The road map of modern cuisine is often marked with unfamiliar sights and unexpected turns. But at Avenue 87, chefs Alex Phan and Glen Tay are driving things in a different direction – the friends take a trip down memory lane at their newly opened mod-Asian restaurant. Memories of growing up, coupled with familiar hawker finds around Hougang where the pair grew up, are tapped onto as inspiration for the restaurant’s debut menu. Dinner ($76 for four courses, $98 for six courses) might feature a course of kueh pie tee, filled instead with piquant curry of sliced eggplants, semi-dried tomatoes, and curry leaves and a fish soup dish fortified with homemade anchovy buttermilk sauce, and finished with slices of compressed bitter gourd.
Living in Singapore, we're all spoilt for choice. There's tasty hawker food at unbeatable prices and cutting-edge restaurant fare that still hit the spot. Here's a look at the restaurants and cafés that serve a mix of both. These modern Singaporean joints serve food that's both familiar yet novel – and we wouldn't have it any other way.