No Menu Bar
Affordable Italian dishes like homemade sausage with spicy tomato ($10) and stuffed capsicum ($10) as well as a Chinese mixed rice selection (from $5) are available at this casual eatery by respected Italian restaurant man Osvaldo Forlino.
This is No Menu restaurant's more casual outpost, and the first clear indicator of its status is the service—it comes across as too-familiar, an affected show of Italian hospitality, without actually being helpful or prompt.
But if you can get past that, No Menu Bar's gussied-up kopitiam setting is genuinely charming—they don't try to be posh or precious or sexy—which makes this a brilliant place for alfresco wine chugging while watching the world go by. (House wines served in carafes that go up to a liter.)
That doesn't mean you can rely on them for bar grub, though. Some of the tapas dishes are pretty slapdash—gorgonzola-smeared celery sticks ($14), canned tuna on toast ($14)—and even no-fail fare like calamari ($24) and four-cheese pizza ($26) were underwhelming. Meats are more interesting, because they don't play it safe. The homemade sausage ($14) and cold cuts ($25) were unapologetically meaty and barnyard-funky—at this point you find out if you're really a carnivore. But the true standout is their sea urchin spaghetti ($29), a truly sublime plate of carbs with a hard-to-describe, crack-like flavor that's not unlike really good wok hei.
Still, at these prices, you're better off dining at a proper sit-down place with decent service and more thoughtful plates.
|Address:||No Menu Bar, 7 Boon Tat St., Singapore, 069621 Singapore|
|Open since:||September, 2013|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Mon-Sat 6-9:15pm|
|Nearest train||Telok Ayer|
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