ICYMI: Big sis Fynn’s is now lil sis Caffe Cicheti. That was how the replacement of the Aussie cafe, Fynn’s, by a third Cicheti concept was announced. The new Caffe Cicheti at South Beach Singapore – like restaurateur Liling Ong’s other establishments, Cicheti in Kandahar Street and Bar Cicheti in Jiak Chuan Street – serves Italian influenced fare.
Caffe Cicheti at South Beach
Caffe Cicheti at South Beach Singapore took over the space occupied by casual modern Australia restaurant, Fynn’s. The chic interior of Fynn’s had beautiful lighting and fittings interesting furniture and judicious use of plants. Sensibly, lil sis Caffe Cicheti did not alter Big sis Fynn’s hand me down too much – the interiors were left largely unchanged. The outdoor seating area has new furniture, with a combination of high bar tables and regular dining tables.
Caffe Cicheti Menu
The menu of Caffe Cicheti is not extensive but more than adequate. The drinks list is quite long though. The expected anti pasti, pizza, pasta, main dishes and desserts like tiramisu are on the menu. Below are pictures of the food menu and a few pages of the beverages menu.
Lunch at Caffe Cicheti South Beach
We visited the new Caffe Cicheti at South Beach recently and tried their Chicken Thigh ( $22) and Hokkaido Scallop ($23).
The Chicken Thigh with romesco sauce and hazelnut salsa would not win any award for plating. It looked kind of untidy and the colour combination was not the most attractive. There was, however, nothing boring about the taste. The tomato-based romesco sauce hailing from Catalonia and hazelnut sauce was an interesting combination. There were a hint of sweetness, a tinge of acidity and touch of spiciness. The flavourful sauces complemented the succulent chicken. It was a delightful dish.
The Hokkaido Scallop dish had a piece of scallop and salmon fillets sitting on top of a bed of greens drizzled with a tangy zesty salsa verde. The scallop had a firm flesh texture and was sweet. It was an enjoyable dish.
Drinks at Caffe Cicheti
Caffe Cicheti offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Besides items on the menu, there are also daily specials written on the board. We ordered one of the specials – “Emerald Warrior”, a blend of fruits and vegetables which included apples and ginger. We did not like the look but the Emerald Warrior was intensely tasty. The coffee was at Caffe Cicheti was good – rich and aromatic.
The often heard grouse that “it is hard to live up to your older sibling’s accomplishments” may well apply to “lil sis Caffe Cicheti”. The new cafe is pleasant and comfortable and has the same good look as the older sis Fynn’s. The food we tried at Caffe Cicheti was enjoyable too. Nevertheless, the older sis just gave us fonder memories.
P.S. in case you are an internet slang noob (newbie) like us, ICYMI = in case you missed it.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
26 Beach Road
South Beach Tower #B1-21
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Tuesday – Friday | 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Saturday | 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Sunday | 10.30am – 4.30pm
Closed on Mondays
Nearby MRT Station: Esplanade
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