June 02, 2016

Cook & Brew Gastro-Bar @ Westin Singapore ~ Delightful Wine & Dine With Gorgeous Level 33 View!

Meal times just got better at Cook & Brew with the recent launch of their 2-course Set Lunch ($35++) and 3-course Set Dinner ($55++)!

Looking at the selection of starters, mains and desserts, it is simply too good a deal to pass over. Most importantly..... the dishes that we've tried on evening of our visit were mostly very enjoyable.

More on that later. First, let's look at the place itself.

A specialty gastro-bar, Cook & Brew is located at Level 33 of The Westin Singapore within the Asia Square Tower 2, smack right in the middle of office buildings overlooking the gorgeous Marina Bay.

Its interior has a very warm and inviting ambience, ideally suitable for tired office executives to relax with some delectable food and rounds of drinks after a hard day of work.

If you get the chance, be sure to chat up with the bubbly Canada-born Executive Chef Aaron Foster who can been seen zipping in and out of the kitchen. Hearing him speak about his culinary inspirations and experiences with such zeal and joy certainly adds another dimension into his well created dishes.

We started with the highly recommended Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta ($14) which will possibly please most diners. Perhaps even those who are fussy or have a phobia for cheese.

The lightly whipped cheese when paired with drizzles of truffle honey and spread over smokey charred sour dough brought out the daintiness of the cheese while not being overly heavy on the palate.

If we have to choose a favorite item for the evening, this would be it.

Mini Duck & Foie Gras Sausage ($19) is a very intriguing combination of two of my favorite ingredients. Cannot decide on sausage or foie gras? Why not have both!

Best eaten in hotdog bun-style, dressed with a bit of spicy plum sauce, sour mustard and salsa verde. Yummy! What a twist from the typical hotdog!

The Asian-inspired Crispy Tofu ($12) was an appetizing medley of fried beancurd, avocado, tomato and papaya in spicy ponzu dressing.

At this point I have to burst the bubble, for these few starters are not available as part of the set dinner. But it's okay, we are happy that the bar fare and ala-carte menu is available on top of the set menu. It is a signal to eat more.

For Chinese, being able to indulge in gastronomic pleasure is a sign of prosperity!

What we had from the 3-course Set Dinner ($55++) menu were no less delightful. Some items are available on the ala carte menu as well.

Crispy Artichoke Hearts
($12 per ala carte order) paired with nutty romesco sauce is a simple dish which highlights the natural sweetness and flavors of the artichoke. Deep-fried yet none at all greasy.

Heirloom Tomatoes & Plums
($17 per ala carte order) is a salad consisting of buttermilk and gorgonzola cheese dressing, butter curd and pecan brittle. Quality tomatoes and the intense sharpness of the blue cheese really lifts this nondescript-looking dish to another level.

Soup of The Day was a very warm, comforting mix of barley, sausages and vegetable which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving portions for mains are hearty and worthy of mention. The Chicken Parm ($28 per ala carte order) with that huge slab of breaded basil and yogurt marinated thigh meat will easily fulfill the hungry stomachs of big eaters.

Black Cod
($36 per ala carte order) is another well-loved dish. Quite a classic pairing of fish with roasted vegetables, and served with a rich seafood broth made from black mussels. Flavors were superbly balanced.

Papparedelle Pasta with Spicy Lamb Sausage ($29 per ala carte order) can be either an extreme case of love or hate. I relished in the strong flavors of lamb and spices, but it came across as too gamey for some to accept.

More carbs came our way in form of Potato & Smoked Cheddar Perogies ($26 per ala carte order), an interesting dish of dumpling filled with potato and cheddar cheese. The cabbage cream added another layer of richness to the already rich dish, but thankfully bits of charred broccoli provided some respite from the surfeit feeling.

Desserts served includes Home-made Raspberries Chocolate Layers Cake ($13 per ala carte order), Bailey’s Cake ($13 per ala carte order) and choice of two scoops of Ice Cream ($6 per scoop per ala carte order).

The use of quality ingredients in their ice cream is apparent on first bite. A particular favorite at our table was the Rum & Raisin flavor. That generous dose of rum was intoxicating!

Coffee Whiskey Ice Cream went very well as an refreshing end to dinner too.

In conclusion, Cook & Brew scores highly in terms of both environment and food served. The relaxing ambience and nice view is complemented well with the quality and generously-sized dishes.

Those who need a drink or two will find a meticulously-curated list of fine wines and a selection of over 100 beers.

Cook & Brew
Address: The Westin Singapore, Level 33, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Contact: +65 6922 6948
Website: http://www.cookandbrewsingapore.com/
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12am / Fri 11am-1am / Sat 5pm-2am / Sun Open For Private Events

Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST.

* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu

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