The Place By the same team behind Maggie Joan’s, Moosehead has been around for close to 4 years where I find that the food is still impressive and relevant today. The Mediterranean restaurant along Telok Ayer Street introduced a new menu recently, though you can still pretty much expert the same global and street food inspirations and references on the dishes.
The Food There are some new dishes introduced to the dinner menu, while some old favourites like the cauliflower remains, where we managed to try most of the new dishes this time. We started with some of the small plates for sharing like the Burrata, zucchini, Thai basil pesto, curry leaves (S$21). The Italian burrata here is lightly seasoned with olive oil and pepper. I like that there is some mild hints of spice from the Thai basil pesto.
The Octopus, fried potato, red pepper puree, paprika (S$30) uses New Zealand octopus which is cooked sous-vide style, then grilled on binchotan briefly to give its outer layer some crisp. The texture of the octopus was just right for me, though this dish is not cheap admittedly.
I am always ready for eggs, hence the INKA fried eggs, chorizo, aioli, chives (S$12) does excite me.
One of the more Japanese influenced dish on the menu, the Fried artichokes, taramasalata, salmon roe, lemon (S$12) is akin to a tempura version of artichoke served with taramasalata and salmon roe. I can safely say this is quite addictive.
The other new Japanese influenced dish I tried was the Hokkaido scallop crudo, apple, yuzu, wasabi (S$21). The flavours are actually quite refreshing overall, all thanks to the yuzu and apple elements.
While not a new dish, I highly recommend the Cauliflower, garlic miso, leek confit (S$15), which made me view cauliflower in a different light. The INKA roasted cauliflower quarters is crunchy, very savoury and it just felt incredible that cauliflower could actually taste this way.
On to some of the new mains, the O’Connor beef sirloin 300 gms, mushroom ketchup, roast spring onions (S$62) is one of the more expensive dish on the menu. This is a good size to share between 2-3 persons. The Inka-grilled grass-fed Irish beef is served with a unique housemade mushroom ketchup sauce, and a succulent texture.
If you are a fan of lamb, go for the Grilled Lamb Chops, roast sugar snap peas, romesco (S$42). Similar to the beef, this shoulder rack of Australian lamb is also Inka-grilled. The texture of the lamb was quite tender and the taste wasn’t too gamy as well.
Save some space for desserts, it’s almost obligatory. I enjoyed the Chocolate mousse, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream (S$10), a rich chocolate flavour complemented well by the salted caramel sauce and the crunchy bits of chocolate soil and candied peanut clusters.
Alternatively, there’s the Banana ice cream, cookie crumble, toffee (S$10). I am not a big fan of banana desserts, hence my favourite elements here are the salted caramel foam, coffee cookie crumble and the 66% dark chocolate from cacaobarry.
Rants It’s an intimate space, where it can be noisy and dim in the evening. Not a bad thing, and it all depends on the occasion and company you are with.
Will I Return Again? Interesting dishes and flavours, despite my return visit. If you haven’t tried the food at Moosehead yet, it’s still not too late.
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Monday to Friday:
Lunch: 12 pm – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30 pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30 pm
Closed on Sundays
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