The Place Cuppage Plaza is probably one of the most overlooked building in Orchard Road for dining. Located at the basement of the building is the few weeks old 22-seater restaurant Ebi Bar. Ebi Bar is a modern Singaporean noodle bar that focuses on serving up umami prawn broth, and is a wholly homegrown concept by The Eminent F&B Group, and helmed by Partner and Head Chef, Jeff Tong.
It is a no-frills and causal space where you simply order via the QR Code on your table. Going contactless is the way to go these days.
The Food The menu here focuses on Singaporean flavours across the dishes along with a tinge of other cultures within. The signature dish is the “Chao Da” or Charred Ebi Noodles (S$14.90), served with a pair of prawns. The broth is rich and sweet from the many hours of soaking the prawns, 8-10 hours to prepare and with 40kg of prawn shells and heads as I understand from the team. Pretty interesting presentation too, as the noodles is served in a dim sum basket.
The noodles are made in-house. It is not exactly like ramen, but leans closer to the Singaporean-style prawn noodles.
The Rantee had the Pan-Seared Chicken Noodles (S$10.90) with the protein being a pan-seared chicken thigh roulade. It is the same prawn broth as the Charred Ebi Noodles.
If you need a more intense flavour, there is also the Truffle, Mala and Miso-flavoured Broth Booster Shots (from S$1.90) to intensify the soup base. Some fun elements here, though I don’t think it is necessary as the original broth is already flavourful enough.
All mains can be completed with a snack and drink for S$3.90.
For sides, expect dishes like the Salted Mackerel Fried Chicken (S$6.90), Ah Ma’s Achar Gone Fancy (S$4.90) with a surprising addition of jelly fish, and the Chilled Tofu with Homemade Sauce (S$4.90).
My favourite side dish is in fact the crispy and sinful Ebi and Vege-Crispy Fritter (S$5.90), their version of ‘Hei Piah’.
Rants It is not a huge space, and it is an open concept dining.
Will I Return Again? The addition of Ebi Bar is a good addition to the sleepy Cuppage Plaza and it is encouraging to see a Modern Singaporean concept here. Head here for a fuss-free meal if you love your prawn noodles.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
#B1-21 Cuppage Plaza
5 Koek Road
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 10:30pm
Closed on Mondays
Ranted by The Ranter