Asian street food and drinks at Suntec City
Popular after-work haunt Bistro 1855 has closed, and in its place now stands Fat Chap, opened by the same owners who are now dialing up the food focus. While Asian casual is its game, you’ll find a keen slant towards Indonesian cuisine here – all best had with plenty of drinks.
The hype: Popular after-work haunt Bistro 1855 has closed, and in its place now stands Fat Chap, opened by the same owners who are now dialing up the food focus.
The vibe: The feel you get from the place hasn’t changed much from the casual, walk-in establishment that was Fat Chap’s predecessor. Still, we’d say they’ve gotten an upgrade. Upon entering, a full-fledged bar now lines the right-side wall where the bottle shop space used to be. This means it is now more cozy too, with seats packed closer together than before.
The food: While Asian casual is its game, you’ll find a keen slant towards Indonesian cuisine here. Head Chef Selamat Susanto, originally from Medan, offers up plenty of his own renditions of Indonesian food suited to the local palate.
There’s a strong charcoal grill and robatayaki selection, and that’s where the stars of the menu are. Definitely go for the Grilled Whole Fish ($53), meant for sharing, where a locally-caught golden snapper is marinated with plenty of spices and served alongside sambal belacan and sambal matah. It’s a generous portion and those who love their spicy food will be requesting for more of chef’s sambals to go with the fish. For single-portion mains, the Oxtail Soup ($19) and the Asam Pedas ($19) are flavourful, traditional Indonesian dishes that are divine when enjoyed with rice.
From the robatayaki section, the simple-sounding Eggplant ($8) is a must. Topped with okra, scallion, shrimp, garlic and chilli, each bite into the locally-sourced fleshy vegetable is a satisfying chomp made even more piquant thanks to a lingering smokiness. Then there’s a good variety of skewers ($12-$18) to choose from – pork belly, beef, lamb, asparagus and more – that make for the perfect drink accompaniments. Also, don’t be put off by the Crispy Pig’s Ear ($12), an addictive spiced snack best paired with beer.
The drinks: With the guys from 1855 The Bottle Shop the same owners as Fat Chap, it’s surprising that the wine list here isn’t longer. But no matter, as it’s still a serviceable selection and other drinks (you’ll find four beers on tap, including Little Creatures Pale Ale at $16 a pint) especially those from the rather extensive cocktail menu makes up for it.
Fat Chap signatures (all $20) like the Scented Mile and Hugot are stiff yet sweet for easy drinking, but for a more complex concoction, choose one from their branded Macallan or Suntory lists. The deep and aromatic Mac & Curry ($24) is their take on an Old Fashioned, made using the Macallan 12 Double Cask, curry bitters and gula melaka, while gin lovers will enjoy the tangy and juicy Roku Sour ($22) – no prizes for guessing which gin they used in this one.
Why you’ll be back: If you’re working at Suntec City, it’s an easy after-work spot that still fills the same gap Bistro 1855 left behind – just fuss-free comfort foods had with plenty of libations. Happy Hours are from noon-8pm guys, we’ll see you there.