Signature Stone Restaurant is the new kid at the row of shop houses along Havelock Road where it houses the popular G7 Liang Kee, Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee and several other eateries. The concept is quite similar to claypot rice except that it uses stone pot that retains the heat and keeping the food warm. As I was worried that the lunch would be heavy, I asked Nicole and Kimberly to join me.
Stone Pot Big Prawns Soup 4.2/5
We started lunch with the Stone Pot Big Prawns Soup ($10.90 small, $19.60 big). Swimming in the pot of hot piping soup, the tiger prawns were big and crunchy. The hearty soup was packed with a nice balanced of herbs and distinct prawns flavours which really surprised me with its watered down appearance.
Wine Chicken 3.5/5
When I ordered the Wine Chicken ($8) side dish, I thought it was a dish similar to the Shanghai Drunken Chicken. I did not expect that it is served in a stone pot of chicken pieces, mushroom and chilli. While the dish was nice and enjoyable, I could not taste any traces of wine in the dish.
Onion Cheese Mushroom Omelette 3/5
I was craving for egg so I ordered the Onion Cheese Mushroom Omelette ($6). The omelette was nothing fancy just homely cooked food that was thick and fluffy. Maybe I was unfortunate cause I did not manage to find any mushroom in my omelette. It was also not as cheesy as I would have like.
The highlight of Signature Stone Restaurant is their version of claypot rice using stone pot. To suit the palate of the younger generation, the restaurant has introduced a western version of claypot rice such as Stone Pot Ham & Cheese Rice, Stone Pot Lemony Scallop and many more.
The stone pot serving is for individual portion. Upon serving, the server will drizzle some sweetened dark soy sauce over the rice and fold it. If you prefer your rice to be darker, you can add more of the sweetened dark soy sauce.
Stone Pot Garlic Herb Salmon 4.2/5
For the western flavour Stone Pot, I ordered the Stone Pot Garlic Herb Salmon ($12.30). It was a good choice with the aroma of the garlic instantly hit the nostrils when it was served. There is also an advantage of using stone pot over claypot cause you get layers after layers of burnt crispy rice. Why so? The first fold of the rice brings the burnt rice to the top. While eating the top portion of the rice, the stone pot is still cooking the rice at the bottom. Hence when we fold again, we get to enjoy another layer of burnt crispy rice.
Stone Pot Sliced Pork with Salted Fish 4/5
For a taste of tradition, I tried the Stone Pot Sliced Pork with Salted Fish ($8.20) that comes with sliced pork, chinese sausages, mushroom and salted fish. I like the fact that beside the salted fish in the stone pot, it also comes with a separate saucer with finely diced salted fish to be pour and mixed with the rice so each mouthful comes with a good blend of salted fish, sweetened dark soy sauce and rice.
Overall I like the concept of Signature Stone Restaurant. However for an individual stone pot serving portion, I think is a bit pricey. Probably they can provide a little more ingredients for the stone pot so that it gives the customer an impression that they are getting value in return.
Signature Stone Restaurant
729 Havelock Road
Tel: +65 62719918
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)
Daily: 11am - 10pm
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to PSB Academy. At the junction of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee and Bukit Ho Swee Crescent, cross the road walk towards the HDB flats. Cut through the HDB flats and walk towards block 40. Walk to the shop houses behind block 40 along Havelock Road. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]