Chef Wan is back to Singapore with its first-ever ala carte concept called Chef Wan’s Kitchen. I used to watch Chef Wan’s TV programme when I was a kid and he is a Malaysian star chef and a TV personality. This is not his first F&B venture in Singapore. The previous restaurant was 1 Market By Chef Wan located at Plaza Singapura Mall.
Chef Wan’s Kitchen has taken over the Nigiro Café space. The restaurant showcases his treasure trove of recipes, passed down from his grandmother to his mother and then to him, and authentic heritage Asian and international dishes. We can’t wait to dig in after looking at the menu.
Chef Wan’s Oxtail Soup S$17.90+
This is Brunei Sultan’s favourite soup and the recipe is by Chef Wan. The broth is simmered and boiled for many hours. The soup is not tad oily and it has bits of carrots in it. And the oxtail does not have the gamey taste as well. If you prefer tint of sweetness, go for it. Otherwise, check out the one I had at Rumah Rasa.
Chef Wan’s Selangor Beef Rendang S$22.90+
Everyone’s favourite including myself.The beef meat is tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture. I love to dip the Malay keropok onto the gravy and eat. It is very addictive. I think the gravy goes pretty well with a plate of white rice too.
Ayam Percik (Grilled Chicken in Spicy Gravy) S$18.90+
This is another favourite of ours too for the night. The chicken drumstick is nicely grilled and coated in a spicy marinade before being cooked on the open fire. “Ayam” means chicken and “Percik” means splash. The chicken really tastes moist and tasty.
Lawar (Balinese Vegetable and Chicken Salad) S$17.90+
Refreshing and interesting salad which includes slices of jackfruits in it. This is my first time trying salad with jackfruits in it. This salad is made with a potpourri of ingredients from garlic to red chillies, fried shallots, long beans, limes, palm sugar, desiccated coconut, fresh turmeric, black peppercorns and many more. All are nicely tossed into mix and you can have the burst of flavours in it. Sweet, savoury, spicy and tangy all you can name it at one go.
Lontong Sayur Lodeh S$13.90+
Lontong is a dish made of compressed rice cake in the form of a cylinder wrapped inside a banana leaf. This is used to be my breakfast when I was younger. The lontong version here has a lighter taste as compared with the ones I tried in mamak stall in Malaysia. But this is good too and you can add on sambal to make it spicier in taste too.This reminds me of having it during Hari Raya too.
Cik Aini’s Mee Rebus with Prawn Fritters S$15.90+
This is a recipe from Chef Wan’s mother who made a living selling mee rebus for 31 years. This goes well with the big-size prawn fritters. The mee rebus served here is in coconuty flavour and the gravy is not the thick creamy version.
Ayam Goreng Java Chef Wan (Chef Wan’s Javanese Fried Chicken) S$18.90+
Never say no to deep-fried chicken meat especially the fried succulent chicken meat served on the table.
Bibik Neo’s Laksa S$15.90+
This is Chef Wan’s favourite childhood dish cooked by his grandmother on special occasions. It has the delightful coconutty creaminess with gravy made up with unique blend of spices. If you are up the creamy texture, you will enjoy this.
There is quite a selection from the dessert menu. We had Chilled Coconut Custard S$5.90+,Steamed Jackfruit Custard S$5.90+ and Churros Cheese Tart S$5.90+ to end the meal. Chilled Coconut Custard was the winner among the three desserts served. The dessert tasted like chendol and bits of ondeh-ondeh with the layering. It is best if you can scoop all the way to the bottom and eat it up. Damn shiok!
Overall the meal is pretty satisfying and we went home feeling superb full. I thought the dishes will be spicy but turned out it is not. The dishes served here are hearty and filling. If the dishes are not spicy enough, there are sambal/chilli bottles on each serving table. You can add on your customized spicy to the individual dishes. But for me, I think the dishes here suits local and tourists who don’t take spicy though. I would suggest coming in group so that you can order more dishes to try and share the food and costs too!
Chef Wan’s Kitchen
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue
#02-14 Esplanade Mall
Tel: +65 6397 4911
Monday to Sunday
12:00PM – 2:30PM | 5:30PM – 10:30PM