| Cheeky Cheeky |
Serving modern Australian cuisine, Cheek by Jowl (meaning: Side-by-Side) was started by chef Rishi Naleendra who now literally works side-by-side his wife, at the restaurant.
The ambience at Cheek by Jowl is very relaxed, with a modern vibe to it. It’s small & cosy with approximately 10 tables and a 6-seater bar counter indoors and a slightly bigger bar top table outdoors, perfect for after work happy hour cocktails.
They offer a set lunch menu, ranging from SGD$ 30-38 and an a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Vegetarian menus are available upon request as well. If your taste buds are feeling particularly excited, try the chef’s tasting menu at SGD $88 for 5 courses.
Starting off, we began with the Oysters & Smoked Tomato at SGD $5/piece. Yeah I know. It was well worth the 5 bucks with the smoked tomato granita being very very cold and refreshing, balancing well with the oysters flavour. As a snack, the Hasselback Potatoes with Chives & Sour Cream at SGD $10 were nice. Nothing spectacular – I mean, definitely not worth the extra carbs.
The Roasted Quail with Mushrooms, Mint & a Chestnut paste at SGD $24 was the third of our starters. I’d say it was good. Spongy soft quail & the mint gave it a very refreshing twist.
Moving on, we started our mains with the Barramundi at SGD $32. It was dressed in Leeks, Bonito Butter & Caramelised Onions. Being the signature dish at Cheek by Jowl, it was a must try. I have to say, it did not blow my mind. The fish was a little dry and just nothing very (I-just-paid-$32-for-a-dish) worthwhile about it.
Next, we inhaled the Confit Duck Leg at SGD $36, which was served with waffles, a Cucumber Salad and a Five Spice Caramel Sauce. THIS. BLEW. MY. MIND. It was hands down amazing. The duck was soft and not too tough, the spicy caramel sauce is something I would like to smother over everything I eat henceforth, and went very very well with them fluffy waffles :-).
I would have loved to try the Laksa Leaf Ice Cream with Coconuts, Pomelo & Green Chillis. How good does that sound?! Every Singaporeans dream in a dessert. Unfortunately, they had run out of it on a busy Saturday night, so it’ll have to wait till next time.
Address: 21 Boon Tat St, S(069620) | Tel: 6221 1911 | Opening Hours: 12-2:30 pm; 6-10pm.