84 Amoy St, Singapore 969903
+65 6513 7868
READ THE REVIEW:
After his casual bistro CHEEK picked up a coveted Michelin star, Chef Rishi Naleendra’s newest venture, Cloudstreet, is set for similar heights. We visit the classy, contemporary fine diner on a quieter weekday for lunch, drawn by the considerable buzz that surrounds its recent opening.
We pull up two comfortable leather chairs at the wide chef’s counter. This allows Rishi and his team to interact with us about the menu and wine pairings and we get a front row seat to all the action from the plating section, watching the deft chefs work their magic on a series of thoughtful, carefully presented dishes.
Diners can choose from five or seven courses at dinner, (with a few special extra bites) and three or five courses during lunch. Keen to take our time and explore the menu, we opt for five courses, which begins with a smooth mussel mousse, served between crackers cleverly made to look like black shells. Next is a perfect Grilled Oyster, drizzled with fresh coconut milk, betal leaf oil and pearls of tart, pink finger lime.
We nibble on a side plate of Singapore Stout and Liquorice Bread, a dense rye bun, glazed with molasses, spread with lashings of house-whipped French butter and salt. Next is Sicilian Red Prawn, accompanied by salted tomato and olive oil, and a couple of delightful small bites – a ball of Beetroot and Smoked Goats Cheese, with a coating of puffed rice, and a dollop of Goats Milk, floating in fermented watermelon juice.
The standout dishes are the ones that use Sri Lankan flavours – the crunchy duck roti, and the Sri Lankan Curry of King Crab and Tamarind with a perfect aromatic coconut broth. Grilled Lamb, Young Jackfruit and Mint is a successful interpretation of Rishi’s Sri Lankan and Australian influences, while the final Vegemite on Toast petit four is a lovely nod to the land down under.
Throughout the meal, Manuela Toniolo, Rishi’s delightful Australian wife and restaurant partner, offers insights into the drink’s menu – which includes 350 natural and classic style wines from around the world. Cloudstreet has a strong focus on wine pairings, and we let Manuela guide us from sparkling to whiles, reds and sweet – every glass the perfect match for Rishi’s incredible food.
Verdict: Chef Rishi is a hugely talented chef, and this showcase of thoughtful, expressive dishes blend the very best of Australian and Sri Lankan flavours, with creativity, flavour and flair. Service here is immaculate and the overall experience is something very special.
A note from Cloudstreet:
We are thrilled to announce that Cloudstreet have re-opened for dine-in.
Operation hours, for the time being, are as such:
Dinner only: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm – 9:30pm. Reservations to be made between 6:30pm – 8pm.
For bookings, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or book online through Chope. We are looking forward to reconnecting with each and every one of you!