308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park
6235 9008 | commune.com.sg
“What’s in the mint and ginger so da?” my overly keen husband asked the waitress at Vietnamese gem Commune Bistro. “Er, mint and ginger with soda.”
Tucked away in Phoenix Park, Commune has the coolest interior, with contemporary white brickwork softened by vases of flowers and piles of coffee table cookbooks.
The Asian fusion cuisine is equally fabulous. Paul tucked into goi du du ($13.50), a green papaya salad with just enough pickles and herbs to kick his man-flu.
I, with a glass of Australian De Bortoli DB Family Semillion Chardonnay ($10) in hand, opted for do diep nuong ($18.50), pan-seared scallops with a gingery, spicy and sweet sauce.
Mains were bo quan sa ($26.50), grilled slices of Wagyu beef wrapped around lemongrass stalks (tip: to be eaten like a lollipop) and served with rice vermicelli, and ca chien thit kho ($28.50) – an unlikely but perfect combination of pan-fried barramundi and stewed caramelised pork belly with eggplant.
For dessert, we shared a simple cheesecake with the nicest biscuit base I’ve tasted in ages, and cups of mint tea to wash it down.
A soda for an aperitif and mint tea for a nightcap? Hmm… I think we’re growing up. We’ll be back to try Commune’s brunch menu.
Must-try dish: Bo quan sa