The buzz: A six-week-old restaurant in the ever-popular Robertson Quay area that serves up hearty, home-style fare that’s all about unfussy, comforting eats. If you were wondering about the name, the inspiration is chef-owner Bouk’s mom. (It’s her maiden name.)
The vibe: It may be located at Robertson Walk, but the fact that it’s tucked away on the second floor keeps it hidden from prying eyes. It’s a minimal yet cozy space, so it’d make for a good first date spot or just an easy meal with friends.
The food: Brace yourself for a plethora of Western offerings, such as smoked duck quesadilla ($26), a namesake beef burger with Applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes and greens in a house-made bun ($24) and Prawn Pavarotti—sherry cream tossed farfalle, hot peppers, spinach and tomatoes with prosciutto-wrapped prawns ($35), as well as poutine with a variety of toppings ($11 upwards). Purists might balk at anything but the traditional recipe of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and smothered in gravy, but we daresay the Montreal ($19) is a delicious variation of skin-on, hand-cut fries with roasted mushrooms, foie gras and rich jus, topped with grated Emmental cheese.
The drinks: Aside from beers like Titje and Warsteiner on tap ($8 upwards), they also do cocktails including 3G—St. Germain elderflower liqueur, gin and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur ($25) and Kumquatroska—fresh kumquats muddled with vodka and brown sugar ($14).
Why you’ll be back: Having recently started their lunch service two weeks ago, they’ll also be introducing brunch this weekend. Even if you’re not Canadian, you’ll appreciate the poutine (who doesn’t love fries?) and laidback vibe.
Robertson Quay is teeming with restaurants, and while it seems like the last thing they need is yet another, we’re pleased with recent addition Hummerstons. It’s not located along the quay, but its saving grace is that it’s tucked away on the second floor; so you do get a little privacy, which is exactly what you’ll be looking for if you’re on the all-important first date. As far as ambiance goes, it’s a casual, relaxed space that’s not terribly fussed over, which put us instantly at ease.
The menu echoes that sentiment, with comfort food like burgers, pastas and truffle fries. We spotted a handful of poutine dishes (from $11), and figured we liked the sound of the Montreal ($19)—a deviation from the classic with skin-on, hand-cut fries topped with roasted mushrooms, pan-seared foie gras, grated Emmental cheese and gravy. We’re not Canadians, so we didn’t mind that they hadn’t used cheese curds, and found it to be quite a satisfying bite. It’s a rich and heavy dish mind, so share appropriately.
Our friendly server suggested the smoked duck quesadilla ($26), a signature item of theirs. He was right on the money; a tantalizing combination of sweet and savory, all four pieces disappeared quickly. One of their blackboard specials, sambal chicken pasta ($22) also caught our eye. It turned out to be a generous portion of spaghetti in a mildly spicy cream sauce, with tender chunks of chicken. We reckon they should give some serious thought to putting that on the permanent menu.
After chowing down on these hearty eats, we settled on a scoop of their homemade watermelon ice cream ($6). More like sherbert than an ice cream, it was incredibly refreshing and made for the perfect end to a very good experience. If you’re looking for a laidback spot with easy, dependable fare, this is just the ticket.
Have you tried the pumpkin cheesecake at Hummerstons? It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2011).
|Address:||Hummerstons, #02-14 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., Singapore, Singapore|
|Open since:||May, 2011|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri noon-midnight; Sat-Sun 10am-midnight|
|Nearest train||Clarke Quay|
|Parking available: on street|
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