Arrange by a bunch of 4 buddies whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been buds for years, every with their very own experience in enterprise or the F&B scene, No Milk Bistro is the brand new dual-concept, fusion joint on the town. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a two-story store home unit situated steps from the Aliwal Arts Centre, in a chill a part of Bugis that escapes the neighborhoodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hungry crowds.
Right here, the primary stage homes an informal, no-frills fish soup eatery. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so unassuming that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no correct signal bearing its title, simply the phrases Ã¢â‚¬Å“fish soupÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“barÃ¢â‚¬Â in neon-plated Mandarin. Based mostly on a decades-old recipe of Teochew-style fish soup that, like its title suggests, is devoid of milk, the menu focuses on its star dish in varied renditions.
Whether or not itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sliced mackerel ($6), fried sea bass ($6), or a mixture of the 2 ($7), the dish may be custom-made with carbs like steamed rice, thick or skinny bee hoon, mee sua, porridge, mee tai mak, or kway tiao. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s additionally the choice of seafood soup ($7) and dry egg noodles with grilled pork stomach or fish stomach ($8), plus add-ons resembling prawns, fish roe, fried egg floss, seaweed, and broccoli.
Do you have to want extra meat to finish your meal, order a pair sides of house-made ngor hiang ($2, 5 spice pork rolls in bean curd pores and skin) or char siew ($6.90).
The fish soup itself is mild and clear, but flavorful, like one thing your grandma would simmer for hours within the kitchen simply to nourish you with consolation meals while youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re beneath the climate. However in the event youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in search of one thing spicier, the handmade egg noodles doused in a fiery mala chilli sauce that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t numb your whole mouth might very properly rival your favourite go-to noodle stall.
Come night time, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a wholly completely different ball recreation upstairs. Stroll previous the pink neon Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pop it prefer itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ScorchingÃ¢â‚¬Â signal and also youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll end up on the second flooring bistro, with a bar counter, excessive tables, and an alfresco rooftop space. The view isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a lot to shout about, however it makes for a chill hangout spot in the event you occur to be within the space.
Leaning away from the normal, the bistro menu dabbles in Mexican and Italian cuisines, blended with a splash of native influences, due to the chefÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prior stints in locations like MargaritaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.
Certain, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve acquired bar bites resembling fried hen wings ($14.80/eight), mini prawn chimichangas ($12.80) and con queso with corn chips ($7), however thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s additionally a line-up of charcoal grilled meats, together with a Ã¢â‚¬Å“secret recipeÃ¢â‚¬Â pork stomach and selfmade black char siew ($12.80 every). Every tender chew virtually melts in your mouth Ã¢â‚¬â€ you already know all that fats might be going to your hips, however you receivedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be capable to cease your self anyway.
Additionally of observe is the tequila-marinated Angus beef thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s served Mexican type with a tortilla wrap, bitter cream, pico de gallo, and mashed potatoes ($24).
Do depart house for the number of recent tagliatelle, although. Made in-house with simply flour and egg, the chewy pastas tackle an Asian affect in dishes like 12-hour stewed beef rendang ($16.80), mala bacon and shiitake ($15.80), and Thai crimson curry with tiger prawns ($18.80).
Now, if solely the carbs got here in an even bigger portion to line our stomachs earlier than theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re full of yakult sojus, cocktails, and craft beers Ã¢â‚¬â€ all comparatively affordably priced from $10 to $20.
No Milk Bistro is at 18 Pahang St.
6291-5854. First flooring eatery: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; second flooring bistro: Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight.
MRT: Nicoll Freeway/Bugis
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