SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Maca Restaurant

A contemporary restaurant that emphasizes communal dining with an Asian touch.

This modern restaurant at the cozy Tanglin Post Office serves innovative, contemporary and seasonal sharing plates of chargrilled baby octopus with smoked miso, prawn ceviche with black tomatoes and kombu, as well as pork with parsnips in apple cider sauce. Communal dining is the name of the game at this industrial space, complete with exposed pipes and faded chairs, which is all about the clean concrete lines and light wooden furniture. The restaurant also has a list of organic wines, sake and cocktails by the boys of Proof & Company.

 

The buzz: The folks behind Swiss Butchery open a contemporary European restaurant in the breezy Tanglin Post Office.

The vibe: The small space is kept contemporary with abstract swishes and origami sculptures adorning the walls. With a mandatory industrial-chic feel, complete with exposed pipes and concrete, it's made warmer with DIY hand-varnished chairs and a seamless outdoor terrace that's perfect for weekend drinks. 

The food: Simple and unpretentious with an emphasis on wood-smoked dishes. There's a sizable list of starters including the blistered padron peppers ($9), delicately smoked swordfish belly made fresh with avocado and yuzu ($18) and grilled calamari ($18) with cucumber and goat yogurt. The prawn ceviche ($18) with kombu and salt-baked beetroot ($17) with goat cheese and horseradish stand out for the simple and balanced use of super fresh ingredients. While you can load up on starters, save space for the slow-cooked Iberico pork collar ($36) and smoky lamb rump ($36) with a side of fluffy hasselback potatos ($10).

The drinks: You won't get a hangover here, with a list of organic wines like a Les Clos Perdus l'annee blanc ($18/glass; $90/bottle) and a tempranillo-grenache blend ($120/bottle) from South Africa's Ministry of Clouds. The five-drink cocktail list complements all dishes and are twists on classics like a white tea Negroni ($22) and the fruity Summer's Cup ($20), a twist on a Pimm's Cup, which we think should be everyone's replacement for a jug of sangria.

Why you'll be back: It's the perfect weekend retreat with simple dishes that let the freshness of the ingredients do the talking.

Venue Details
Address: Maca Restaurant, #B1-01 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Rd., Singapore, 247964 Singapore
Phone: 6463-8080
Website: www.macarestaurant.com
Area: Tanglin
Cuisine: Modern European
Open since: June, 2015
Opening hours: Mon 5-10pm; Wed 5-10pm; Thu 5-10pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 5-10pm; Sun 5-10pm, noon-4pm
Nearest trainOrchard
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