Coriander Leaf (Chijmes)
The famed Asian restaurant is back with small plates inspired by different regions.
The long-famed pan-Asian small plates restaurant by Samia Ahad moved to a dramatic space in the revamped heritage building. The menu is cleverly divided into five flavor profiles including fresh, familiar, spicy, umami and sweet, which feature dishes like Nepalese minced chicken momo dumpling, roasted tomato relish, sichuan pepper, and soft shell crab with salted duck egg yolk sauce and curry leaves. The restaurant also has an extensive list of regional whiskies, craft beers, sakes and umeshu.
The buzz: After a short hiatus following the Clarke Quay closure, this mini institution is back in a sexier space that dishes out on-trend small plates with a mix of Indian and Southeast Asian flavors.
The vibe: The dim but buzzing space is flanked with murals of geishas and Bengal tigers in addition to the dark wooden screens above the action-packed open kitchen. The plush seats also add to the allure of the otherwise cavernous space tucked away on the second floor of Chijmes.
The food: Moving away from the predominantly Indian-influenced dishes found at the old Clarke Quay restaurant, this one's all about small sharing plates with more emphasis on Southeast Asian flavors. The menu is divided into five categories: fresh, familiar, spicy, umami and sweet. Plates include the refreshing roast duck rice noodle salad ($12) with crunchy mint and coriander leaves; a grilled eggplant "lasagne" ($12) and an open bao stuffed with braised beef brisket and kimchi ($14). Don't miss the toothsome soft shell crab with salted duck egg yolk ($16) and the Nepalese chicken momo dumplings ($10) that come bursting with a peppery dipping sauce. While the oven-roasted kecap manis beef ($35) is perfectly seasoned, we found the beef a bit sinewy on our last visit. Same with the spicy wok-fried prawns ($25): great, deep flavors but a bit of a sandy texture.
The drinks: An extensive list of predominantly Asian alcohol—sake, umeshu and whiskey—on top of a varied wine list.
Why you'll be back: It's a sexy space pushing out sexy small plates that's finally not Spanish/Italian/modern European.
|Address:||Coriander Leaf (Chijmes), #02-01 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St., Singapore, 187996 Singapore|
|Open since:||June, 2015|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 6-11pm|
|Nearest train||City Hall|
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