WITH THE BUDDIES FROM WORK
Ambience: It’s industrial meets oriental here. The space gives off a grungy, edgy vibe with its exposed ceilings, wacky shelves and galvanised metal chairs, juxtaposed with colourful antique Chinese pieces that hint at its Asian-inspired menu. Go al fresco to enjoy the resplendent rooftop views. Otherwise, the interior caters equally well to intimate gatherings as well as larger groups.
Food: Classic Asian dishes get a contemporary twist so every dish feels like a surprise. You see it in their Thai-influenced Thai Basil Minced Pork Gyoza ($12) and Tom Yum Fried Rice (from $15, choose either chicken or seafood), where tom yum goong spices are incorporated into the rice, then cooked in a claypot.
Try The Bureau Signature (from $18) pasta for a blend of Southeast-Asian flavours – the pasta is mixed with copious amounts of garlic, fish sauce, the restaurant’s secret blend of Thai spices, a splash of homemade broth, chilli and sesame oil.
For something closer to home, The Local ($19) is a pasta dish influenced by the zi char staple, beef hor fun. The pasta is sauteed with sliced beef and salted black beans in a dark soya-infused sauce with Chinese cooking wine, then topped with slices of red onion, cilantro, tomato concasse and scallion.
Don’t leave without trying the desserts, such as the delicious and Instagram-worthy Menage A Trois ($18), housed inside a bamboo steamer basket, and comprising a stack of mini cream puffs, each infused with flavours such as yam, salted egg yolk and black sesame.
#03-03 (Rooftop Garden), Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6837-0148. Open Sun-Thu, 12-3pm and 6-10.30pm; Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays, 11.30am-3pm and 6pm-1am.
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