The Place Opened since the beginning of this year, Relish at Frasers Tower is Chef Willin Low’s newest dining concept since Wild Rocket closed regrettably last year. The space transforms into Roketto Izakaya, a Mod-Sin casual dining bar concept every evening from Tuesdays to Saturdays, featuring Modern Singaporean small bites and sharing plates. The space of Relish/Roketto Izakaya is contemporary with bits of Japanese touches. It may be quite busy during lunch hours on weekdays, hence I much prefer the more relaxed vibes on weekends.
The Food I checked out Roketto Izakaya’s menu though it was my first time to Relish! I guess I have to make a return trip for Relish’s lunch menu another day. The izakaya menu is pretty straightforward, split into individual bites and sharing plates. Prices are fairly affordable as there are no dishes over S$20! For coffee connoisseurs, the coffee here is quite on point as well, which uses beans from local coffee roaster PPP Coffee, formerly known as Papa Palheta.
The meal started with an individual portion of the Fish Collagen Broth (S$5), a comforting bowl of goodness with homemade omu fish cake. The broth is rich and creamy, and it is a surprise that this is a dairy-free soup, so you can expect the natural flavour of the fish bones in achieving the creaminess.
The sharing plates are an eclectic mix of options which showcase many familiar Singaporean ingredients. Take the Aburaage Rojak Salad (S$15) for example, which elevates a street dish most Singaporeans are familiar with to a somewhat deconstructed version. The most interesting bit for me is the ‘hae ko’ ice cream here, which transforms the typical prawn paste sauce for rojak into a totally different texture. It may sound incongruous, but the ice cream texture blends well with the other ingredients like jicama, pineapples, mango and tiger prawns, such that the overall rojak flavour still remains complete.
The Har Jeong Tin Gai (S$12) is a play on prawn paste chicken, though it features frog instead of prawns. The frog is marinated in shrimp paste and served with a small bit of ginger flower by the side, which goes well when eaten together.
The Izakaya menu would not be complete if this Har Jeong Pork Keropok (S$8.50) is missing from it. This is highly addictive, as the pork belly here is marinated with shrimp paste then deep-fried, hence the very crispy texture!
A Indian inspired dish on the menu is the Tandoori Pappadam Nachos (S$8.50). The tandoori beef mince is delicious with the pappadam, while the yoghurt dip and cheese sauce cut through the heavy flavour of the tandoori in balancing the flavour profile.
One of my favourites from the menu is definitely the Nasi Lemak Chicken Wings (S$8.50). The liquid Nasi Lemak element here is intriguing, which may not be obvious in the presentation as it is the white layer beneath the chicken wings. I love the fried wings with turmeric spices, as there is a sense of familiarity about the taste which I fondly remember from my primary school canteen. You still get your ikan bilis and peanuts here, though sambal chilli is conspicuously missing!
Another good twist on the local roti prata is the Krapow Prata Pizza (S$15), where the Thai influence is strong here with the basil, chicken mince, chilli, cheese and roti prata. I like the crispy prata, and it is thin enough such that it is extremely easy to stomach without feeling too guilty after a few slices.
The Curry Chicken Shepherd’s Pie (S$15.80) used to be a popular dish at the now defunct Wild Oats at Punggol Park, which Chef Willin has chosen to bring back to the menu. This comforting curry dish is prepared with Sarawak curry and served with chicken thigh, potatoes and cheese.
For something heavy in terms flavour or portion, go for the Rendang Beef Cheek (S$20), with rendang and achar; or the Char Siew Rice (S$20) with braised soft bone pork, red cargo rice and runny yolk.
Desserts are usually not a highlight for me but the ones here from Roketto Izakaya are not to be missed. My favourite of the lot is the Wild Rocket Chendol (S$8.50), which easily counts as one of the best I had. The gula melaka is very fragrant here, and the overall flavour of the chendol is very clean and fresh, along with the pandan panna cotta and homemade coconut ice cream. Order this if you only have space for one dessert.
Other dessert options include the likes of the Wild Rocket Strawberry Cheesecake (S$9.20), another worthy alternative with biscuits and maple walnut ice cream; the old school Bur Bur Hitam (S$7.80) which features black sticky rice, dried honey longan and homemade coconut ice cream; as well as the Fresh Pineapple Sorbet (S$7.80) with bits Malaysian pineapples, soy sauce salt, chilli padi, mint sugar and orange.
Rants Restaurants with double identity is a double-edged sword. While it brings in more versatility for the kitchen, it could also be confusing for diners.
Will I Return Again? I love the creative interpretations of Mod-Sin into an Izakaya concept. The dishes on the menu of Roketto Izakaya are easy to interpret and it is nice to find that sense of familiarity amongst them. It wouldn’t be long till my next visit.
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
Relish @ Frasers Tower
182 Cecil Street
Tel: +65 6904 5458
Monday: 11am to 3pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am to 3pm; 6pm to 11pm
Closed on Sundays
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