A for Arbite
Chef-proprietor Marc Wee offers creative fusion plates like beef tataki salad, pork loin and pineapple sandwiches and the deconstructed cookies and cream “cheesecake” alongside Belgian craft brews at this cheery (if slightly twee) eatery in Aliwal Arts Centre. The food menu comes with handy icons with suggested beer and tea pairings for each dish.
The buzz: An offshoot of Serangoon Gardens European eatery Arbite, this second project by chef-proprietor Mark Wee in Kampong Glam offers experimental fusion plates.
The vibe: Housed on former schoolhouse premises, the place is done up in cheery primary colors, with long communal tables and a big black chalkboard where you can check out the daily specials.
The food: Dig into small plates like miso mussels with pink peppercorn butter ($12.90), scotched egg with yuzu wasabi hollandaise ($7.90) and fingerling truffle potato ($10.90). Plus, larger dishes such as Angus ribeye steak with porcini red wine sauce ($42.90). For dessert, there’s green tea panna cotta ($9) as well as an old favorite from Wee’s first restaurant, My Wife’s Chocolate Cake ($8).
The drinks: The highlight is their range of Belgian craft brews—including Palm ($12) and Steenbrugge Double Brown ($14)—which are exclusive to the venue. The beers are also available in tasting flights of five ($25) and come with helpful tasting notes. For non-drinkers, there are proprietary teas in flavors like osmanthus oolong ($6). The food menu comes with handy dandy little icons suggesting beers or teas to pair with each dish to boot.
Why you’ll be back: For its easy-to-navigate yet creative selection of generously sized-small plates in a playful laidback space. Plus Kampong Glam is always a hip hood to hang out in.
Eat this at A for Arbite: Cookies and cream cheese cake espuma. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat before you die (2013). Or order up craft Belgian brew Steenbrugge Double Brown. It stands out for its dark cinnamon-y flavor and rounded caramel notes.