The Quarters is a cafe in the new F&B extension of Icon Village at Tanjong Pagar. It aims to offer modern Singaporean dishes by marrying Asian spices with global ingredients. What does that mean? The answer is novel fusion dishes like salted egg french fries, buak keluak capellini and the signature durian creme brulee. Chung Deming, of the Durian Can Boleh pop up fame, is offering the lush smooth durian dessert and other fusion food at his permanent pop up at The Quarters.
We went to The Quarters for a weekend brunch. It is a small open space along the new food corridor in Icon Village. The decor is modern and simple. Clever use of decorative panels, colours and textures make the place quite attractive.
There were only about a dozen items offered for brunch. We ordered interestingly named dishes – Uncle John ($12), Uncle Ben ($14.50), Ma Jie’s Indulgence ($18) and The Last Samurai ($14.80).
Uncle John was deep-fried french toast topped with chicken and generous amount of sweet chilli sauce. It was fine but not something we would crave for. Uncle Ben, as you might have guessed, was a variation of the egg Benedict. It was poached eggs on ham with house sauce. It was nice but nothing very exciting or exceptional.
Ma Jie’s Indulgence was pasta with chilli crab sauce. The capellini was cooked just right to give it a good texture. There was a generous amount of sweetish chilli crab sauce that did taste very much like the delicious chilli crab sauce you would find in popular seafood restaurants. It was an enjoyable dish. It might be a tad pricy for a small bowl of pasta but the mitigating factor would be the real crab meat used for the dish.
The Last Samurai was a ciabatta sandwich with teriyaki beef and fried egg. It was quite a huge sandwich and also came with fries. The Japanese flavours mingled with the juicy steak made the concoction a delicious one.
The Quarterade ($5) – made with lemon, mint, dill and soda was a rather exotic mixture which was pleasant and refreshing. Cappuccino and latte were at $5.50 each.
Some of the brunch items, like the Last Samurai and the Ma Jie’s Indulgence, are also on The Quarters’ regular main menu. Other interesting items on the main menu includes the Umami Babi (braised pulled pork with Chinese buns), Bibik en Vogue (rempah with minced pork in kueh pie tee cups), Baba’s Delight (rempah with chicken and potato baguette) and Laksa Bomb (laksa broth with poached egg, served with toast).
Combining elements of different culinary traditions does not always work but the Quarters has done quite well with its Singaporean versions of well-known Western staples. The dishes are interesting and their prices reasonable. When we feel like a change from the usual or a good durian dessert, we would visit The Quarters again.
16 Enggor Street #01-09
Tel : +65 6834 4174
Nearby Stations : Tanjong Pagar
#Street Fact – Enggor Street is named after the town of Enggor in Perak, Malaysia that is located along the Perak River near Kuala Kangsar. Enggor is the Malay name for a type of freshwater catfish.