Cook & Tras at Six Senses Maxwell is a Social Library restaurant and bar that houses more than 3,000 titles on topics curated by the United Kingdom’s Ultimate Library. Even before settling in, you may find yourself wandering from 'room' to 'room', partitioned by the shelves of books, which cover topics ranging from wellness and nutrition to climate change and sustainability, even natural history. You are invited to pick up any of these books to accompany your time at Cook & Tras. While the books nourish your mind, the brand new Straits Heritage and Southern European menu shall take care of your soul. Align with Eat With Six Senses programme, Executive Chef Ian Mancais takes extra care in creating dishes that are healthy and clean, using sustainable and organic ingredients, including local produce.
Vine Tomatoes & Mixed Melon (sharing portion) 3.5/5
A great way to wake up the palate is this Vine Tomatoes & Mixed Melon ($22), featuring homemade citrus granite, burrata and lemon balm vinaigrette. The sweet vine tomatoes soaked up the lemon balm vinaigrette really well, which was really sour at some bites. It was this level of acidity that worked with the tangy granite, the sweet melon and creamy burrata.
Lean Green Kale 3/5
Too green for some, but I love the crunch in this Lean Green Kale ($18), showcasing the beauty of simply vegetables by tossing the various vegetables in mustard seed dressing.
Steak Chimichurri 2.8/5
Librarian’s Signatures include the Steak Chimichurri, available in Tenderloin ($65), Rib Eye ($55) or Sirloin ($45) cut. It is served with roasted garlic puree and house-made chimichurri sauce. While the chimichurri sauce cut the richness of the meat, the combination with the pickled onions was too acidic.
Baked Barramundi 4.5/5
I very much preferred the Baked Barramundi ($28), served with natural yogurt, pickled pineapple achar, shredded iced leek and lemon olive oil. An interesting element on this dish was the addition of dark soy sauce, which lent a dark, sweet flavour to the dish. The barramundi was baked till perfection. It was so moist and tender, a texture that I would expect from a fresh catch.
Iberico Pork Sate 4/5
If you manage to get some time off between 11 am to 3pm, drop by for its $9 Hawker Fare Express. Although using premium ingredients do not always equate to better execution of the dish, but this Iberico Pork Sate ($9) has all the elements done right. Using Iberico pork, the skewers were naturally tender, and the tumeric rub gave them the sate's its characteristic colour and flavours. The Peanut sauce was robust, and the ketupat had a slight fluffiness to it. I love the achar too, which was pickled with bay leaves for its health benefits.
Red & Keep Popping ($16) serves as a palate cleanser before desserts. Pop it into your mouth like an oyster and outburst the sour concoction of sour plum, hibiscus, osmanthus.
Black on Black 4.2/5
Black on Black ($22) is one of my favourite dishes of the night. Using 72% Single Origin Araguni chocolate, all the different textural chocolate elements on the dish were bittersweet, with the tuile extra dark and bitter. But this dessert wouldn't be completed without the classic pairing with sour cherry, which was discreetly made into Bamboo Charcoal Cherry sorbet served at the side.
Camp Fire S’mores 2.5/5
The Camp Fire S’mores ($20) made quite an entrance with smoke hovering over the cute torched marshmallow. The smoke seemed to coat every component on the dish, and not all were palatable.
Cook & Tras's new menu is extensive not just on food, but beverages as well, which includes Kombucha and special tonics. The mirrored ceiling and the custom-designed European furnishings may seem rather opulent at first glance, but the surrounding dark-wood shelvings and warm lights provide an intimate and cosy ambience. Alone or with a group, I believe there will be an ideal spot for you.
Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
Cook & Tras Social Library
Six Senses Maxwell
20 Cook Street
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Mon-Sun: 630am - 12midnight
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Tras Street. Turn right onto Tras Street. Walk down Tras Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes [Map]