Food Review - FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (Boon Tat Street)Friday, April 10, 2015
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc.
ON I ma Suoires.
No, I am serious.
When I wanted to geotag the place on my Instagram, I thought someone created gibberish for them.
"Who can be more evil than Evilbean, anyhow create the geotag for them?!"
And then, from the corner of my eye, I saw their menu flash..
"Oh........ the owners created the gibberish themselves."
Grilled Fresh Fruit Juice ($4.50)
This caught my eye the moment we got the menu. GRILLED fruit juice? Won't my juice evaporate from the heat then?
If you are smarter than me, then you would have guessed that the "grill" from the grilled fruit juice would actually be on the fruit itself rather than the liquid. Yes smart people, the bartenders grill the seasonal fruits before juicing, which gives the fruit juice a rich, caramalised flavour. We tasted a strong, sweet syrup at the bottom of the glass, and I am guessing that is either honey or sugar syrup. Either ways, I really liked their grilled fruit juice!
Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea ($4.50)
Depending on the availability of their cups, you might either be served in this cute glass vase-shaped thing, or in a regular cup. The Hibiscus Mint Tea is a mix of hibiscus tea with fresh apple juice and infused mint syrup. The tea is SUPER REFRESHING with the infusion of the mint!
Baked Half Bone Marrow ($15)
Veal Sweetbreads (Comes with Bone Marrow)
This was interesting to me as I have never really eaten a bone marrow served like that. Spiked with exotic tastes of Thai Basil and Asian spices, this is one of the most European-Asian fusion food I have seen.
You see that sea of bits underneath the bone marrow? DO NOT SPRINKLE A CHUNK OF THEM LIKE I DID. They are actually salt. A pinch of salt is okay, but if you dip the whole bread in the salt, like I did.. well.. the nearest kidney dialysis centre is at 81 Kim Keat road.
Baked Freshly Shucked Oysters ($15)
Noble sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi all goes into these oysters.
But actually, oysters are already good with just lemon and tobasco. I found the excessive condiments to be overkill and did not really enhance the taste of the oyster; I couldn't taste the sea.
Baked Aubergine & Chickpea Ragout ($10)
The chewy eggplants and chickenpea stew is topped off with miso, bechamel and parmesan cheese in this dish. Bechamel sauce is a common condiment in European cuisines, and is usually seen in dishes like Lasagne, Fisherman's Pie, and Croque-monsieur. Without the chickpeas for the texture, the combination of eggplants, parmesan and bechamel might be a little too "nua" and gel-like.
Therefore, if you order this, remember to eat everything together - you gotta eat the chickpeas man.
Five-spice Half Chicken, Striploin & Asian-spiced Tiger Prawn ($55)
This platter is a MAMMOTH. With chicken, prawns and cow, this is a dish which you definitely have to share unless you have a mammoth appetite. The platter is also served with house salad with java curry dressing, and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.
That house salad with java curry? I have never eaten a salad that is fused with curry, and let me tell you, this curry salad is sooo good, Muthu will be proud.
And look at that gigantic chicken. Going with the concept of the restaurant with its rustic decor and ancient wall murals, I am guessing that the chef wants us to eat this chicken caveman-style? It can be really hard to eat with forks and knives, so this is the time your hands should do the work.
Also, our table felt that the striploin in this platter tasted better than the ribeye.
Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days ($32)
The ribeye cut is supposed to be one of the richest and beefiest cut with its fats and meat melting in your mouth. However, as you can see in the picture, there isn't any fats, which made this very long-and-detailed-named beef very underwhelming. Given that this was a ribeye cut, the meat was expectedly tougher and just.. very disappointing.
Spiced Deboned Red Snapper ($25)
Our table was getting frustrated trying to take a photo of this snapper. The comments after checking our photos were: "The fish looks dead". And rightfully so! After taking like 20 shots of this snapper and on the verge of snapping, I looked at the dish and told them:
"Maybe it's the eyes"
So I took my fork...
And flicked the OLIVE EYE AWAY. IT WAS AN OLIVE. The real eyes were gone.
Served with the sambal balacan, this fish was quite a delight to eat, and this is coming from Evilbean who is not a fan of fish (because fish bones). Wonderfully deboned, I could just dig, dip and eat. As a survivor of the World Spiciest Ramen and Samyang Ramen, I found that the samba balacan wasn't even spicy, but that is just me.
Whole Maine Lobster ($35)
It's lunchtime! Here's the Whole Maine Lobster from my media tasting yesterday at @FYR.SG Just look at that golden, creamy bechamel sauce that is torched and slathered across its body.. Drizzle the huge lemon for that appetising citrus-y smell, and savour the tender, juicy lobster meat! OH WHY AM I SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN? 🏊 #4point5evilbeans #FYRsg #Lobster
THIS. THIS IS ONE OF THE STAR FOR THE NIGHT - the Whole Mained Lobster! This gigantic lobster is served with golden, creamy bechamel sauce that is torched and slathered across its body. With a hint of lemon, lemongrass and shallot, this was such a treat! FYR, can you have a buffet for this? I WILL DEVOUR ALL YOUR LOBSTERS.
Seafood Linguine ($15)
Lobster bisque, laksa leaves and Thai basil are tossed with this Seafood Linguine. This might look like our Hokkien Mee with clams, but it is not. The rich lobster bisque makes slurping the linguine a wonderful experience, and the laksa leaves and basil leaves behind a sour and spicy flavour in your mouth.
Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream ($10)
Another star from FYR - this baked pistachio melt and pandan ice-cream was SO AWESOME.
Close your eyes and imagine: A soft, fluffy pandan cake stuffed inside your mouth, and upon coming into contact with your tongue melts into warm, smooth and rich pandan liquid while someone pours fragrant pistachio into your nose. And a whiff of cinnamon wafts through the air.. OKAY I KNOW YOU DIDN'T CLOSE YOUR EYES . But wow, this Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream is totally a #5evilbeans dessert!
This dessert is limited in quantity as the pandan ice-cream needs 24 hours to prepare in house. If you get to eat this, it is your lucky day!
Except for the dessert, all of FYR's cuisines and dishes are whipped up using Josper Charcoal Oven - paying tribute to a time when food was cooked atop wood chunks and over a roaring fire. The chefs of FYR actually use lychee wood (!!), which gives the dishes a wonderful smoky note that is tinged with sweetness.
The decor and ambience of the restaurant is a huge plus, and is a refreshing sight from the usual "industrial-minimalist" look that most cafes in Singapore are adopting. And the tunes that they played that day were all soft-rock songs that people in the 80s might be familiar with. The waiters were all very friendly and prompt with their service, something that is a rarity in the F&B industry nowadays.
Restaurant Rating (out of 5 Evilbeans):
And if it has been bugging you ever since, FYR Cycene Ond Drinc is actually Old English, and is pronounced as FIRE Kitchen And Drink. Now you can finally get that out of your mind.
Lunch Promo - $25++ for 2 Courses, $29++ for 3 Courses
House Pour Wine at $38 - with any order of two main courses during Lunch
Keep Clam and Happy Hour on: Drinks starting from $7.80 all day, everyday
Evilbean's last words/recommendation:
- Rustic decor and cute storied wall murals, coupled with attentive service crew and food as recommended by the Evilbean, will ensure that your dining experience here will be as interesting as the first time the caveman discovered FYR/Fire!
- MUST-ORDER: Grilled Fresh Fruit Juice, Whole Maine Lobster, Seafood Linguine, Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069619
Nearest MRT line: Telok Ayer
Nearest MRT line: Telok Ayer
Tel: +65 6221 3703