The Place Opened slightly over a month, CreatureS is one of those restaurants along Desker Road which you will take a second look. What lies beneath the bold black exterior of the two-storey shophouse is a cosy and beautifully designed space, with level one spotting a clean and bright look while the second level boasts a much more intimate and private ambience.
The Food Innovative Asian fusion is how I will describe the food after trying some of its dishes, while it also strike me that the cuisine leans towards mod-sin fusion as well, with its play of some all-familiar local Singapore ingredients. It is always heartening to learn that no MSG is added to the food here, which surprisingly does not render the dishes any less tasty.
Cafe Latte ($7) for a start always makes my day.
We started off with the Pumpkin Soup and You Tiao ($12) as I thought that it was an interesting fusion of the soup with such a local hawker snack. The thick pumpkin soup could really fill up my appetite given its huge portions, glad that I was sharing it. It was definitely interesting to dip the fried You Tiao along with the soup, probably something I will try at home meals soon!
From the sharing platter, the Prawn and Pork Buah Keluak on Prata ($15) is something I highly recommend for any lovers of this black Peranankan paste. I am used to having Buah Keluak from the black nut shell, hence the notion of smearing it on Indian roti is undoubtedly a novel one for me. The strong bluah keluak flavour did not mask the taste of the crispy roti, but it complimented so well that such that it rivals that of Spanish tapas.
For mains, I chose the Miso Cod and Ulam Onigiri ($30) as I was curious about the unique pairing. The oven-roasted miso cod and belachan assam herb rice balls, accompanied by cucumber salad in plum sauce and calamansi juice dressing, tasted like two different dishes altogether. The miso cod was pedestrian at best, as I find its flavour slightly singular and bland. As for the Japanese-inspired onigiri, it was a mismatch with the cod fish as both ingredients did not compliment each other.
Rants Not a cheap place for sure, going by the average price of the soups and sides ($12 onwards) and desserts going from $10 onwards. That said, you are paying for the quality ingredients, creative mains and some really cosy environment.
Will I Return Again? The dishes at CreatureS are definitely an interesting lot and well-thought concept, to say the least. If you love fusion cuisine, especially one with local flavours, this may be a nice place to bring your folks for a different dining experience. Otherwise, while the food did not blow my mind, it is no doubt a cosy and beautiful restaurant to have a meal in the Jalan Besar estate.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
120 Desker Road
Tel: +65 6291 6996
Tues to Thurs: 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Fri to Sun: 12pm – 11.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter