Not everyone loves cheese, but those that do go a little crazy at the sight of melted mozarella and the whiff of aged gruyere. If the words burrata, fondue and raclette sound like music to your ears, hit up these five restaurants in Singapore.
This new Italian eatery in the CBD makes it own mozarella, burrata and stracciatella every morning, so you know they’re serious about their cheese. Must-try’s from the menu include the Tris Di Bufala, $28++, which lets you sample the different flavour and texture profiles of The Mast’s buffalo milk cheese. It comprises a platter of burrata, mozzarella and flavoured burrata (we had the pesto burrata, which was AMAZING). Another highlight is the Crostini E Funghi, $16; a generous spread of soft stracciatella and sliced portobello mushrooms served on a lightly grilled schiacciata bread. Delizioso…
The Mast’ is at 182 Cecil Street.
Bochinche is a mod-Argentine restaurant that’s esteemed for its top-quality grilled steaks and house-made chorizo, but we think the true star of the menu is the Provoleta, $18. Served in a hot pan, this classic Argentinian dish features seared and melted provolone cheese topped with sliced almonds and oregano honey for a sweet, salty and creamy flavour combo that’s oh so special. The dish comes with a box of toasted bread for dipping, and we suggest you wolf it all down fast, before the cheese hardens. Given how yummy it is, we don’t think you’ll have any trouble with that.
Bochinche is at 115 Amoy Street.
Like Bochinche, Bedrock Bar & Grill is known for its grilled meats more than anything, but it also has a dish that every cheese lover has to try: the Bedrock Mac N’ Cheese, $22. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of its ingredients; the dance of textures from the al dente bite of the macaroni pasta, the silky mouthfeel of the cheese sauce and the crunch of the grilled cheese crust is just out of this world. Psst, if you’re out of the office early on a weekday, pop by Bedrock – with two sets of happy hour drinks purchased, you get a complimentary pan of Mac N’ Cheese. Don’t say we bo jio!
Bedrock Bar & Grill is at 96 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard.
If fondue’s your thing, head over to Wine Universe, stat. This classy restaurant at Millenia Walk specialises in contemporary Swiss cuisine and has a huge cellar of European boutique wines. But the main attraction (for cheese lovers like us, at least) is the fondue. Made of a 1:1 mix of melted Vacherin and Gruyere cheese, this Swiss speciality comes in a range of versions, including the classic La Fribourgeoisie, $29; the spicy La Singaporienne, $29, that has fresh slices of chilli padi; and the hearty Fondue Bourguignonne, $39, which comes with a platter of veal and beef cubes, tartar, aioli, salad and fries.
Wine Universe is at #01-109 Millennia Walk.
While there’s no shortage of eateries here that serve raclette, the Wine Connection Cheese Bar at Robertson Walk is probably the only one that doesn’t involve a server scraping the molten cheese right onto your plate. Instead, it has a genius contraption that melts a big wedge of cheese onto pans without any human involvement. It’s impossible not to drool while watching this mesmerising process. At $39++ per person (with a minimum of two diners), it comes with hearty sides like cold cuts, boiled potatoes, greens and bread.
Wine Connection Cheese Bar is at #01-05 Robertson Walk.