Brown Sugar

Owned by the Yuan Oeij, Brown Sugar is a quaint dining space that may be a little hard to find for first-timers. Our first thought upon reaching the place was that Brown Sugar could achieve more in terms of its décor to distinguish itself. Right now, fake candle lights and stars hanging down from its ceiling don’t blend in very well with its more stylish furniture. Still, this place is unassuming and modest—good if you want a quiet and casual meal, and perhaps that’s precisely what Brown Sugar is trying to achieve. The wait staff are helpful, with the manager being particularly cheerful and obliging, but there’s nothing really outstanding about the food items. The lobster bisque ($12), as a starter, was creamy but we wish the fish and chips ($17) had been more filling and less oily and the boneless chicken leg with spaghetti puttanesca ($19) had more sauce. Light and sweet, the earl grey lavaender crème brulee ($10) is one of the better desserts. If average fare and décor is what you’re willing to settle for, this simple eatery won’t disappoint. But hopefully, Brown Sugar will have more to offer in the future.