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Flavour of the Month: Krish (closed)

Krish (closed)
9 Rochester Park
+65 6779 4644

When an American chef trained in classic French cooking met two South Indian restaurateurs, two contrasting cuisines came together and Krish was born.

This contemporary South Asian-influenced European eatery is set in a beautifully renovated black-and-white colonial house in the heart of Rochester Park, which automatically gives it head start.

Matthew Barker is a forward-thinking chef, but his presentation is unmistakably classic French. Take the pork belly tikka ($14) appetiser for example, served with European flair but infused with flavours from the East, most notably a zingy tamarind reduction that packs a punch. Or the delicious carrot ravioli ($12), containing the three essential ingredients in French cuisine – butter, butter and more butter – with a hint of spice, and complemented with sweet, juicy pomegranate seeds.

When eating is your hobby, it is always pleasant to discover something new and inventive. My curried duck ($34) was a robust and rich confit of tender shredded meat, served with a fennel salad and another palate-refreshing tamarind reduction and topped with slices of seared breast. James’s beautifully firm and delicately flavoured papadam-crusted snapper ($20) came with sautéed zucchini and squash, creamy potato puree and a fresh mint-coriander emulsion.

If there is anything that puts me off a restaurant, it’s a gigantic menu. As a Libran, I have enough difficulty with decision-making as it is. So finding only seven main courses on the exceedingly trim Krish menu was pleasantly undaunting. The drinks menu, on the other hand, is satisfyingly substantial, with delicious cocktails (see On the Bar below), and a good selection of wine by the bottle or glass.

The desserts are as inventive as everything else, but on my next visit I will probably skip the saffron cheesecake foam ($12) and head straight for the Valrhona chocolate Frangelico ($12) with pink peppercorn sauce and mint yoghurt sorbet, which is, quite simply, amazing.

Note: Prices stated are subject to change and may not include taxes and service charges.