Amidst the low rise residential Opera Estate, along a lane with the cultured name of Swan Lake Avenue, there is a row of scraggy general industrial premises. Amidst the rather unkempt industrial surroundings, there is a charming little bar and restaurant simply called Slake. It has an interesting list of beers and single malt whiskies and a modest menu of unique delectable dishes. It describes itself as a contemporary Asian kitchen and gastropub, though it serves mainly western food with elements from Peranakan and Vietnamese cuisines.
The answer to the mystery of the unusual location of Slake turns out to be a simple and logical one. Chef-owner Jeremy Cheok (of Kampung Bahru bistro OKB) was scouting around for a central kitchen. He found the perfect kitchen space at the Swan Lake industrial premises, which had a small existing dining space at the front. He tied up with a partner, Alison, to take full advantage of the dine-in space by operating a gastropub there. Slake serves food prepared by the central kitchen in the back.
The small eatery has a simple clean decor dominated by beautiful wooden chairs and stools. There is a small alfresco dining area (but we would avoid that area as the neighbours’ waste bins are little too close for comfort).
We ordered the Sweet Potato Mash ($5) and Char Siew Chicken ($18) from the menu and the Mushroom Cream Noodles ($15) from the Daily Special Board.
The food was served very promptly. The savoury Sweet Potato Mash was nicely done but not particularly exciting.
The chicken and noodles were both well presented. We liked the red pomegranates on the greens as garnishes on the otherwise plain looking noodles.
The Char Siew Chicken was a fusion dish that was well done. The grilled marinated chicken with a sweetish sauce was tasty and enjoyable. The cream noodles was an interesting dish with many ingredients – mushrooms, shallots, beans, pomegranates and more with cream sauce. Some of the ingredients added contrasts in a refreshing way but on the whole we found the concoction a bit too complicated for our taste.
Margherita waffle ($17), coconut cream clams ($19), stuffed squid ($18) and slow-cooked US Angus beef ($26) are other interesting items on the menu we would like to try. Sticky date pudding, bacon ice cream and beer floats would also be good reasons for us to return to Slake. Cosy atmosphere, good prompt service, free water, no service charge and no GST – Slake is a good a place to go when we need to slake our thirst and hunger.
Food : 3
Service : 4
Value : 4
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
15 Swan Lake Avenue
Tel : 65 243 6220
Mon-Thurs : 6:00pm-11:00pm
Fri & Sat : 5:00pm – Late
Closed on Sunday.
#Street Fact – Swan Lake Avenue is one of the many streets in Opera Estate named after operas – examples of other street names in the estate are Tosca, Figaro, Fidelio, Carmen and Dido; although, strictly speaking, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is a ballet and not an opera.
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