Simple but good fare at restaurant-bar House of Mu
With famed chef Marco Pierre White opening his first restaurant in Asia, The English House, at Mohamed Sultan, all eyes are on the locale, which makes it a perfect time to discover another gem - House of Mu.
It's a restaurant and bar, which also sells Burmese teak furniture.
With this gimmick and an Instagram-worthy front entrance (a group spent 20 minutes taking photos there), you might want to dismiss the food here.
That would be a mistake.
Chef Tyrell Joon, who has worked at key positions in the Les Amis group of restaurants for years, has created a small menu of simple dishes that are relatively easy on the wallet but wonderful on the taste buds.
You can build your own pasta or risotto here - and it could be a good or a bad thing.
Good if you're fussy and know exactly what you want, bad if - like me - you just want to eat everything.
The carbs cost $14, then you add a base (you pay extra for black ink or truffle cream), and a protein (from $5) if you want.
I had my risotto with crayfish in a truffle cream sauce.
The truffle scent was just enough to whet the appetite without becoming cloying, the rice damp enough without being dense, and the crayfish added sweetness to the rice.
My pasta wasn't as successful though. I had a vongole linguine with an aglio olio base.
It didn't work for me not because it was done wrong - the pasta was perfectly al dente - but because it was boring.
Ask for recommendations if you're stumped for choice, and don't settle for the mundane.
The Challan Duck Breast ($26) was wonderfully tender and juicy, and its sweet glaze enhanced the experience.
The US Black Angus Ribeye ($32) was simple but effective.
The meat is beautifully cooked, with a coat of grated horseradish and a mustard emulsion to give it an intoxicating hint of bitterness.
The best dish I tried came at the end of the meal - the dessert platter ($26).
I love the different bits and bobs of textures, flavours and sensations, with the frozen peanut butter popsicle being the main star.
Nothing is overwhelmingly sweet or too clever, and every item on the platter worked.
I love that the chef is so confident that he doesn't bother with too much flash.
Just serve very good basics, and diners will be back for more.
House of Mu
11 Mohamed Sultan Road Tel: 6732-1011
Opens Tuesday to Thursday, and Sunday, noon to 10.30pm; Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight