Keong Saik Snacks
These days, fine dining is a little out of vogue. Tapas is the new catch phrase, along with small plates, gourmet "snacks"... you get the drift. I don't know about you but I'm pretty thrilled - to loosen my ties (figuratively speaking, of course), laugh without a care, and still tuck into decidedly gourmet fare - it's so liberating.
Chilli Garlic Fries, $6, Iberico Ham and Manchego Cheese Toastie, $18
I've been to Keong Saik Snacks twice now. Dinner's a little more intimate (with the doors closed), lunch, a little more laidback. Prices are the same (yes!) so dinner makes more sense if your lunch hours aren't so ideal. Food here is constructed with cool kids from the super market (no need to venture to the farmer's market) - think iberico ham (not jamon iberico bellota, but still tasty), chorizo franks, raw tuna, bone marrow, etc. The Garlic Chilli Fries may not sound like a stud, but came across surprisingly tasty - not spicy by Asian standards, but addictive enough that we couldn't stop reaching for it. I really enjoyed the Iberico Ham and Manchego Cheese Toastie as well, simply because the toast itself is so crisp on the outside, and almost crumbly beneath the crust - tasted like brioche, which I love. And of course, the ham and cheese centre is delicious. It gets a little too rich after a while so if you have company I'd recommend getting this and other mains to share.
Jason's Very Hot Dog, $19
On my first visit, I had the Lobster Roll with Spiced Mayo and Iceberg Lettuce, $18 - it was delicious in its own right - firm lobster chunks tossed in mayo laid out on a lightly grilled bun. Honestly, at this price point, I simply can't bring myself to sulk about the quantity of lobster meat thrown in. The same chow is $28 a pop at Club Street Social and $45 at Luke's, period. Jason's Very Hot Dog sported a great chorizo frank, but the toppings didn't exactly steal my heart - the guacamole was a tad bland and the chilli too mild to live up to its name. The shallots were a nice touch, though. It's tasty alright, but something I can put together pretty easily at home.
I do like the concept of Keong Saik Snacks, and most of what they've put together sounds completely delicious to me. For one, being the oyster sucker that I am, I do want to try their Fish and Oysters (though frankly what I've read across the web doesn't bode well), Barbequed Pork Ribs (which apparently is fall-off-the-bone tender), Kimchi Burger (though the kimchi and burger actually comes separate) and Grilled Bone Marrow (sounds way cool but I'm a little squeamish about this one, I'll admit). Food here is tasty across the board but greasy, make no mistake - not for the health conscious but perfect for the occasional comfort grub indulgence.
Recommendations: Garlic Chilli Fries, Iberico Ham and Manchego Cheese Toastie, Lobster Roll with Spiced Mayo and Iceberg Lettuce, and Jason's Very Hot Dog
Keong Saik Snacks
49 Keong Saik Road
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