Gone are the days where most meals with clients are held a stone’s throw away from office belts, right smack in the CBD area. We’re blessed with a seamless transport network (although most might beg to differ!), and that allows us to venture off the beaten path to sample more exclusive, bespoke restaurants. The Naked Finn might not be located in the most convenient of places, but it enjoys its fair share of patrons during lunch on weekdays. You’ll notice cars and taxis streaming in and customers alighting in front of the restaurant for a quick bite, too.
Minimalist seafood – that’s all we could think of just by judging the name of the restaurant. But there is far more than meets the eye for first timers as we explored deeper – mix it up with the laid back charm of Gillman Barracks and you’ll be enjoying your meal in a relaxing, conducive space.
We tried the Live American lobster (Homarus americanus), along with truffle fries, and mesclun salad. For SGD$35, this is one very pricey lunch. This lobster roll has meat filled to its brim. Then again, we expect nothing less for a meal with this price tag. We might sound harsh, but Fravel also gives credit when it’s due – yes, this is still worth your hard earned cash despite its golden price tag! The lobster is meaty, fresh, tender and juicy. We would suggest consuming the roll before digging in the fries, in order not to detract from the overall lobster-consuming satisfaction!
You could spend long hours at The Naked Finn, especially on a lazy weekend. They serve quality coffee and alcohol-based drinks, too. Unlike other restaurants that draws a clear definition of its theme, we couldn’t quite figure out how to label The Naked Finn. Is it a fine dining restaurant? Or can it also be characterised as a casual dining facility? To be honest, it doesn’t really matter so long as you feel comfortable during the meal.
Give it a shot if you can squeeze in some time on a weekday for lunch, because the lobster roll is only available during lunch hours. It’s well worth the visit despite its location. We’ll be back!
Address: 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, 109442