We recently visited Butter at 35 North Canal Road for some dishes that are paired with some drinks. When you hear North Canal Road, you may begin to wonder where on Singapore is this road situated at. Perhaps, you will be more familar with The Punch whom is also located along this foreign name. The concept is about bringing fine food to the masses at an affordable price. In other words, they wanted diners to feel the experience was value-for-money.
Chef Darwin Chen who is helming the kitchen of Butter at 35 North Canal Road is a young chap who was formerly from The Jaan and some other big names. Knowingly, expectation surged and in anticipation was the wait for the first dish to be served. Original, the place existed due to the bar, named Fancy. Hence, diners could enhance the dinning experience by pairing with drinks. The Bar Tenders were formerly from Jigger and Pony and Sugarhall.
Menuthough was petite, it was comprehensive as well. Beginning the meal with the unami milky Pork Broth Soup ($12) served with tortellini, fried beancurd, lettuce and blue edible flower to beautify the dish.
Before the soup was served, the recommended aperitif, Aperol was the go-to drink. Lightly fruity and sourish to set the palate for food.
Moving to the second course, was a starter, the Tomates ($12) done in 6-way (grill, confit, semi-dry and so on …) using 3 different types of tomatoes. An unappealing as I am not a tomato fan, to my surprise, I love this dish. The different dimension in texture and flavour was what attracted me to this creation.
Carpaccio ($18) was the second starter. Braised daikon radish, fish slices, and black fish roe beneath the red coral tuile. It has a taste profile similar to pickle. I find the seafood scent a little too strong for my preference.
Among the 3 mains I tried at Butter at 35 North Canal Road, my top favourite is the Brown Butter Fish ($26). Fillet coupled with brown butter sauce. It requires some skill to ensure that the butter wasn’t char. Finishing the look with Fried beancurd puffs and orange edible flower petals. It would have been perfect if the fish wasn’t cooked via sous vide.
Second Main was the Chicken 2-way ($28), a fried Chicken Drum ball and Sous Vide Chicken Breast with brown sauce. A pity both the meat were dry. Since I dislike breast meat, I am not a fan of this dish.
True to the name, Charcoal and Beef ($32). Adorned the grilled-beef and a charcoal-radish with edible ‘chipped charcoal’ and vegetables. Personally, when it comes to beef, I prefer the French-way, Steak Frite. Enjoying a simple piece of steak with tasty Fries. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, in any case.
Ending the meal with a dessert is always a must. Out of the 3 desserts, dramatic-looking Chocolate Cloud ($16) was the only item we tried. Though I would love to try the remaining 2. When served, pour the ignited-chocolate sauce over the cloud (Cotton Candy) with popcorn scattered around it. At the bottom was peanut butter covered white chocolate with chocolate ice cream. Diner who love peanut butter would love this dessert.
Diners might want to finish the meal with a tea that contain alcohol. I don’t remember the name of this interesting drink. You could enjoy it with or without milk.
If you are looking at impressing your date without breaking your bank, Butter At 35 North Canal Road will be the ideal place. The ambience with dim light and it has the candle-light effect.
Butter At 35 North Canal Road
35 North Canal Road, #01-01 Singapore 059291
Tel: +65 6535 0332
Monday – Saturdays 1700 to 0000 | Closed on Sundays
- Downtown line and North East line – Chinatown station
- North East line – Clarke Quay station
- North-South line and East-West line – Raffles Place station
- Clarke Quay Station along Eu Tong Sen Street 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851, 961
- Opposite Clarke Quay Station along New Bridge Road 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190
- Boat Quay along South Bridge Road 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197, 851, 961
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