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2014-11-19 8334 views
Wednesday, definitely not my favorite day of the week.The fact of it being a day stuck between productivity and festivity makes it extra unproductive and boring. To shrug this blehh feeling away, I decided to meet up with my girls for dinner at somewhere rather extraordinary-Naked... as the name has suggested, surely it had spiced up my day.Located on Elgin street at the heart of soho, you will find a little black entrance with a contrasting white hallway leading you up to flight of stairs to th
The fact of it being a day stuck between productivity and festivity makes it extra unproductive and boring. To shrug this blehh feeling away, I decided to meet up with my girls for dinner at somewhere rather extraordinary-Naked... as the name has suggested, surely it had spiced up my day. Located on Elgin street at the heart of soho, you will find a little black entrance with a contrasting white hallway leading you up to flight of stairs to the restaurant. Though the name may sound a little bold and suggest "partaay", you will be surprised of the peaceful and calm atmosphere- which I very much needed to end a day of work.
The restaurant had the walls painted in dark with windows of autumn leaves as decoration. Simple yet classy. Open-kitchen allows you watch and learn how the chef prepares your dinner.
At 8:30 pm, the restaurant was rather quiet. The friendly waiter greeted us by the door. I skimmed through the menu, and was surprised to find the headings rather suggestive. ;) *winkwink much?*
The dishes were assigned under the titles of: -Aphrodisiacs -Foreplay -Raw -Lets get it on -Cuddles (mm probably not a good idea to take your parents here.. LOL)
To satisfy our demanding tastebuds, we ordered a few dishes:
1) Black Truffle Crab Dip (黑松露釀蟹醬)- with cripsy rice cake, crab, truffle pate, cream Fraishe (10/10) , $158? Looking very organic (it is indeed organic after asking the staff^^), this healthy dish was the perfect appetizer to start the feast! I loved how the aroma of truffle filled the air and lingered around your tastebud. What an interesting combination of crab meat truffle paste with crunchy rice cake! I personally LOVE crunchy stuff and truffle. This dish not only brought the best of both worlds together but also had crab meat in it.. i could not have been happier. Not to forget to mention the cute little leafy greens that stuck out of the soil-looking crab meat .. ah so cute and yummy!
2) Prego Roll - with avocado, asparagus, sweet yam, lotus root, golden potato with spicy garlic sauce (the brown paste) 7/10 Looks can be deceiving. This dish totally tricked me thinking that it was an ordinary japanese roll with avocado. I took the whole piece of sushi in just one bite. At first, It tasted like how normal jap roll should taste- creamy avocado, tint of sourness of the sushi rice etc, then BOOM! some sort of southeast asian spiciness attacked my tastebuds X_X i quickly drank some water and dissected this roll. Found out that the brown garlic paste was the cause of the hotness! Nevertheless, it is a very unique .. asian roll. One advice to friends who are afraid of spicy, watch out!
3) Spiced Hama Kama (辣燒油甘魚)- yellowtail collar, kimchi vinaigrette and curry 7/10 , $148 This was the highly anticipated dish as i love fish amongst all other meat. There were 4-5 pieces. The fish was lightly seasoned, which I appreciated as I could still taste a bit of the sea from the fish. However, it was slightly over-cooked, and the skin of the fish was chewy instead of crispy. I did not dip into the kimchi vinegar dressing as I preferred the authentic taste of the fish.
4) Kurobuta Pork Belly Lettuce wrap (apple, cucumber, butter lettuce, korean spicy bean paste) 10/10 The star dish of the night!! *clapclapclap* This korean/western fusion dish made my night. Yes it was somewhat korean as the pork was wrap with lettuce and dip into spicy bean paste, and somewhat western as apple was there to keep it light and just take it up to a new level of joy. If you enjoy korean bbq pork with lettuce, i highly recommend you to try this one instead and allow yourself to get drowned into the sweet oil of pork belly as it melts in your mouth. I would definitely come here for this pork belly wrap next time! with the special sake that the staff recommended ^^
5) Shimeji & Quinoa w/ Black Truffle Egg Pasta (袖珍菇黑松露蛋意粉) 8/10 , $128 Finally, here came the heavy dish to fill up the rest of the space of my tummy. We ordered truffle again as we couldnt get enough of it!! The look of the dish was rather japanese/shanghai-ese? The brown soy soaked pasta reminded of the fried shang hai noodle. The pasta had a very strong fushion taste. The mushroom and black truffle was very western, and the soy paste and boiled egg was asian! what a mix! If it is a tug-of-war of flavors, Id say that the asian flavors won as the truffle was not covered by the soy taste of the noodle. I would prefer to have the pasta either plain western or asian. but thats just me
After having our meal, we were invited to check out the gallery next door-a branch of naked. If your looking for anything but ordinary, fine, and artsy dining experience, this is the place for you. Overall: 8.5/10