Saturday, September 18, 2021

Avenue 87 @ Amoy Street - The Second Edition Tasting Menu And A Cosy Cocktail Den


I visited Avenue 87 when it first opened its doors in September 2020. Fast forward to now, a year later, the duo co-Chef-Founders Glen Tay and Alex Phan presents a brand new tasting menu and a new bar. The tasting menu is available in five and seven courses ($98++ and $142++).

Trio of Snacks 4/5

Our dinner starts with a Trio of Snacks - Kueh Pie Tee, Prawn Sphere and Camembert. The second iteration of the Kueh Pie Tee is a vegetarian adaption of rojak, which comprises cucumber, green apple, turnip, sesame seeds and crispy shallots tossed in rojak balsamic sauce. Get a burst of umami flavours from the prawn sphere inspired by the local prawn noodle soup. The green mango chutney further accentuates the soft and creamy Camembert.

Amberjack 4/5

Our first course is Amberjack marinated with sesame oil and ponzu, served with ribbons of kohlrabi, sesame powder, mustard sorbet, and garnished with banana shallot chips. The sesame oil and powder lends a touch of familiarity and brightens the refreshing course.

Tofu 3.5/5

The Tofu course is inspired by the local heritage dish - Tao Kwa Bao. Avenue 87's rendition comes in double-fried pressed tofu stuffed with Japanese cucumber, OmniMeat, shallots, garlic, slivers of red radish, and oolong tea braised quail egg. It is finished with a luscious braise reduction.

Monkey Head 4/5

The Monkey Head course comes in the form of a Do-It-Yourself Mala Hot Pot. Diners can have a little fun picking up the individually packed reduced bone broth and house-made mala oil and pour them into the ceramic pot of distilled broth. Next, add the platter of monkey head mushroom, cordyceps mushrooms, shark's fin melon, and hairy gourd into the broth. The soup is light and refreshing. Though slight spicy, it is not mala numbing, allowing the diners to enjoy the lovely ingredients.

Daikon 4/5

The Daikon course is the chefs' recreation of the local black and white carrot cake. The fried housemade radish cake is topped with XO Sauce, pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, and served with mussel squid ink sauce and butter yuzu foam. I enjoyed the crispy exterior of the radish cake, while the mussel squid ink sauce reminds me of the dark sauce used in fried black carrot cake.

Beef Short Ribs 4.5/5

Our main course is USDA Prime Beef Short Ribs served with garlic fried rice, spring onions tossed in sesame oil, and an orange reduction on the side. It is a gastronomic delight with the tender meat glazed with house blend char siew sauce made with fermented beancurd and five spice powder.

Pre-dessert 3/5

Pre-dessert is Osmanthus Jelly with Pomelo, Goji Berries and Plum Powder. Unfortunately, I didn't quite enjoy it. I was hoping for something sweeter and more refreshing to prepare me for dessert.

Coconut 3.5/5

We wrapped up our dinner with two desserts - Coconut and Taro. Both desserts are creative takes of our local favourites - Chendol and Orh Nee. Served in a glass, the Coconut comes in layers of adzuki beans, gula jawa, coconut risotto rice and pandan jelly topped with corn espuma rice puffs. Have all the layers of flavours together, and you will get that familiar characteristic of the local chendol.

Taro 4/5

As for the Taro, the orh nee dessert is presented in the form of yam puree and ice cream, served with roasted butternut roasted pumpkin squash, rum-infused gingko nuts, pumpkin seed financier and olive oil caviar.


Hidden and can only access by the back of the restaurant is Lounge at Avenue 87, a speakeasy bar on level 2 of the restaurant. The new bar exudes cool and relaxed vibes with velvety dark green tones and glossy finishes. Deep forest green walls are complemented with wooden panels, while the dark cement screed reflects light streaming in from the French windows. A sleek black granite bar counter stretches across the black marbled bar, running parallel to the easy lounge seating of green leather sofa and wooden coffee tables. Next to the French windows at the end of the lounge is a cosy alcove of a spacious U-shaped sofa and coffee tables.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Avenue 87
47 Amoy Street
Singapore 069873
Tel: +65 98388401/ 69705491
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sat 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm
(Closed on Tue, Sun and PH)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Amoy Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Telok Ayer Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

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