The Place Going nude expands at Marina One with Nude Chill, the adjacent sister brand of Nude Grill. As compared to Nude Grill, Nude Chill has a more casual setting and a small seating capacity, which is more suited for bar snacks and pre-dinner drinks. That said, it started serving a full lunch and dinner menu, where diners get the option to order from either Nude Chill or Grill menus.
The Food Even though Marina One is pretty much an isolated building for now, there are some good dining options like Majestic Restaurant and Wakanui, and I am glad that Nude Chill provides another worthy option for the working audience here.
I headed down for lunch, and tried a couple of lunch items from both Nude Chill and Grill. I will recommend sharing it with a group of friends or colleagues as the dishes are pretty diverse. Starting with the dishes from Nude Grill, the Japanese Wagyu Don (S$38) should easily be a crowd’s favourite. Served with A4 Kagoshima kuroge wagyu, onsen egg, pickled jicama, shibazuke, wasabi, nikiri, furikake and Niigata sushi rice, the wagyu beef does not belong to the exceedingly fatty range and it does taste more like lean meat. That said, I enjoyed it with less guilt, with a noteworthy mention to the delicious Niigata rice as well.
A more westernised option will be the Steak Frites (S$23), served with New Zealand bavette steak, sunny side up, steak fries, french beans and red wine shallot sauce. This is quite good value for steak, with a generous serving of fries.
If you are looking for a vegetarian option, the Portobello & Udon (S$19) is as Japanese as it sounds. Huge chunks of grilled portobello mushrooms are mixed with the inaniwa udon here in a olive vegetable shitake broth, along with bamboo shoots, pickled jicama, scallion, and tare.
Over to the dishes on Nude Chill’s menu, I love the Nudie Fried Chicken (S$18.9). Pretty sinful for lunch, but it sounds like the perfect post Virgin gym workout for me. For its price, the huge half chicken serving comes with crispy fried skin, where the chicken itself is very succulent. If that is not enough, it also comes with two sides – ponzu coleslaw with raisins and aromatic butter rice.
The other meaty dish I had is the Red Wagyu Balls (S$24.50), which uses pure A4 Kagoshima Wagyu meatballs cooked in spaghetti and Vietnamese tomato ragu. This dish is quite hearty on its own, and the quality of the Wagyu balls surprised me as it is not at all rough in terms of texture and flavour.
Rants No reservations are accepted at Nude Chill, which only means to drop your work early and head down earlier to ‘chope’ seats.
Will I Return Again? As a casual dining concept, Nude Chill is a good option for those who work in the Marina One vicinity. As compared to many other restaurants in CBD, the prices are relatively reasonable for the quality of the food.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
5 Straits View #01-23
Tel: +65 6581 9306
Monday to Friday: 8am to 11pm
Closed on weekends
Ranted by The Ranter