Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Featuring Tanuki Raw (Orchard Central), Fat Lulu's, Flying Monkey
Amanda Jayne
Amanda Jayne

I think it’s hard to pick a favourite at Fat Lulu’s. Every dish had an element or two that made me sigh overly-passionate anime character-style. Drawn by the excellent reviews, I not-so-subtly suggested my husband pick the River Valley Road native for our anniversary. Robust flavours, cheekily named desserts, and hearty chunky meats make up the menu here. Even the vegetables have an edge to them. One of the stars of the night was the delectable Open-Faced Beef Ravioli (a special of the week that I say should be on the regular menu), a seductive saucer of pasta draped over a mountain of glistening beef and spinach, topped with a web of cheese. Intriguing upon first glance and alive with flavour. The layers of pasta mimic the subtle beauty of dumpling skin, smooth with a light bite, and thin enough not to distract from the filling. Luscious strands of fall-apart tender beef mixed with spinach sit swimming in thick gravy. Umami comes to mind as you take a bite, the warmth of beef stew and comfort of sinfully-delicious carbs the perfect foil against a chilly evening. The sprinkling of cheese is subtle, so subtle that it is neither complimentary nor contradictory, it exists in its unimportance, a mere decoration. You’ll be loath to share this, each bite leaving you with a growing selfishness that will have you growling through gritted teeth “Joey doesn’t share food!” - sorry husband, I know you wanted more hahaha #fatlulus

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Light of my life - a giant pineapple holding alcoholic lassi. Fro-lassi? So you've got the alcoholic buzz, the creamy, smoothie-like texture and a rush of flavours from the bartender's homemade lassi syrup (don't remember what was inside, but isn't that the point!) @flyingmonkeysg is a must-visit for those who love rich Indian food, prefer to eat tapas-sized bites and adore a fun, boozy night out. 10/10 will be back here.

This is how spam fries should be done. Thick-cut babies with light-as-feather, thin-crisp skin. Each bite reveals intensely flavoured, msg-filled, meaty centres. As vegans and health nuts shudder in delight, carnivores and folks with permanent #drunkcravings relish each indulgent stick. With nary a taste of rancid oil, you've got a delish bar snack. I'm also enamoured by the fact that rather than use goopy, cloying cheese, #TanukiRaw geniuses have drenched the bucket of yummy with sour cream, guacamole and salsa. The cooling nature of the dip offsets the oiliness and heaviness of the fries. So you've got fresh guac and sour cream with guilty pleasure fries, what better way to enjoy than with a cold beer!

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