It's about gastronomic Modern Singaporean fare by Chef LG Han at this sexy restaurant with great counter seats and an open kitchen.
The buzz: It's Mod Sin, European and modern gastronomy touches all rolled into one at this set-menu, multi-course fine dining concept by local talent Han Li Guang. There aren’t many places that put out such fancy fare for under $100.
The vibe: The layout matches the experimental nature of this 20-seat venture. It’s an open-concept kitchen with seats all around it, bar-counter style. The crowd is surprisingly laid-back and unpretentious; when we visited it was pleasantly noisy and the dress code seemed quite lax, too. No unnecessary theatrics in the open kitchen either, thankfully.
The food: It's a five-course meal for $98—a real steal. You get progressive starters like a vegetarian-friendly tomato "steak" tartare with mango yolk and soft shell crab with chili crab ice cream and mantou crumbs. For the mains (you get a choice of two), Han combines different elements in one dish, such as superfood quinoa with a rich curry and chicken balls, or siew yoke fan with roasted pork belly and ramen-flavored risotto. The desserts are good, too: chendol xiao long bao with gula melaka syrup that comes disguised in a vinegar pot, and a deconstructed apple crumble with white chocolate crumbs and yogurt ice cream.
The drinks: A good mix of Old World and New World wines, with house pours starting at $80 per bottle and $18 per glass. If you prefer, a small range of Japanese whiskies is on offer, namely from Nikka and Hibiki.
Why you’ll be back: Just to see what Han has up his sleeve. He’s already planning to add new creations to the menu.
|Address:||Restaurant Labyrinth, #02-23 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Ave., Singapore, 039802 Singapore|
|Cuisine:||European, Local, Molecular Gastronomy|
|Open since:||March, 2014|
|Opening hours:||daily noon-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm|
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