At Gastrosmiths, amidst de rigueur pop-industrial decor, you can tuck into an astonishingly wide array of small plates, rice bowls, specialty noodle dishes, and claypot dishes, each shot through with modern European, Japanese, and Singapore touches. The Irish Lamb claypot, for instance, comes braised in ale and served with root vegetables, hints of saffron, and free-flow bread, the perfect winter dish for air-conditioned Singapore. Then there’s their famous Hokubee Beef Bowl featuring tender Japanese beef with a tender onsen egg on rice, topped with generous lashings of savoury furikake.
The small plates here are the best reason to come, especially with friends so you can sample the whole array. Bright-flavoured Lisbon Sardines come wrapped in parcels of sweet napa cabbage, Grilled Anago Sea Eel is paired with onsen Eggs and zingy pickles, and Koji-marinated Spanish Pork Neck is paired with tangy roasted grapes. A meal like this seems lifted straight off the trendy streets of London or New York, but housed in the earthy neighbourhood vibes of Katong, one of the best food experiences the city offers.
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