Cork

Posted on February 14, 2008 by Aun

It’s always nice to walk into a new restaurant, sit down, look at the menu and feel instantly hungry. Earlier this week, my carnivorous and gorgeous wife S and I finally got around to checking out Cork, a sexy new wine bar and restaurant opened by the uber-trendy Marmalade Group. Designed by Albano Daminato, this warm, slick space is all tan wood and sleek dark surfaces. There are various seating options: booths, tables and even bar seats, arranged around a huge, tall column that rises dramatically up to the restaurant’s incredibly high ceiling.

The menu is filled with a treasure trove of comforting and hearty dishes. Some of the items from the “short orders” list that immediately jumped out at S and me were brandade of salted cod with poached egg, watercress emulsion; sauteed chicken liver on toast, radish salad; pork knuckle terrine with herb potatoes, sauce gribiche, fresh herbs; crisped pork belly with balsamic, parsnip and celeriac remoulade; and roasted bone marrow with onion and raisin marmalade, parsely salt and toast. There’s also a smaller list of “long orders”, i.e. larger dishes that you can have as a main or can share with your friends. We were really excited by the toasted ham and cheese on rye, fried egg and mornay sauce; seafood bouillabaisse; roasted grain fed chicken for 2 with fava beans, sauteed mushrooms and tarragon butter; and the garlic sage brined pork chop, sauteed apples and butternut. On the dessert list, S was immediately drawn to the eton mess, vowing to order it.

Cork also has a large and varied wine list. Customers can buy bottles at retail or for a few dollars more, they can enjoy them in the restaurant. What’s really exciting is that the restaurant also has an enomatic system that helps keep a large number of open bottles fresh. Because of this system, Cork is able to offer a pretty large range of wine-by-the-glass options, which they can rotate at their leisure. The night we visited, there were 21 wines available by the glass. Some of these were superb wines too. I was delighted to see Vega Sicilia Unico on the list and S was thrilled to spot a Puligny-Montrachet available. It is also nice that these wines can be ordered in either tasting portions or as full glasses.


photo courtesy of the Marmalade group

We pigged out a bit (as we often do the first time we try a new place). We ordered the chicken livers, the brandade, pork knuckle terrine, pork belly, and bone marrow (on hindsight, ordering the last three at the same meal was a little OTT). We had planned on ordering the toasted ham and cheese with egg but by the time we finished all of our “short orders”, we knew if we did we wouldn’t have been able to eat dessert — and we really wanted to try the desserts. The best dish of the night — and something I would return to Cork to eat weekly (if not more often) — was the chicken livers (pictured at the top of the post). Served in a small Staub cocotte, the livers were buttery soft and bursting with flavour. S and I were thrilled by how good these were. The rest of the dishes were good, but none of them came close to the livers.

For dessert, S had the eton mess that had been calling her name the whole night. I ordered the profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and dark chocolate sauce. I thought mine was better than hers. The eton mess, I felt, could have used a little more meringue.

Overall, our meal at Cork was really nice. The room is charming, contemporary and cool. There’s a great list of wines and the food is familiar and friendly. It’s also currently a nice place for a quiet dinner. At present, the place is packed at lunchtime; I’m told it is already a favourite with many of the bankers and business people who work in the area. But at night, it’s a tad quiet, which is perfect for that slightly secret tete-a-tete with great vino and good food.

cork cellar kitchen
168 robinson road
unit 01-08 capital tower
singapore068912
t 6327 9169
f 6327 9291

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Amelia February 15, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Will be trying this place out! :)

  2. Cakespy February 15, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Looks like a VERY cool spot! I loved doing a little virtual tourism and seeing it through your eyes!

  3. alexandra February 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    looks like a very rich and delicious meal…I will def have to give this spot a try the next time I’m in s’pore!

  4. Jim February 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    That bone barrow is making me drool! You have a great site. Hope you check out ours: GLuxe.net (http://gluxe.blogspot.com). Please let me know if you’d like to exchange links. Cheers!

  5. Krista February 16, 2008 at 5:10 am

    chicken livers, pork knuckle, pork belly, and bone marrow…you guys are eaters after my own heart. Your photo has me thinking…it’s been much too long since my last trip to St. John for the bone marrow salad and the crispy pigs ears!

  6. ho oi sek February 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    i have been to cork several times. Food is consistent and service ok. The bone marrow was great.

  7. Kirstin February 24, 2008 at 3:30 am

    I work in a wine bar/wine shop in the San Francisco Bay Area where our kitchen is more like a closet without a stove- so bone marrow wouldn’t be a preparation easily managed, but boy, I wish that more people did this type of down-home food around us. This is just the type of food that I want to sip wine with. Delicious, but simple. It looks like a perfect compliment to many wines on their list.
    Wish I were in Singapore….

  8. Helen February 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Ahhhh, someone who is as carnivorous as I am! I would have ordered those 3 pork dishes too, how could you ever make a decision otherwise?!

  9. HUDDATH February 28, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I just had the exact same dish at PRUNE New York! Will definately try this one out when i’m back in Singapore!

  10. Peech February 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Wow…sounds like I need to make a trip to Singapore soon to try it out! bone marrow and liver….hmmm……

  11. Vanessa Chan March 3, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Hi

    Do you photoshop your pictures or do they come out this good?
    No offence, but I really like the quality.
    And if you dont mind, which brand of travel camera is good?

    Thank you!

  12. cinder March 3, 2008 at 2:02 am

    hi there,

    i’ve been following up with ur blog occasionally.. like the photos u take and those delicacies that u recomend. just curious if majority of ur photos are taken from ur Lumix LX2? cos i’d jus got my LX2 too, wish to learn more from here. thks!

  13. hp84 March 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

    First time i visit your blog. very nice indeed

  14. Pieds Des Anges (Kyla) March 6, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Oh, the glory! Marrow is manna from heaven…

  15. victoria March 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    wow, the froi-gras, and bone marrow looks delish! also happy birthday to your wife and blessings to all the pigging out you did too;) your writing about your love and union for each other truly relates to how I feel about my husband as well. good loving, good life, great food always!

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