Retaining the name, Ash & Char, after WEROC group who owned Drink Culture and Hood Bar & Music, brought over the brand. With this change, the former cafe is now a gastrobar. Even the interior has a new dress.
Sides & Tapas
For Sides menu, the immensely popular item that diners raved about is the Signature Char Siu. With a golden ratio of fats to meat, the juicy and flavourful meat keep diners going back for more.
As many Tapas items are as the Sides. However these are only available after 5pm. I would go for the Mayura Choco Wagyu cooked using award-winning chocolate grain-fed premium wagyu cubes. The other is the crowd-pleaser, Crispy Kalemari.
Other interesting options are the Chijeu-Buldak, Korean-style gochujang chicken with cheese and Crispy Cauliflower roasted and served with gremolata.
Burgers & Seafood
Four burgers are on the menu, I tried only the AC Char-Grilled Wagyu Burger which consists of a thick, finely ground wagyu patty sandwiched between a charcoal bun. A pity the patty was slight dry and I prefer coarser meat texture. If you enjoy crispy bun, the burger would be the good choice.
Battered premium haddock was used in the Classic Fish And Chips.
Pasta & Bowls
Tried 2 out of the 5 Pastas available on the new menu of Ash & Char. I love the fiery spicy Tom Yum Seafood Pasta more, even though I couldn’t tolerate the level of spiciness.
Creamy Smoked Duck Pasta with garlic cream sauce isn’t my choice as I find the overall taste slanted towards the sweet profile.
Five Bowls that are available before 5pm is on the Ash & Char menu. I tried only the Mentaiko Salmon Aburi. Despite it was an ordinary looking bowl, I find it tasty.
At all WEROC group of bar, you can find their highly delicious signature WEROC Wings which comes with 2 sauces (hot sauce, curry tartar, sour jalapeno, smoky BBQ and truffle mayo), Ash & Char is no exceptional. A total of 7 flavours of Chicken wing (made up of drumlets and mid-joint) are on the menu. Each comes in 4 pieces. The 7 flavours are interesting, with some remarkably spicy flavours. I am sure you will find your favourite.
Lastly, a Wings Can Fly Platter. Diner get to choose any 3 types from the 7 flavours (Har Cheong Gai, US Buffalo, Mexican Fiery (the most spicy among the 7 items), Korean Kimchi, Japanese Teriyaki, China Kung Pao and Thai Tom Yum). Each type with 3 pieces each. Maybe they can add the 8th flavour, Mala.
Since it is a gastrobar, alcholic drinks are never missing. Besides beer, hard-liquor and wine, we found 2 interesting Signature Drinks at Ash & Char. Mixed Berry Bramble is one of the Signature Cocktail. A gin-based with berries, lemon and blue curaco.
The other is the Santa Cruz De Alpera Blue Frizzante with a gorgeous blue-coloured drink. An alcoholic drink with less than 9% alcohol content, comprises mango, pineapple and peach tasting note. Fruity with sweetish and sourish hint. Generally, an easy-to-drink alcohol.
After trying about a dozen of items, the dishes were well executive. In a nutshell, I find Ash & Char impressive. When I return, I will order the Har Cheong Gai, Tom Yum Seafood Pasta, Crispy Kalemari, Mayura Choco Wagyu and Signature Char Siu.
Ash & Char
21 McCallum Street #01-03/04 Singapore 069047
Tel: +65 8341 1951
Monday – Thursday 1100 to 0000 | Friday 1100 to 0100 | Saturday 1700 to 0100 | Closed on Sundays
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