A cheeky slant on traditional Chinese cuisines sounds quirky enough to entice Singaporeans. We have to admit that Singaporeans are a restless bunch, expressing the constant “need” to try different food. They must be exemplary too, if not comments online might spell doom for the outlet. The harsh reality of modern dining, explained by Fravel without mincing our words.
But hey, Lokkee by TungLok Group dares to make the step up, serving up a unique twist on local delights. Situated at Plaza Singapura, it aims to increase the level of diversity of Singapore’s restaurant landscape. How did we find it? Let’s find out!
Our first dish was Foie Gras Cherries (SGD$28). It sounds and looks “atas”, and it tastes brilliant. The cherries are segmented in 2 portions – one with actual cherries and another infused with foie gras. Spread the “cherries” onto the bread, and then finish it off with the actual cherries. A bespoke starter that’s well worth the order!
Next up will be the Flaming Pineapple Beef (SGD$30). Wait a couple of minutes for the flames to extinguish, before indulging in tender, juicy beef. One of the star dishes that tastes as good as it looks.
This reminds us of molecular XLBs served in fine dining restaurants. Xiao Long Bao Soup for SGD$7 per serving. These are XLB “spheres” in clear seafood broth, stewed for over 6 hours. Dedication, redefined.
Visually appealing, just like other dishes we ordered. These sweet & sour pork skewers taste pretty unique, too. Pork balls skewered with “kumquat” preserves – not your usual yakitori selection – but still very satisfying.
This might sound like a dish derived from an Egyptian cuisine, but the 3-egg pyramid brocolli can’t get any more Chinese than this. This is served with 3-egg sauce made of chicken, duck and century eggs – a winning combination that should be enjoyed with a bowl of rice if you still have the appetite for other dishes…
Yes, we couldn’t do without desserts. The Magic Mushroom Custard Buns pack a pretty sweet punch beneath the buns that looks like they have been struck by relentless bolts of lightning. According to the menu, custard is supposed to ooze out of the bun, but it was much drier than expected. Remember to pair it with the whipped cream – that makes all the difference!
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-01, Plaza Singapura, 238839