Cook and Brew is an understated gastro-bar located at level 33 of Asia Square Tower 2. The branded concept restaurant under Westin Singapore harbours magnificent views of the Marina Bay area that compliments the gastronomical food creations. For those into drinking, you will be please to know that the place carries carefully curated fine wines and a selection of over 100 beers.
My previous dinner experience at Cook and Brew about a year ago was honestly a little under whelming. Thankfully they have revamped the dinner menu and it brought quite a few delightful surprises. We started the dinner with Grilled Sourdough Bread with a Cheese and Honey Spread (6SGD). Normally I would skip the bread however the pairing of the crusty, warm sourdough bread with the sweet and creamy cheese spread was simple yet heavenly.
We continued with Korean Beef Carpaccio(18SGD) the striploin, gochujang(Korean hot pepper paste) cucumber kimchi, tornado potato brought our taste buds to Korea for a moment. The beef was melt in the mouth and the other elements such as corn and chilly brought good texture.
Our next destination was Thailand with Pad Thai fries (15SGD) Sweet potato fries, chicken, prawns, dried sakura shrimp all mixed with Khun Por’s Pad Thai Sauce. Overall a interesting dish, all the ingredients were fresh and the sweet-sour Pad Thai sauce helped to open the palates. The semi soggy fries may not be a crowd pleaser but necessary to absorb the saucy goodness.
The Dean Martin Shrimp Cocktail (24SGD) offered huge tiger prawns with garlic mash and whisky beurre blanc. The prawns were fresh with a crunchy texture and not overcooked.
A dish good for group sharing would be the Black Truffle Fried Chicken (32SGD half/59SGD full) the juicy friend chicken had a nice truffle fragrance and a tangy orange ginger and lime pickle dipping sauce.
The star attraction of the night went to the Maple Miso Cod (41SGD) the tender melt in the mouth cod was cooked to perfection married with sweet maple and salty miso was simply divine.
The Foie Gras and Pork with Assorted Beans and Vegetables was not a dish on the menu and tasted alright.
Desert was Caramel Butter Tart (13SGD) and Anna Olson’s Steamed Carrot Cake(14SGD). The blood orange sherbet was extremely refreshing after a heavy meal and went well with the unique Canadian style butter tart. Tonka beans and caramelized macadamia nuts added crunch and another dimension of texture to the dish.
If you do not know Anna Olson, she is a celebrity chief with her own show “Bake with Anna Olson” on Food Network Channel. The carrot cake here was soft and moist however it had a strong licorice taste that may sit well with everyone depending on your preference.
Overall the Cook and Brew’s dishes provided many surprises for the curious palates, taking familiar elements and adding complimentary flavours that balance. The meal might seem a little pricy, to ease your wallet’s burden check out the many credit card promotions on their web page or simply sign up for a free Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership to enjoy an exclusive 15% discount on the total bill.
Cook & Brew
The Westin Singapore,
Level 33, 12 Marina View,
Asia Square Tower 2,