Over a year in the re-making, Coriander Leaf marks its 14th year in the business by reopening at CHIJMES with a brand new look and diverse Asian “small plates” menu, which is categorised into five distinct flavour verticals of Fresh, Familiar, Spicy, Umami and Sweet.
Salads are predictably under the Fresh column – if you are a fan of coconuts like me, definitely try the refreshing marinated prawn salad tossed with crisp, snow white grated coconut. Next is Familiar – a list of popular dishes from the old Coriander Leaf such as no-fail miso cod and a very tasty grilled eggplant casserole that is reminiscent of the classic parmigiana. Classified as Umami is the wonderfully addictive soft shell crab covered in silky salted duck egg yolk sauce and fragrant curry leaf. Not to mention a potent bisque-like prawn sauce topped with creamy sea urchin and scrambled egg and K’s favourite meat of the night – oven roasted angus paired with an intriguing spicy dip and fish sauce.
On the Sweet end is Halo Halo, a novel Chinese and Japanese inspired dessert of Filipino origin, with old-school White Rabbit candy and condensed milk ice cream, shaved ice, leche flan, sweet potato, jackfruit, and frosted flakes. I love everything about it except the corn flakes – they add a crunchy texture, yes, but seem to cheapen the dish hmm. Substituting with nuts will be a win, I reckon. Another not-quite-there-yet dessert is the spiced lava cake with teh tarik ice cream. The latter is faultlessly creamy and rich but the cake… No flow, sigh.
I want to be back, as I have not explored much of the Spicy selections! Plus, there is that gorgeous cooking studio that is putting ideas into my head… Company social event, hehe.
marinated prawn salad, grated coconut ($15++);
rice noodle salad, roast duck, mint, coriander leaf, vietnamese basil ($12++)
grilled eggplant, chickpeas, browned butter ($12++)
miso marinated silver cod ($28++)
wok fried tiger prawns, japanese momotaro tomatoes, chilli padi ($24++)
sea urchin, scrambled egg, prawn sauce ($25++)
oven roasted, kecap manis rubbed cape grim angus, spicy dip, fish sauce, lime juice, coriander ($35++)
soft shell crab, salted duck egg yolk sauce, curry leaves ($16++)
nepalese minced chicken momo dumpling, roasted tomato relish, szechuan pepper ($10++)
white rabbit condensed milk ice cream, mango granita, leche flan, sweet potato, jack fruit, frosted flakes, shaved ice ($15++)
spiced lava cake, teh tarik ice cream
My thanks to Charissa for hosting dinner!
#02-01 CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street