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Imbue Restaurant – European Cuisine with Asian Sauces

Imbue is the new restaurant of Chef Lee Boon Seng, a veteran of Singapore’s culinary scene with experience at Osia Steak & Seafood Grill at Resorts World Sentosa and The Spot at Marina One. Nestled in the trendy Keong Saik area, Imbue Restaurant offers a contemporary European dining experience with a twist – Chef Lee’s touch of refined Asian sauces.

Imbue Restaurant at Keong Siak (near Outram MRT Station)

Imbue Restaurant

Imbue Restaurant

The restaurant located on Keong Saik Road has a rather discreet entrance. The nameplate is modest in size, positioned above a glass display showcasing the restaurant’s menu. Inside, the ambience is cosy, offering seating for approximately 40 guests. Stepping into Imbue, diners are greeted by a stylish bar and a dimly lit yet elegant dining area.

Imbue Counter Seats

Those seeking a closer look at the open kitchen can opt for counter seats. The regular dining tables can accommodate groups of varying sizes.

Imbue Restaurants - Dining Hall

Menu of Imbue

Imbue offers lunch and dinner set menus. The lunch menu is reasonably affordable, with a two-course option at $58++ and a three-course option for $68++. Dinner is a more extravagant affair, with a five-course tasting menu at $158++ and an eight-course Simmer menu for $198++.

Imbue Menu
Menus of Imbue Restaurant

For Singapore Restaurant Week (5 – 28 April 2024), Imbue presents a special three-course lunch menu at $58++. Diners can choose from two starters, three mains, and two desserts, with only the Wagyu beef dish requiring a top-up.

Imbue Restaurant Week Menu
Singapore Restaurant Week Menu

Restaurant Week Lunch at Imbue

Grilled octopus, tamarind brown butter soy, cuttlefish XO sauce

We opted to try all six items on the Restaurant Week menu that did not require an additional charge. Each dish was a visual treat.

Starters

Grilled octopus, tamarind brown butter soy, cuttlefish XO sauce
Grilled octopus, tamarind brown butter soy, cuttlefish XO sauce

The starters offered a delightful contrast. The grilled octopus was meaty and possessed a delightful kick from the XO sauce, while the chilled noodles with raw scallops were refreshingly light and citrusy.

Chilled noodles, with scallops, citrus, plum consommé, beef granita
Chilled noodles, with scallops, citrus, plum consommé, beef granita
Starter at Imbue - Chilled noodles, with scallops, citrus, plum consommé, beef granita
    

Mains

King George whiting, white asparagus, almond coconut sauce, grilled mountain yam, citrus pepper
King George whiting, white asparagus, almond coconut sauce, grilled mountain yam, citrus pepper

The mains were interesting. The King George whiting with its almond coconut sauce was an intriguing combination. The fish dish looked great. It was nice but did not really excite the palate. The Mangalica pork loin offered a fine-dining take on the humble char siew rice. While the pork itself was a touch dry, the “char siew sauce” was exceptional – complex and utterly delicious.

Mangalica pork loin, spring vegetable porridge, caramel char siu brown butter, wattleseed
Mangalica pork loin, spring vegetable porridge, caramel char siu brown butter, wattleseed
Imbue Lunch mains - Mangalica pork loin, spring vegetable porridge, caramel char siu brown butter, wattleseed
Imbue Lunch mains – Mangalica pork loin, spring vegetable porridge, caramel char siu brown butter, wattleseed

Desserts

Pu-erh tea ice cream, brie cheese, kumquat, hazelnut
Pu-erh tea ice cream, brie cheese, kumquat, hazelnut

The Pu-erh tea ice cream, artistically plated, was an interesting mix of sweet, tangy, and savoury.

Chocolate shiitake mousse, plum sour cream, puffed rice sable, whisky
Chocolate shiitake mousse, plum sour cream, puffed rice sable, whisky

The chocolate shiitake mousse with its plum sour cream was an absolute winner for the day. The combination of textures and flavours was truly delightful. The most enjoyable dish of the lunch. Perhaps it was the whisky.

Chocolate shiitake mousse, plum sour cream, puffed rice sable, whisky  - dessert at Imbue Restaurant
Chocolate shiitake mousse, plum sour cream, puffed rice sable, whisky

Great Lunch Experience

Overall, our lunch experience at Imbue was very enjoyable. While the portions may not be the most generous, each dish was prepared with good quality ingredients, beautifully presented and offered unique flavour combinations. The innovative fusion of European cuisine with Asian sauces was well executed, resulting in interesting and delightful dishes. The lunch menu, even at its regular price, is reasonably affordable. Imbue is a good restaurant for lunch in the Keong Saik neighbourhood.

Imbue Restaurant at Keong Saik Road

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 4
Value: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs  4 tops

    

Imbue
32 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089137

Tel: +65 6223 7266

Opening Hours
Lunch | Thursday to Sunday: 12 noon – 2.30 pm
Dinner | Tuesday to Sunday: 6 pm – 11 pm
(Closed on Monday)

Nearby MRT Station: Outram Park (TE17, NE3, EW16)

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