Potato Head Folk could possibly be the hottest current talk of the town. Opened by the same people behind the wildly successful Potato Head Beach Club in Bali, this latest hangout in Singapore looks ready to mirror its popularity with gorgeous décor, hipster vibes and reasonably good food.
Housed within the iconic building at Keong Saik Road in the Chinatown district where Tong Ah Kopitiam used to be, it spans four levels of different themes which is said to be modeled after the intimate feel of a private house completed with a 'kitchen', 'living room', 'private studio' and 'rooftop garden'.
Level one is where Three Buns Bistro lies. The open kitchen offers us a glimpse of chefs at work and limited seats are available along the corridor. No service charge is imposed on this level if you chose to dine here or takeaway the food, but the heat would probably chase you up to Three Buns Restaurant, the air-conditioned 'living room' on level two.
We visited the restaurant barely a week after it opened and the repugnant smell of fresh paint was still in the air, but the vibrancy of the colorful interior soon took my attention away. Hand-painted murals of butterflies and flowers adorned the walls, figurines of pixyish-looking children and creatures dotted the brightly-lit space, and banner flags hanging from the ceiling adds a touch of conviviality to the whimsical atmosphere. Every corner turned is a beautiful instgrammable moment.
Grub is mainly burgers and sides, along with a host of beers, cocktails and lovingly homemade sodas. Any lamb - Rambo ($25), buttermilk fried chicken - Honky-Tonk ($19) or double prime beef patties - Four Floors ($28) burger for you?
Our choice of Three Bun's signature burger, Baby Huey ($20), looked somewhat small in size, but the 150g of freshly ground beef patty grilled to medium doneness combined with cheese, lettuce, pickles, spiced mayo and 'Notorious T.O.M Sauce' between artisan soft bun soon proved to be of quite a substantial portion for our easily satisfied appetite.
The basket of Wing-Its ($8) was competently crispy chicken wings heavily coated in a thick smokey BBQ sauce which left me feeling a tad surfeit after awhile. Naughty Fries ($9) was another indulgence of deep-fried potatoes in creamy spiced bearnaise sauce, hot beef chilli, crisp shallots, parmesan and sesame seeds. Though undeniably guilty of calories sin, it was an addictive treat which we thoroughly enjoyed.
With only two dessert selection of individual dessert pot in either Rich Chocolate ($6) or Zesty Lemon ($6), we decided to go for the former. The mix of dark and milk chocolate mousse was velvety smooth but my personal taste preference would be to have a higher percentage of dark chocolate in it. Too intensely rich for me after a heavy meal, I'm glad to have a dining companion who finished most of the whole cup off. He really liked the chocolate.
We did not venture up to the private Studio 1939 on level three, nor the Open-air Bar at the rooftop garden.
Service was friendly and the overall experience was good. A cool place worth checking out.
Potato Head Folk
Address: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Contact: +65 6327 1939
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-12am / Closed on Mon
Prices are subjected to prevailing government taxes and service charge.