A former Young Chef of the Year guides the contemporary Euro food offering at this multi-level restaurant and bar from the Ugly Duckling team.
March 30, 2022
This multi-level Swan Street restaurant is the work of David Abela, Andrew Ryan and Daniel Vid; the same minds behind neighbouring cocktail haunt The Ugly Duckling.
Tucked within a three-storey former art store, the 100-seat modern Euro eatery and bar now boasts creatively-charged yet timeless interiors by Flack Studio. It's a warm, eclectic space, featuring lots of rich textures, marble accents and an impressive art collection.
In the kitchen, 2015 Young Chef of the Year Tim Martin (The European, Harvest) is delivering a contemporary menu spiked with lots of European influence. The snack game is particularly strong — think, prosciutto paired with a melon escabeche ($24), the pea and ricotta arancini ($12), and oysters with celery heart mignonette ($6).
Deeper in, find duck ragu gnocchi finished with saltbush ($35); a seafood spaghetti starring littleneck clams, prawns and calamari ($38); and a pithivier (pie) of gruyere, potato and chard ($32).
A grass-fed O'Connor scotch fillet features a madeira jus ($49), and you'll spy a Russian honey cake ($15) leading the dessert offering.
The matching wine selection pays homage to Euro drops and varietals, with a healthy spread on offer by the glass. Perch up at the horseshoe bar to sip the Rob Dolan pinot blanc ($15), or head to France with a glass of the Domaine des Espérances gamay out of Touraine ($14).
Cocktails stick to the classics with the likes of a negroni ($20) and a dry gin martini ($20), while the aperitif-sipping crowd will be all about the Spritz With No Name ($18) — a refreshing blend of Campari, Pampelle Grapefruit, sparkling wine, orange and olive.
Images: Anson Smart and Untitled
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