Great Singapore cafe – Symmetry
As a food lover’s paradise, there’s always somewhere new and exciting to eat in Singapore. We’d been on the lookout for a great Singapore cafe and headed towards Arab Street and Symmetry.
This is an easy walk from the City Hall area in the historic Kampong Glam area if you’re so inclined, or an even shorter one from the Bugis SMRT station. We’d already discovered Symmetry’s great coffee (you can check out our favourite haunts here) and were impressed with the plates going out around us.
So, on a quiet-ish Monday lunch, we were undeterred by a smaller-than-usual menu on offer. Symmetry describes itself as ‘modern Australian fare’, so essentially it’s food with global influences and clearly dominated by French techniques. Even the short menu held plenty of attraction.
The servings are reasonably generous, so it was a dish each, with some truffled fries on the side. Gluttonous husband took the dish featured at the top of this post, slow-cooked barramundi served on top of a haricot bean stew, toulouse pork sausage, smoked pancetta and citrus oil.
This was almost gluttonous husband’s favourite cassoulet, with a beautifully cooked piece of barramundi on top. The fish flaked apart, the skin was crisp and he relished hoovering it up.
Greedy Girl loves merguez sausages, so she took the merguez shakshouka with croffles – spiced lamb sausage, a lamb shank ragout, served with 64-degree eggs and a cucumber yoghurt.
It was an attractive platter, but the sausages were a little dry in texture and surprisingly (for Singapore) didn’t really have much spice. Still, it was an enjoyable lunch dish.
And of course, we pigged out on the fries, which had been dressed with a truffle emulsion.
Symmetry opened in 2012 and is a particularly good spot for a weekend breakfast, with excellent dishes, great coffee and very good service.
9 Jalan Kubor, Singapore