, and Canelloni made with pork ragout and a Tau Yew Bah soy sauce. All of these were executed to a very high standard of ingredients and presentation, and some very interesting flavour combinations.
Our only suggestion on how to improve, would be to give the diners more description on the origin of the dishes, and some of the history. For example, until we asked, we had no idea of what Tau Yew Bay is (a kind of Soy sauce), and as it's this fusion of local flavours and history that makes Wild Rocket interesting, I think they should play this up more.
We took some friends new to Singapore to it, and it's a great place to try some Singaporean inspired food before getting down to real stuff in the Hawker centres.