Feast your senses on innovative Mod-Sin dishes whipped up by Chef Shen Tan at this hidden gem.
Calling Revolution Coffee her new-found home is one of Singapore’s favourite Mod-Sin chefs, Shen Tan. Best known for her stint at Madam Tan’s Nasi Lemak in Maxwell Food Centre as well as Wok & Barrel in Duxton, the innovative chef brings back her famous nasi lemak, together with a slew of delicious European dishes boasting a local twist, to the hip café that’s frequented by the office crowd from Fusionopolis. Although the cafe has been around since 2013, it is the combination of chef Tan’s nasi lemak and speciality coffee that’s been shaking up the area.
The airy café is flooded with natural light that streams in through the floor to ceiling windows. Furnishings are adorably mismatched, giving the space a quirky feel that is more homely, than hipster. There are multiple outdoor seats too if you rather dine alfresco and enjoy the balmy Singapore breeze. Unpretentious and laid back, it’s possible to lose track of time as you dine on good food and coffee with your friends.
Popular among regulars is–of course–Shen’s signature Nasi Lemak, which starts from $4.90 for a simple plate of ikan billis, omelette, and crispy fried boneless chicken thigh. The rice is fragrant and light, as it is steamed twice daily with fresh coconut milk and 10 ingredients like fenugreek, lemongrass and ginger. Our favourite from the five sets was the Nasi Lemak Crispy Pork ($7.90). The pork belly melts in your melt and isn’t dry or oily, unlike the usual crispy roast pork you find at hawker centres. Punching the dish up further is her spicy sambal belachan as well as the coffee sambal, made from fresh beans from the Caffeine Dispensary.
Don’t overlook the other items on the menu–they are just as delicious. Lovers of Peranakan’s favourite black nut will enjoy the Buah Keluak Pasta ($19.90). Tagliatelle pasta is tossed in house made buah keluak sauce, chilli padi, galangal and turmeric, giving the spicy pasta a uniquely rich and earthy flavour. Topping the dish is a copious portion of minced pork, minced prawns and pork belly–first poached in buah keluak then pan-seared till it’s meltingly tender.
The menu boasts a few scrummy vegan and gluten-free items too. While the Grilled Laksa Salad ($9.90) is far from being #instaworthy, it is a definite winner in our bellies. Grilled baby cos lettuce is tossed with toasted grated coconut, laksa leaf pesto, as well as toasted cashew nuts dressed with an aromatic coconut lime laksa dressing. Fried shallots are also added to lend a nice crunch.
Desserts are just as impressive. The Shendol Delights ($10) is a winner with its silky coconut pannacotta that’s doused in gula Melaka syrup and chendol. Served alongside a scoop of housemade red bean ice cream that reminds us dearly of the potong stick ones we love. The only downside? The ice cream is made in small batches, so you can’t order an additional scoop or on its own.
#01-03A Infinite Studio, 21 Media Circle. Tel: 6777 2110. Open daily, 9am-6pm.