Wine & Chef – Incredible Hokkien Food with an Italian Spin (Wow!)
Cooking up a Hokkien-Italian feast on Keong Saik Road is Wine & Chef, the newest kid on the block. It might sound like an atas fine dining restaurant, but it is in actual fact, a down-to-earth and homely restaurant that wishes to delight all its guests. Who knew that local Hokkien dishes can look and taste so exquisite, after a sprinkle of Italian magic dust?
We were craving for something refreshing to start, and thus, our eyes were set on the Salmon Carpaccio Salad ($18). The dish is actually prepared to resemble a louhei. After the staff blesses the island of ingredients with a shower of sesame dressing, you can toss away happily! Nodding our heads in approval, we all agreed that every bite was pleasant. I particularly enjoyed the wakame seaweed due to its slight sweetness and crunch. In addition, the fresh soy-cured salmon slices lifted the whole flavour profile.
One of the recommendations by the staff was the Tofu & Century Egg ($6). I ain’t the greatest fan of century egg, but it turned out to be egg-cellent! The century egg sauce was very creamy, which complemented the light handmade egg tofu. The crispy “Pok Cui”crackers, silky tofu and jelly-like century egg white made a captivating combination.
The Crab Meat “Hokkien Mee” ($26) is supposedly a popular dish at Wine & Chef. On the first slurp, the taste of the sweet shellfish broth, which has been soaked up by the linguine, explodes in your mouth. Dive deeper to fish out tiger prawns, mussels and blue swimmer crabmeat – literally the epitome of seafood goodness. In addition, pork lard and pork belly were also thrown in to enhance the traditional “Hokkien Mee” taste. I would suggest sharing this dish with a few friends, as the one-dimensional richness might end up being too jelat for some.
The Curry Pork Knuckle ($20) is an unexpected rendition of this German favourite. It might look a little unappetising, but don’t let that turn you away. The homemade Nyonya Curry was more sweet than spicy, going hand in hand with the salty meat.
The richness of the dishes here might be too much for some. However, with the neutralising tangy acar, you can keep going. The acar here is made with fresh ingredients to preserve its invigorating taste.
I’ve heard some good things about this restaurant, and I’m so glad to have tried it myself. Surprise yourself and your loved ones with some fusion Hokkien dishes and exquisite wine. Did I mention that their wine sells at only $6 a glass?! Cheers to that!
Wine & Chef
Address: 7 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089115
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-11pm
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at Wine & Chef featured here.
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