51 Duxton Road, 089515
Three young guys (a talented chef and his pals) are behind this shophouse bar and restaurant – and you can absolutely tell. It’s hip in a laid-back sense, with local artwork on the walls and an emphasis on comfort. Dibs is all about chilling out with your mates and eating great modern European grub.
Chef Leong’s aim is to take inexpensive cuts and ingredients and whip them into something unique. The shared starter of escargots ($18), snails braised in wheat beer, is a cracking way to try these morsels for the first time. My abhorrence for Brussels sprouts ($10) also went out of the window – from now on, I’ll get my gran to serve them up like this, with jalapeño peppers, Rice Krispies and calamansi dressing.
The steak and radish ($34) promises to “steal the show and your girlfriend”. Well, we’ve been together for four days and we’re very happy. Featuring 24-hour-cooked short ribs and radish chips, it’ll make off with your bloke, too.
Oriental mussels ($26) with miso and ginger are soaked up with a crusty baguette, and you’ve got to finish up with bacon and apples ($14). The warm pie arrives with buttermilk ice cream and fried bacon, like a calorific hug.
Tip: If you’re after affordable wine, Dibs’s house pours are $12 a glass, and bottles start at $50.
Must-try Dish: Steak and radish