Essen at the Pinnacle is a collection of food stalls in an air-conditioned space, food court style. Here you can find French cuisine by Garçons, innovative burgers by Burger Buddies, fried chicken wings by Two Wings, Italian food by La Stalla, Thai and Vietnamese fare by Viethai and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, especially beers and ciders. Essen is located on the ground floor of the 50-storey Pinnacle at Duxton, the most impressive HDB project in Singapore so far. Do note that because it is a huge project, locating Essen at the Pinnacle can be a challenge. We suggest you head towards the part that is closest to Craig Road which runs in front of the restaurant.
There is a big indoor space and a pleasant al fresco area. Lush plants surround the place, giving it a welcoming feel. This looks like a good location to go for happy hours after work. The food stalls are laid out on two sides of the dining hall. La Stalla, Two Wings and Viethai on one side and Garçons, Burger Buddies and the drinks stall on the other. They all run a self-service system.
Essen at The Pinnacle Menus
The various stalls in Essen have their own menus, daily specials etc. Here are pictures of some of the menus that we managed to take. This is not a complete collection.
Burger Buddies Menu
Garçons at the Pinnacle Menu
La Stalla Menu
Two Wings Menu
Essen Wine List
We tried a selection of food items from all the stalls, other than Viethai.
The La Stalla squid ink pasta with seafood ($16) was not a pretty dish. Just a blob of black on a white plate. The taste was better than its looks. The squid ink sauce was rich and thick. There were some signs of various seafood but the prawns were the dominant item. The overall dish was not bad and fair value for money at this price.
We tried the Rendang Burger ($14.90) from Burger Buddies. The burger had a 180 g beef patty topped with onions and some mashed beef rendang. The overall result was a very delicious burger. The accompanying fries were also well liked by all at table. Slightly thick, lightly fried with a moist core.
We tried a Buddy Meal ($18.90) from Two Wings – 10 pieces of chicken and two sides. The fried chicken wings did not look any different from those in other places. We were however pleasantly surprised by how crisp and juicy they were. They also managed to cook them without making them too oily. These will be the perfect companions for the long list of beers at Essen at the Pinnacle.
We tried two items from Garcons. The oxtail stew ($19.20) was served with a choice of rice, mashed potatoes or baguette. We selected the rice. The taste of the stew was very good. But the meat content was very low. These looked like very slender tail pieces.
The Raclette cheese fondue from Garcons ($13.50) was a monthly special item. The melted cheese was thankfully quite mild in flavour and should be suitable for most diners. Pieces of bread and various vegetables were available for dipping into the cheese. We especially liked the carrot sticks which combined well with the Raclette cheese. A very good dish.
It was not easy deciding what to drink as the list of beers and ciders was very interesting. In the end we had a bottle of white wine – Dr Loosen German Riesling ($58) which we thought was quite fairly priced.
Overall, Essen at the Pinnacle turned out to be an interesting place to have lunch. The variety and quality of food is good. The atmosphere is relaxed and the drinks list very interesting.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Nearby MRT Stations: Tanjong Pagar, Outram