Fynn’s is a casual modern Australia restaurant in Singapore. We had first visited Fynn’s in 2016 when it first opened at South Beach (see our earlier post here). At that time we did not really think about what kind of restaurant was it. We were back there again for brunch recently. This time, it got us thinking – what exactly is modern Australian cuisine?
Australia restaurant in Singapore
I did some quick internet research on what is modern Australian cuisine. I am afraid I have not been able to find a clear-cut answer. But some of these statements from a couple of Australian food experts might provide some insights. I am not sure that they answer the question, but at least I know I am not alone facing that difficulty.
What is modern Australian cuisine? by O Tama Carey (SBS) : “Historically, influences and the exchange of ideas and ingredients from place to place took hundreds of years, but now food fads travel the world lightning fast and food – or its image at least – can be shared in an instant. Overlooking regionality becomes a casuality in the desire to follow trends. Food then becomes “a mishmash of influences generally labeled ‘Contemporary’ in self-defence” as critic Terry Durack said in a review of a Sydney restaurant earlier this year. This is a modern phenomenon, worldwide cuisine suffering from sameness. Is Australia a land of contemporary food lacking a backbone of tradition?“
What Is Australian Food, Really? by Anthony Huckstep (Taste)
“... But from a culinary perspective, we’ve found our footing—off the backs of generations that came before. They’ve gifted today’s Australian chefs the license to simply cook the food they love to eat. A manifestation of a myriad of cultures has contributed to the communal table, where conviviality rules over any pigeonholed ideal of what “Australian cuisine” should be… Confused? Well, so are we. But gee, the grub is good, and so is the atmosphere. Bring a fork. Pick up your chopsticks. Use your hands. Even wear a bib. Whatever works. Just head down and tuck in.”
The two things that have changed since our first visit. The seating capacity outdoors have increased and so has the popularity of the place. It was fully booked. We were there without a reservation but they managed to squeeze us in provided we finish by 12.30 pm, which we did. Here are pictures of the Fynn’s Brunch Menu and drinks list.
The Fynns’ Breakfast ($27) was quite a predictable dish. Sausage, eggs, bacon, baked beans etc. The best part of it was the asparagus.
The seared salmon with citrus quinoa ($26) was very good. We asked for the salmon to be fully cooked rather than merely seared. The fish combined well with the quinoa and vegetables. It felt like a hearty and healthy dish.
The crispy chicken waffles ($23) did not look very beautiful but the taste was pretty good. The chicken pieces in particular were properly cooked – crisp outside and moist inside.
It was good to see the extra hustle and bustle at Fynn’s. We are still not sure what defines an Australia restaurant in Singapore. What I thought was quite “Australian” about Fynn’s was the friendly laid back atmosphere and the ‘can-do’ attitude of its staff who managed to find a yes to our requests when a “no” would have been an easier and (in many places) a more predictable response.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
26 Beach Road
#B1-21, South Beach Avenue
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Esplanade, City Hall