3B River Valley Road, Unit #01-18, Clarke Quay
Tel: (+65) 9862 6002
Violet Oon has done it again. She has only gone and opened one of our favourite spots of the month with her Satay Bar and Grill at Clarke Quay. The decor is similar to that of National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery – dark woods and dim lighting, black and white family photographs on the wall and a sea of jade green that complements the Peranakan original tiling that we are in love with. If you are planning a girls’ night come here, date night same again, in fact this spot pretty much ticks all the boxes with its great atmosphere and stellar grilled food. Beef, Chicken, Prawn, Pork Satay and even Tripe Satay ($14-20 for three skewers) comes with perfect char and uses good quality meat grilled till tender and served with the housemade sauces, full of fresh spices that Violet Oon is famous for. Interesting starters include the Silver Fish Fritters ($12) – flattened into a disc and fried and served with chili sauce, or the classic Kueh Pie Tee ($17). New dishes on the mains menu range from the Kunyit Lemak Sotong ($26) grilled squid in a chilli and turmeric laced sauce, to Chilli Padi Sambal Prawns ($35) and Barramundi in Garam Assam Sauce ($32) of pineapple, ginger flower and laksa leaf. For dessert tuck into Singaporean classics made upmarket: Chendol with Durian Pengat Sauce ($15) or the die-die must try Tapioca cake ($10) served warm and sticky with Gula Melaka Sauce and a quaint pot of coconut cream on the side.