In our constant quest to find good restaurants in Singapore, a friend recently recommended we try Nouri Restaurant, a newly-opened establishment on Amoy street. We looked it up, and what we found online was enough to pique our interests.
Nouri Restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Ivan Brehm, who spent 4 years under Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in London (still the biggest thing on A’s restaurant wishlist!), and also earned The Kitchen at Bacchanalia its first Michelin Star last year. The name ‘Nouri’ itself is latin for ‘nourishment’, and the cuisine is described as “crossroads cooking”, meaning dishes take on influences from all around the globe.
We booked a table for lunch last week, and suffice to say, it totally lived up to expectations.
Review: Omakase Lunch at Nouri Restaurant Singapore
The lunch menu at Nouri was quite simple. We could choose dishes a la carte – options included items like spring chicken, vegetable curry, or wagyu rump steak, all served Teishoku-style – or we could go for the 5-course Omakase lunch. Naturally, we went for the Omakase option 😉
The Omakase option was designed to be a tasting menu and an introduction to Nouri’s cuisine. It started with vegetable broth served in a small shots glass, served with slices of sourdough and parsley butter. The diners beside us on the chef’s counter had a lot of fun guessing what vegetables went into the broth, scoring a handful correct answers including onions, leek, and iceberg lettuce.
Our first course, to O’s delight, was burrata. It was light and fluffy, with every bite delivering different tinges of sweet and sour and salty – even A, who doesn’t usually enjoy burratas, thought it was quite lovely.
The second course, the white pinto bean fritters, was our favorite. This was supposed to be the epitome of Chef Ivan’s crossroads cooking, marrying inspirations from different parts of the globe. The crisp golden brown fritter was surprisingly light, and the intensely flavourful curry was the perfect complement. We both loved the curry so much we practically scraped our plates clean.
Next came the maitake mushrooms. We both thought this was okay, good but overshadowed by the bean fritters. The broth was very refreshing though, so it served as a good halfway point after the intense curry. If you like mushrooms you’ll probably love this, but we are of the opinion that you can do fantastic things with mushrooms and still it will taste… like mushrooms. Heh.
For the fourth course we had fish, which we also loved. This was the best fish dish A has had in a while – the fish texture was just right. It was tender and juicy, but still firm that it didn’t disintegrate at the touch of a fork.
We finished the meal with banana mousse, which made for a lovely sweet ending. O thought it was a tad too sweet, but we both agree that the buckwheat crumble was really nice. We also decided to get some matcha green tea to cleanse our palate after the meal.
Verdict? At SGD 85 per person, this Omakase set lunch is one of the best in town. Sure it is not exactly a five-times-a-week kind of lunch, but if you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a nice weekday lunch in the city, this is the perfect option.
As of the time of ur visit, Nouri had only been around for 6-7 weeks, but it didn’t feel like a fledgling new restaurant at all. The food was amazing, the service lovely, and the restaurant manages to exude a cool, chic atmosphere without being patronizing. Chef Ivan was also super friendly, going around and talking to the diners, and we even got a photo with him 😉
Needless to say, we’ll be recommending Nouri to everyone we know in the near future. It is still relatively under the radar for now, so do yourself a favour a book a table at Nouri soon!
Nouri Restaurant Address: 72 Amoy St, Singapore 069891 Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 11.30AM - 3PM, 6PM - 12AM Sat 6PM - 12AM Website: http://nouri.com.sg/