Back once again at the Tanjong Pagar area for food! The choice of grub this time is from Kite, a cosy establishment nestled among the row of shophouses along Craig Road (opposite PerBacco Italian, a stone's throw away from Twins Korean Fried Chicken).
As Nat, my fellow blogger friend is the one who decided on the place, I simply showed up during dinner without knowing what to expect.
When I learned that Kite serves Modern-Asian comfort fare in small plates, somewhat like tapas and dim sum style, my first thought was, "aiyoh, 吃得饱吗? (filling enough or not?)"
So it was with this concern and 3 hungry stomachs that we ordered without much restrain from the concise menu comprising of only 24 items which are categorized into Snacks ($6 ~ $12), Cold ($10 ~$15), Hot ($12 ~$18), and Sweets ($10 ~ $12).
Prices seems reasonable at a glance with nothing over $20 (before taxes), but the dainty portion would probably mean that one has to order a few more dishes than usual to make for a substantial meal.
The Chicken Skin ($6) glazed in bourbon and juniper was a savory-sweet treat that started us off delightfully. Its paper-thin crisp texture was highly-addictive, and the absence of any visible fats made this a seemingly guiltless indulgence. Hehee, I like!
Also delicious was the Somen In Lap Cheong Oil ($12), Japanese noodles that is steeped in the unctuous goodness rendered from Chinese sausages. But Nat wondered at what he thought was an extraneous pairing with prawns. I like both components of this dish so overall no complaints about it.
Ditto for the Ubin Sea Bass ($14), a dish of lightly-cooked fish slathered with a buttery sauce and accompanied with crunchy lotus root for textural contrast.
The Iberico Pork Collar ($16) evoked a sense of familiarity with its you tiao-flavored veloute and bak kut teh inspired broth. Quite an interesting take on our local delicacy pork ribs soup which I'd recommend you to try if you visit Kite.
I also enjoyed the tender Wagyu Beef Cheek ($18) with onion soubise and sprinkling of coffee powder, as well as the Black Spanish Pig ($18) with chestnuts and walnuts. Both dish were decently executed.
If there is one dish which we wouldn't order again, it would be the lacklustre Uncle William's Quail ($16) which other than being one-dimensionally salty, tasted of no other flavors.
The food at Kite are fine as it is (except for the quail), just that none is too intriguing either. Our appetites were barely satisfied after all that we had, and decided to go somewhere else for second round of dinner instead.
But this is not to dismiss the efforts of the kitchen team at Kite, nor the floor staff who provided us with excellent service. Thank you too for offering us the complimentary dessert and 10% off our bill after we were recognized.
Address: 53 Craig Road, #01-01, Singapore 089691
Contact: +65 9729 7988
Opening Hours: Lunch Tue-Fri 12pm-2.30pm / Dinner Tue-Sun 6pm-10pm / Drinks Tue-Sun 6pm - 12am / Closed on Mon
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subjected to 10% service charge and 7% GST.