Saturday, July 9, 2016

Kite @ Craig Road, Singapore

Kite is the kind of restaurant that makes eating out a pleasurable experience, conjuring small plates & cocktails that combine intelligent know-how with imaginative whimsy - sure, some of the dishes here fare better than others, but the sense of experimentation is exuberantly infectious throughout. The restaurant proves there's more than one way to skin a chicken or pig, serving memorable starters like dried chicken skin with bourbon glaze & juniper or crispy pork skin with togarashi spices & lime mayo ($6 each). It also wins our heart by offering sweetbread, presented as fried nuggets in a creamy curry sauce ($12).

Asian influences abound - somen is thoroughly infused with lap cheong oil, the unmistakably pungent, sweet-salty flavour & fragrance of Chinese sausages permeating every strand, topped with prawns for extra dynamics in taste & dimensions of texture ($12). For meat, there's quail with barley, mushrooms & spiced jus ($16), pleasant but overshadowed by the potently succulent medium-rare Spanish black pig complemented with chestnuts, walnuts, apple & plum ($18). Cocktails (averaging $20) are also a should-order, with striking components like pandan vodka, cocoa nori syrup, red dates syrup & walnut bitters.

Kite Restaurant
53 Craig Road, Singapore. Tues-Fri, lunch & dinner; Sat-Sun, dinner. Tel: +65-9729-7988

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  1. Road in Singapore sounds familiar but I can't exactly put my finger on it. Love those colonial buildings and how they've preserved them and taken good care of them.

    1. Suituapui: yeah, the architecture here is gorgeous. and here's wikipedia to the rescue: Craig Road (Chinese: 克力路) is a road located in Tanjong Pagar within the Outram Planning Area in Singapore. The road links Neil Road and Tanjong Pagar Road, and is also accessible via Duxton Road. Craig Road was named after Captain James Craig, a member of the Merchant Service Guild and an officer of the Freemason's Zetland Lodge, a club. The road was the living quarters of Chinatown's poor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The road is known as gu chia chui kia in Hokkien, which means "side of Kreta Ayer".

  2. There are so many interesting restaurants in Singapore. I love exploring something new every time I visit.

    1. The Yum List: that's true - one could spend an entire month in sg and only scratch the surface of what to eat there :)

  3. I have soft spot from crispy skin, be it pork, chicken or even fish :P

    1. Choi Yen: true, I also enjoy munching on crispy skin as a snack ;)