[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]magine being transported to a cafe in Sydney, and tucking into fresh yet substantial meals along with the perfect cup of coffee. You can do just that at Fynn’s, a casual modern Australian restaurant at the South Beach development next to JW Marriott Hotel Singapore. The all day dining menu offers hearty salads such as crispy kale with granola, ricotta, garlic croutons and a drizzling of pomegranate vinaigrette; pita stuffed with pulled chicken, hummus, and cranberries; and grilled chicken partnered with wild fried rice with edamame, snow peas, egg, and pickled vegetables.
For weekend brunch, tuck into Fynn’s Chia Seed Pudding with pineapples, granola and gula melaka; fluffy vanilla hot cakes with coconut butter and berry compote; or corn fritters with poached egg, bacon, sautéed spinach, grilled tomatoes and jalapeño jam. Coffee is brewed by the folks from Common Man Coffee. Fynn’s also offers a range of lactose, gluten-free or vegetarian options.
26 Beach Road #B1-21, South Beach Avenue, Singapore 189768. Tel: 6384 1878. www.fynnsrestaurant.com
Alati’s Greek menu focuses on fresh seafood cooked various styles and with a light touch. Co-founder and general manager Leong Khai Git sources for the freshest produce from Greece, and ensures that seafood is flown directly into Singapore the moment they are caught off the fishing ports of Chalkida and Thessaloniki. Everything including honey, and Kalamata olives are sourced from Greece. Athens-native executive chef Ioannis Stefanopoulos, who helms the kitchen here, makes some of the items in-house.
Choose from a selection of fresh whole fish, such as seabass or seabream, and have it grilled with ladolemono, a traditional emulsion of lemon and olive oil, or simply enjoy it salt baked. Other dishes to savour include the classic shrimp saganaki, a baked dish of plump tiger prawns in a chunky tomato and feta stew, jazzed up with aromatic Ouzo, and squid stuffed with a robust filling of feta, dill, spinach, and parsley, and grilled over a charcoal fire. Also try the grilled Greek octopus brightened up with vinegared onions and confit tomatoes. Finish off with Loukomades, donut fritters topped with toasted walnuts and a cinnamon, and dipped in Greek honey and chocolate.
73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892. Tel: 6221 6124. www.alati.sg
Located in the lush Rochester Park, Nosh houses a restaurant, bar and casual bistro in a historic colonial black and white house. Greenhouse, its al fresco dining area, is located on a verandah and surrounded by greenery. Greenhouse’s food offerings showcase an array of globally inspired cuisines. Share a series of small plates such as lightly battered tempura soft shell crab accompanied with red coconut curry, and topped with popped wild rice and toasted coconut sambal flakes; or the rich Ibérico jowl coated with a sweet and savoury sticky stout glaze and served with pickled kimchi-apple. For mains, feast on locally sourced pan-roasted barramundi served with fragrant coconut-tamarind velouté and taro chips. Or hearty lamb shank méchoui that comes with a generous serving of sweet potato ragout, pearl couscous and spiced pistachio dukkah. There’s also the homemade thyme ricotta livened up with zesty lemon confit, fresh pomegranate, hazelnuts and crisp crostini chips. Weekend brunch is available too.
9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139223. Tel: 97555015. www.nosh.com.sg