There seems to be an increasing number of restaurants with spectacular bars and good food, and the likes of Fordham & Grand, Nuvo and Anti:dote come to mind.
The latest on this list is Sugarhall.
Created by the people behind Jigger & Pony after a rum-fuelled barbecue meal, the idea was to keep the place fun and relaxed - mission accomplished.
The dining experience was enjoyable. It is a noisy place filled with conversation and laughter. The two times I came here, I left happy.
To get you in the mood, order the Captain Jack ($22) with Coco Kanu coconut rum, Myers dark rum, jackfruit syrup, pineapple and yoghurt.
Do not turn around if you are not a drinker because the food here is good.
Chef Polo Seah - formerly a sous chef at W Hotel - does pork really well. Also good is the selection of vegetable sides which are meant to accompany the meat, but are served like individual dishes.
My order of fork crushed potatoes ($10) came with its own mash. And I highly recommend the subtly sweet, chunky pumpkin ($12) because it goes with everything.
102 Amoy Street
Opens Mondays to Saturdays, 6pm to midnight
Call 6222-9102 for reservations
The pork chop ($28) sounds ordinary, but the meat is fatty and juicy, and the orange parsley sauce adds to the experience. it is a surprisingly hefty portion for the price.
When I first heard about the pork knuckle ($14), I had the Filipino crispy pata in mind. But this is first cooked sous vide and placed in the oven before serving. The result is a tender piece of meat with the right amount of fattiness to balance the sauce.
Tastes Better Than It Looks
The "broken" pork sausage ($14) does not look promising, but let your tastebuds be the judge.
It is salty, so if you like subtle flavours, this is not for you. But if you want a bold dish, this is it.
While the tiger prawns ($18) are decent, this dish pales in comparison to others.
There is a hint of Sichuan pepper seasoning, but I needed to squeeze a huge dose of lime over it to make it interesting.
You need to wait 20 minutes when you order the roasted chicken ($28) but it will be worth your time.
It is very tender with the aroma of rosemary lingering. But the cucumber yoghurt dressing is unnecessary.
This article was first published on June 11, 2014.
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