The Place Located along Club Street, Izy Fook is a relaunched concept between Izy Dining and Bar and Roast Paradise. I really like the Char Siew from Roast Paradise at Old Airport Road, so I was quite excited to check out this brand new collaboration and concept. The space is separated into the bar space at the front, while the back of shophouse is a sleek and contemporary dining space. The interior tones are pretty dark, which adds to the sophisticated vibe.
The Food The menu is a take on Izakaya, with local dishes taking the spotlight as well. I started with the addictive White Bait (S$8) with XO chilli dip, where the crispy fish goes well with beer or cocktail.
Another starter to consider is the Amber Jack Ceviche (S$18). This dish is quite a surprise for me as the dressing is spicy, all thanks to the spicy kampung dressing. There is also a tinge of citrusy flavour from the calamansi. Order this if you miss your sashimi.
Bar bites is incomplete without chicken Karaage (S$12/3 pieces). These pop-size bits are juicy!
Another good starter I tried was the Cereal Soft Shell Prawns (S$24/4pieces), fried to a nice golden brown texture with chilli aioli and fried curry leaf. I like the crunchy texture, and the fact that the prawn requires no peeling.
On to the highlights, the meats are really what I was looking forward to. For those who are familiar with Roast Paradise, expect an equally fatty and succulent Char Siu. The Char Siu (S$40/large) platter comes with a mix of lean and fatty meat, although I feel that the lean meat cut is very fatty as well. Not that I am complaining, but I probably exceeded my threshold for fatty meat for the meat. Worth the calories.
The other signature meat is the Roast Pork (S$40/large), which comes in a crispy crackling skin. The Sio Bak is competently done, where the meat is tender and juicy. That said, I feel that the Char Siu steals its thunder completely.
Roast pork aside, I also enjoyed the Wagyu 2GR Oyster Blade (S$135/500g). While the beef is not the most fatty cut, it is no doubt succulent and rich in flavour. I really like this dish.
If there is a dish which caught me by surprise, it is the Superior Prawn Mee Pok (S$19). This ‘atas’ Mee Pok is a tribute to the local hawker noodle, and the noodles spot an al dente texture and is very flavourful. The accompanying ingredients are luxe, with the likes of tiger prawn, pork, lap cheung, Sakura ebi and egg. The portion is quite big, and is good for sharing.
For some Japanese inspired dishes, the Steamed Clams in Dashi (S$34/large) can’t go very wrong. The dashi broth here with scallion and coriander is rich and is a tad spicy, which is targeted at the local palate. Clams are fresh, without a doubt.
Another sharing dish to consider is the Wagyu Truffle Don (S$58/large), where you get slices of wagyu beef, truffle shavings and egg served with nanatsuboshi rice. Not much of a surprise element for me from this dish as compared to the rest, so order it only if you still have space.
Dessert options are limited at Izy Fook, which are clearly not the highlights. I tried both the Spices Chocolate (S$10) and Houjicha Catalana (S$10).
Rants The restaurant is more suited for groups rather than couples, going by the type of dishes and price points.
Will I Return Again? Hearty dishes and rich flavours for the food at Izy Fook, which is a great addition to the buzzing Club Street and Telok Ayer enclave which seemingly lack a strong local food driven restaurant and bar concept. I would gladly be back for the meats.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
27 Club Street
Tel: +65 9678 0027
Monday to Friday: 12pm to 2pm, 5pm to 10pm
Saturday: 12pm to 2pm, 5pm to 12am
Ranted by The Ranter