The Place Located at top of Asia Square Tower 2, Cook & Brew at Westin Singapore gives you a stunning view of the Marina Bay Singapore. Have previously been here for drinks, the front part of the restaurant adopts a more chillax vibe with high tables and comfy sofa seats, with an outdoor balcony for you to soak in the high-rise atmosphere – or that occasional puff for the smokers. Going further down the restaurant, you will find yourself in the dining section.
Done with dim lights, and good distance between tables, this is a place for that private chats after work, or even an ideal location for a more casual business lunch. Do all these, with the Singapore skyline as the backdrop, and you are already impressing your dining partners.
The Food Cook & Brew has introduced their Dinner Set Menu recently, to compliment their excellent list of bar drinks. With a 3-course at $55++, you get a good selection of a Starter, Main Course and Dessert.
On their starters, you get a choice between their Soup of the Day, Rocket Salad, Crispy Artichoke Hearts and the Heirloom Tomatoes & Plums. If you are a fan of cheese, then the Heirloom Tomatoes & Plums option will be the obvious choice. Similar for the Artichoke fans out there – although this ain’t or my liking, my dining partner gave this high points. As for me, I will almost always pick the soup option in a set menu, not less during a rainy day during my visit to Cook & Brew. Their Soup of the Day was Cream of Cauliflower, with a daily change in the selection, you might be able to savour my favourite French Onion Soup if you are lucky!
As for the mains, you get a choice of Chicken (The Chicken Parm), Pasta & Lamb (Pappardelle Paste & Spicy Lamb Sausage), Fish (Black Cod) and a vegetarian option (Potato & Smoked Cheddar Perogies). I will strongly encourage you to go for the Black Cod ($36 ala carte), this being the most bang for the buck option in the set menu and definitely also one of my favourite – cod fish. Done simply with roasted sweet pepper, pimento and complete with thyme, the jus went refreshingly well with the fish; with the mains complete with a small serving of black mussels as well.
On to the desserts, without a doubt, I will implore you to go for the Bailey’s Cake unless you are alcohol-intolerant. To which, you can make a selection between the Home-made Raspberries Chocolate Layers Cake or a pick of 2 Scoops of Ice Cream (Rum and Raisin, Coffee and Whiskey and Vanilla). The Bailey’s Cake ($13 ala carte) comes with a scoop of the Coffee and Whiskey ice cream, and frankly would have been much better if the cake was served warm. Having said that, the cake packs much of a punch, going well with the coffee ice cream. The serving meant for one, feeds two; so do share your desserts, don’t indulge.
Of course, with the appetite of a panda, we had to give some of their other sides a try. Go for the Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta ($14) and the Pork Nuggets ($10), both are amongst my favourites for sides that evening.
Rants The lights are a tad too dim, probably good to turn up a lights a little? And yes, it didn’t make photo taking any easy that night – not that it should matter if you are here to chill though!
Will I Return Again? The vibes up at Westin Singapore works perfect for the dinner after work, and away from the usually overcrowded restaurants and bars at the ground floor of Asia Square. While I wouldn’t say the set meals are at a steal, the ambience will be worthy of the price tag. And yes, their extensive drinks menu makes the evening even better.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Cook & Brew
The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View, Level 33
Asia Square Tower 2
Tel: +65 6922 6948
Monday to Thursday 11am to 12midnight
Friday 11am to 1am
Saturday 5pm to 12midnight
Closed on Sunday
Ranted by The Rantee