March 11, 2016
You’d think that, as Asians, we should be accustomed to strange meats, like livers, intestines, and brains — plus, find them delicious, as kway chap lovers would chime. Still, it was a refreshing experience dining at 5th Quarter. The highly-experienced (and award-winning, might I add) Chef Drew Nocente treated us to his culinary creations that involved his expertise with meat curing and grilling. Furthermore, we’re talking about cuts from all parts of the animal — including, yes, the sometimes not-as-popular offcuts like beef tongues and pork tails.
As its name implies, 5th Quarter does refer to those “neglected” parts, now given some good old TLC, and suddenly delicious under the chef’s seasoned hands. Of an Italian-Australian background, his influence in the contemporary menu extends to both traditional curing methods, including smoking, curing and pickling, as well as quality work on the grill.
What’s also interesting is that there isn’t really a “main course” — each dish is served according to the method of cooking, and meant to be shared. These come in different categories like “Salted & Hung”, “Smoked, Brined, Cured” or “Grilled, Seared, Charred”, which makes for a very spoilt-for-choice decisions. There’s even “Roasted & Green”, which is where you can find stuff like Tomato with Burrata & Basil (S$12).
When we visited, the chef had just added several seafood options too, including a Scallop with Vegetables and Citrus, as well as a Mackarel, Gin & Cucumber. Both helped cut through the richness of the meats we had. The scallop dish was generous, and delightfully light, while the Mackarel had that perfect crisp skin that we always look out for, was seasoned well and intense, while perfectly complementing the side of gin.
If you can’t garner enough people to try the menu though, try their mid-day offerings. The lunch menu actually showcase bi-weekly specials, and highlights from the main menu, for just $10 a plate — a steal, really. Six plates should do for you and a partner.
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm (Last Order 2pm), Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm); closed on Mon