Alter Ego (Esplanade Mall)

4303 Wishlisted
~$20/pax
Booze your way into the nights with us as we go from healthy poke bowls in the day to guzzling down our range of more than 20 craft & commercial beers over indulgent pizza fries, fried chicken skin and all of your grubby burger dreams in the night!

8 Raffles Avenue
#01-13D Esplanade Mall
Singapore 039802

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Monday:
12:00pm - 10:30pm

Tuesday:
12:00pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
12:00pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
12:00pm - 10:30pm

Friday:
12:00pm - 10:30pm

Saturday:
11:00am - 10:30pm

Sunday:
11:00am - 10:30pm

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The menu on the website isn’t the same as the one in the place itself. Price hikes between the website and store are about $9 difference so careful of that. I had the fish and chips and my boyfriend had the carbonara. The food was very good and the overall vibe of the place was really cool. I especially loved the red lighting, it gave the place a neon sports bar kind of glow.

Our happy ending was @alteregosg brownies, which came in a pair for $13++. Of course, a brownie without ice cream is like me without alcohol: utterly incomplete. Each scoop of ice cream is an extra five bucks before extra taxes, but it’s an extra five bucks we gladly paid.⠀

The brownies came in easy to handle bars, and my god these brownies were breathtaking. The insides were captivatingly chewy and fabulously fudge-y on the inside, almost like a decadent cake. It was gloriously chocolate-y, and each sweet blissful bite was certain to satiate any and all chocoholics and/or glucose groupies.⠀

The ice cream was unremarkable on its own, but it played a crucial role in unlocking the full potential of the brownies with its icy, creamy vanilla flavours. Absolutely ambrosial, and it’s the happiest ending I’ve had in a fair while. 10/10 fully worth the eighteen plus bucks for the price of admission.⠀

And for the final time (for now), thank you so much for the hospitality, @alteregosg & @burpple!

The other platter we ordered at @alteregosg was the Seafood Grilled Platter ($53++), which featured a grilled salmon fillet, dory fish, king prawns, squid and mussels. The seafood already made for a hefty portion, but Alter Ego decided to slap a whole mound of curly fries, salad and a corn on the cob just to make this platter even more ponderous.⠀

The grilled fishes were sublime. Seasoned spectacularly and jazzed up with the addition of herbs, the dory and salmon fillets were flaky, moist and incredibly scrumptious. The king prawns were delightfully fresh, and grilled to perfection. Keeping the shell on for grilling added even more unctuous umami to the crustacean, which balance out well with the natural sweetness of these large shellfish.⠀

The squid rings were stunningly fresh, but notably under-seasoned. Fortunately, the plethora of sauces that accompanied the platter rescued it, and the slightly out of place sambal chili was a match made in heaven for these bouncy squid rings. The mussels were tragically overcooked however, and these poor mollusks were chewy like rubber. Such a shame, it was all going so well.⠀

Alter Ego seems to be refocusing their menu for larger parties, and their platters are perfectly primed to take full advantage of this shift in strategy. A few improvements and tweaks, and these platters will absolutely dominate the market.⠀

Thank you so much for having us, @alteregosg & @burpple!

Besides poke bowls, @alteregosg decided to fortify their ricebowl by adding a trio of rice bowls to the menu. Beef ribeye, salmon and lamb chop were the protein options for the rice bowls, and we selected the promising sounding lamb chop ricebowl ($32++).⠀

The lamb chops on the meat platter were pretty decent, so they should be pretty decent here too, right? Well no, it turns out that Alter Ego might have something of a consistency issue. While the lamb chops were seasoned skilfully, it was as tough as Gandhi’s flip flops. Cutting through it was an arm workout on its own, and chewing it was enough to give you a jawline like Gigachad. These boneless lamb chops should’ve been cooked to medium or medium well, but they were so well done they were more like congratulations.⠀

Fortunately, the butter rice buttered us up the right way. Fluffy, moist, spectacularly seasoned and delightfully slick, the nice rice was utterly betrayed by the lacklustre lamb. Additionally, the corn on the cob & salad on the side were served completely undressed. Normally anything undressed elicits excitement, but undressed vegetables just disappoint me. Guys, please, dress your salad. Nobody wants undressed veggies. As much as I don’t wanna admit it, but this flawed lamb chop bowl isn’t remotely worth $32++ until Alter Ego remedy the shortcomings of this rice bowl.⠀

Once again, thank you so much for hosting us, @alteregosg & @burpple. I still love y’all @alteregosg , but I know that your food could be better because I’ve had better from your kitchen.

@alteregosg Mega Burger ($34++) comes with a mega price tag, but the burger has the size to match the asking price. Just look at the size of the thing! Two mammoth beef patties are topped with cheese, bacon and lettuce before getting. sandwiched between two dense brioche buns.⠀

I love burgers, and this big boi burger had me satisfied. The beef was adequately seasoned considering just how gigantic the patties were, and the patties retained their moisture well despite being grilled to medium well. The cheese was beautifully melted and added a rich creaminess that bound the salty bacon & beef together to the soft, dense brioche buns.⠀

While this was a tasty burger, I do think it has a little room for improvement. The beef patties could be seared on a much higher heat, as there wasn’t much browning on the beef. Additionally, the buns weren’t toasted quite enough. Still, Alter Ego’s Mega Burger is guaranteed to provide mega burger bliss.⠀

Thanks for hosting us, @alteregosg & @burpple!

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And now for the meat of the matter. One of the items on @alteregosg recently altered menu is the Meat Grilled Platter, priced at $53++, and it is a massive marvel of meaty magnificence. Marinated grilled chicken breast, lamb cutlets, a ribeye steak and a few fried chicken winglets take up pride of place on this platter, and are escorted by the entourage of corn on the cob, assorted veggies and curly fries.

The little winglets were a couple of minutes overcooked, which was a bit of a bummer. However, the marinated chicken breast, which I was very apprehensive about, turned out far better. It was remarkably moist, peculiarly tender, and pleasantly palatable. The herbs & spices that the chicken had been marinated in had achieved their task admirably, infusing flavour into a normally tasteless piece of protein. The trick to keeping the chicken moist and tender was it being pounded thin, as it ensures that the chicken cooks through without drying it out. Fellas, always remember to beat your meat.

The stellar lamb cutlets hit all the right spots for me. A well managed gaminess, a whole lotta seasoning perfumed with copious amounts of herbs, and a tasteful tenderness are the keys to selling me on a lamb dish. These lamb cutlets hit all that and then some, mainly thanks to the cutlets being cooked bone in for maximal moisture & flavour. As for the ribeye steak…well, it’s the best cut from a cow, and there’s a felicitous amount of fat in it. And as we’ve established long ago, fat equals flavour. And this ribeye had lots of it, plus a tremendous amount of tenderness.

Of course, as delightful as the meats are, carbs complete it. Of course, there is nothing as completely perfect as curly fries, and these crispy curly potato twirlies were absolutely awesome. A perfect platter in my book of facts. Thank you so much for hosting us, @alteregosg & @burpple!

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