Alter Ego

Leave your diets at the door. Opened by the same sibling duo that brought you A Poke Theory, the evil sister outlet Alter Ego takes on the same industrial-chic concept and gives it a darker twist on all fronts. As the moniker suggests, this 74-seater establishment on the first floor of the Esplanade Mall facing the Marina Bay waterfront serves unapologetic greasy grub for patrons to unwind from an otherwise hectic day.

Swing by during the day and you’ll be served similar offerings to A Poke Theory, with their famed smoothie bowls and highly Instagrammable (and delicious) Hawaiian poke bowls they’ve become known for on Boon Tat Street. But by dusk, the restaurant does a complete 180 and takes on a darker persona as the menu dishes out sinful grubs such as their tater tots ($13), which is loaded with jalapeno cheese sauce, maple-glazed bacon and sour cream; their chilli cheese hotdog ($14) that’s topped with a sweet & spicy house-made beef mince, sour cream and gooey cheddar cheese; and their pork ribs ($16), which gets a generous coating of salted yolk sauce. Don’t forget to try their Poke & Chips as they turn their special poke offerings into dips you can eat with crunchy tortilla chips. For those who have a sweet tooth, their desserts are equally as indulgent: including their lemon pie ($11) which is filled with a tangy lemon cream served with a dollop of whipped cream.

Their cocktail selection might be limited but it has its classics such as their frozen daiquiri, mojito and gin and tonic, and not forgetting their poison of the month which can be requested to the servers, alongside entry-level craft beers. You can also opt for their teas if you want to detox after gorging on their diet-busting fare.