FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (pronounced as FIRE Kitchen and Drink) sounds exactly like my kind of place! Meat! Grill! Fire! Harking us back to the primal enjoyment of food, and therein lies the appeal for me. I'm a carnivore, hear me roar!
To complete the dining experience, the restaurant is done up in a rather rustic way with wall murals depicting the etymology of fire. The use of much stone and wood elements further lends the restaurant a distinct olden-day charm.
But not to worry, we will not be made to cook our own food like cavemen lol! That part is taken care of by the kitchen team who whipped up dishes using the wow-worthy Josper Charcoal Oven.
If you don't already know, the Josper grill is like the Ferrari of ovens, with an ability to cook meat on much higher heat within a comparatively shorter time. Less moisture escape and tenderness is retained. And yes, do expect that ambrosial smokey, charred aroma from the charcoal fire too.
Cuisine at FYR is described as modern European, and flavors are kissed with exotic herbs and spices of Southeast Asia. This was suitably apparent in the Baked Half Bone Marrow ($15), a delightful Thai basil and Asian spices enhanced buttery richness that spread like wonderment on crispy toast.
Baked Aubergine & Chickpea Ragout ($10) hinted of Indian curry, subtle and pleasant in flavors, but lacked textural contrast which would perhaps made this overall mushy dish a tad more exciting.
Talking about excitement, I must certainly share with you the starter I enjoyed most that evening, Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters ($15)! Surprisingly so, because I'm not even an oyster fan to begin with. But when slight baked and topped with an uplifting concoction of sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi, these fresh succulent babies were simply irresistible!
Platters such as the meaty trio Five-spice Half Chicken, Striploin, Asian-spiced Tiger Prawns ($55) would be good for 2 to 3 persons to share, depending on how ravenous you all are.
But if you're in a selfish mode and wanna whack a slab of meat all by yourself, Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye ($32) would be a suitable choice of protein. What it needed was perhaps a bit more salt to coax more flavors out of it.
I thought the Deboned Red Snapper ($25) needed a heavier handling with salt too, but hey hey, sambal chilli came to the rescue! There wasn't any tear-inducing fieriness which we would usually associated with the condiment, but its subtle heat and depth of zesty flavors was just about the right match with delicateness of the fish. Very shiok "sambal fish"!
Other choices for seafood mains includes the Whole Maine Lobster ($35) with firm flesh smothered in creamy shallot lemongrass béchamel sauce, as well as Seafood Linguine ($18) tossed in lobster bisque with generous amount of prawns, squids and clams. Decidedly enjoyable but my preference would be the pasta to have a more al dente bite.
Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream ($10) surprised me in two ways. Firstly, it cut opened to a lovely flow of pandan crème anglaise (instead of the usual chocolate). Secondly, the pistachio cake tasted more of pandan rather than with any nutty fragrance. But still, it was a good surprise as I feel the dessert did worked beautifully afterall. Just rename it as Pandan Lava Cake maybe?
The beverages at FYR are also not an afterthought. For my Grilled Fresh Pineapple Juice ($4.50), the bartender took the extra step of grilling the fruit before juicing to give it an added touch of caramelized flavor. Thumbs up for the effort.
Overall, FYR is a great place for ambience dining and to chill for after-work meal gatherings. But I must say their Set Lunch (2-course $25, 3-course $29) are rather attractive too. Let's go!!!
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
Address: 19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069619
Contact: +65 6221 3703
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm / Sat 9am-11pm / Sun 9am-4pm