So exciting to be back in Singapore and checking out one of the most fabulous restaurants just off Club Street.
It will take you a little while to find Maggie Jone’s. The address that I was given was on Amoy Street but the entrance is just off Gemmill Lane (behind Amoy Street). And it’s got one of those front doors that if you’re not look, you will definitely miss it.
But don’t worry – I’ve got a few snaps for you so you can find it.
The darken doorway though does mean that it’s lovely and cool inside the restaurant.
The interior is modern – think dark wood and cooper lights – and the dining room is narrow but long. The kitchen is completely open and runs down one side of the dining room so no Gordon Ramsey style tantrums allowed, Chefs! When we get there, it’s very quite. There are only two other tables in the place but it is Monday lunchtime. lLet’s just hope the rest of the clientele isn’t wandering around Amoy St looking for it.
The restaurant also doesn’t have a website so thank god I took a picture of the menu to remember what we ate.
The menu does have starters and mains but the heat in Singapore always makes me long for picky things rather than a full plate of food so we ordered a selection of the starters and two glasses of wine to share (I think my lunch date was hoping hair of the dog would make her feel better).
The first thing to arrive was complementary sourdough bread (which I noticed was on the menu for $6) with beef fat butter. Anyone who’s asked me about Firedoor in Surry Hills knows my reaction to butter which is smoked with fat… yummy! And this didn’t disappoint. Great sourdough but amazing butter.
Next plate to arrive was the roasted cauliflower with almond gazpacho and Iberico ham. Most people know that I’m having a little moment with cauliflower and this dish definitely didn’t disappoint (yes, a cauliflower and brussel sprouts vege-bowl would be my dream dish right now). The cauliflower had a bit more bite than I was expecting but that wasn’t a bad thing. The char on the outside was really good and the dish was made by the salty ham and then the smooth almond gazpacho. I even liked the sweetness of the grapes – I know, rare for me to say.
I’m also having a moment with salmon tartar, which hands down has to be one of the best dishes ever. I loved the salmon which was chunkier than a regular salmon tartar. It has been cured with lime juice and then topped with pickled cucumber, a sour creme fraiche and loads of dill and crotons. I know that you usually push the tartar onto crisp breads but I actually really liked the texture of having the croutons mixed it.
The final dish main attraction with ordered was Gypsy Eggs. We were a little unsure what that was. It did say baked eggs on there so I was expecting something like a shakshuka and it turns out I was right. It was beautiful, just cooked fresh eggs in a really rich and warm tomato sauce with chickpeas, chorizo sausage and parmesan. More sourdough bread was bought out and we definitely got stuck in. My lunch date thought this dish cured her hangover! Huzzah!
We also added a few sides to our order. The hand cut chips were really, really good. Super crunchy on the outside but they were super soft on the inside. Perfect chips! They served them with ricotta which I hadn’t seen before and to be honest, I’m not sure that I’d have again. It was too thick and at the end of the day, I’m definitely a aioli girl.
All too soon, lunch was over and we were heading back to our conference. I would definitely recommend the food at Maggie Jones. The service was what you expect for Singapore – super quick, no frills, if you want something then ask the kitchen yourself. The atmosphere was lacking but I’m prepared to say Monday lunchtime is probably the busiest time to go.
Overall, I’ll definitely be back. If only for the hang over curing eggs…
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