If you've been hanging around on this space for some time now, you'd know that I have a major sweet tooth - meaning that it's granola or toast over eggs ben. Hands down. I am immune to the power of #yolkporn.
But it seems that in recent days, the good folks behind Lazy Susan have changed my mind.
Lazy Susan is a new pop-up dining concept wherein good ol' local fare is reinterpreted by global chefs to bring about an experience fused with asian and western influences, from the menu down to the dim-sum style lazy susan. This whole idea is brought about by the f&b geniuses - none other than the Spa Esprit Group. (which was why I was squealing like a fan girl upon reading their invitation to this tasting) They believe that this culinary endeavor has the potential to expand to other major cities e.g. London, NYC, etc. by serving local cuisine with an asian twist.
Dishes served here come in sharing plates, meaning that you get to choose from a wide variety of differing flavors, which surprisingly enough, featured quite a large amount of vegetables as well as some vegetarian/vegan dishes. If you ever feel conflicted over what to order, the staff would gladly provide advice and recommendations. H and I ordered five dishes and mocktails, eventually emerging from the restaurant feeling very full.
Here's what we ordered:
Wing Bean Toast: tiong bahru bakery's sourdough topped with generous amounts of mozzarella, wing beans and their XOXO sauce and hibiscus leaves, which gave the dish a saltish taste that we enjoyed.
Tempeh Bao: a soft steamed bao sandwiching a slice of tempeh with peanut sauce and cucumber, which completely reminded me of gado gado. I felt that the amount of tempeh could've been more, but the flavor sauce did compensate for that.
Stinky meets Crispy: as evidenced by it's name, the dish features a crisp rice flour waffle that isn't too heavy on the palette, har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) that emitted a strong aroma, a sunny-side up that does indeed achieve sufficient #yolkporn, and lastly, a mildly spicy sambal maple syrup to drench the waffle. This turned out to be H's favorite.
Luncheon Meat Croquettes: I was initially quite hesitant to order this, expecting the atypical deep-fried sesame-coated glutinous rice balls found at hawker centers, except filled with Spam. I couldn't have been more wrong. This turned out to be my favorite dish, with the crispness of quinoa on its outsides giving way to a soft insides of glutinous rice grains studded with luncheon meat, sichuan pickles and chinese chives, to be dipped in the accompanying sweet and sour sauce.
Like a Bibik: this dessert features a baked sago cake which was lightly sweetened and very much akin to a chinese version of the cheesecake, topped with gula meleka and pineapple chunks, of which flavors combine very nicely indeed.
Service and Atmosphere
I frequently gripe about how most diners in singapore don't deserve the 10% service charge, but THIS PLACE DOES. Service here is a solid 10/10 - I mean, this was like I was in new york again!! Servers coming up to ask how the meal was, offering recommendations for food pairings, endless refilling of water glasses etc. I'd give them major tips if this was the US.
The current pop-up is hosted at House@Dempsey, which has a nice quiet ambiance that doesn't rush you to finish your meal. The toilets here are really good too. Really.
I'd give the Lazy Susan dining concept 8-9 out of ten and my stamp of approval. It's the ideal spot for a slow meal for two over this holiday season. Reservations can be made via their site (www.lazysusansg.com) for sessions at House from 3rd--27th Dec and those at Open Door Policy at Tiong Bahru from 5th-24th January.
Many thanks to H for accompanying me to this event, as well as to Janet + the good folks from Lazy Susan for the wonderful experience.