Try these delicious small plates seafood dishes — before it gets taken off the menu
Humpback’s simple and well-lit interiors will draw you in
That lip-smacking Rainbow Trout you raved to your friends about? It might not be on the menu the next time you pay a visit to newly-opened small-plates seafood restaurant Humpback.
New dishes, every day
Not that the seafood-centric eatery is closing down anytime soon. Humpback makes it a point to change some of their culinary offerings daily — either new dishes are introduced or ingredients are swapped around for mainstays.
In fact, the restaurant even go to the lengths of printing new menus every single day!
Apart from seafood, the lean menu also shines the spotlight on quality meat, light bites and vegetables — aptly placed under the Garden section.
Creative cocktails to match yummy seafood
Sangria and oysters; a perfect pairing
My meal was off to a great start with the refreshingly potent Watermelon Sangria ($22), a gin cocktail with a fruity taste thanks to the blend of dita lychee liqueur and watermelon juice.
At Humpback, one can pick from 12 signature cocktails, all of which are white spirits-based to elevate the flavours of seafood — not that you’d expect anything less from the owners who also helm cocktail bars Jigger & Pony and Sugarhall.
For starters, we had freshly-shucked Totten Inlet oysters (seasonal price), the only mollusks available that night.
The classic West Coast oyster was brimming with briny sweetness and notes of cantaloupe, a great match for my cocktail.
You’ll want to bottle up this dip and have it for breakfast all day
Next, the unassuming Clam Dip ($10) arrived resembling a bowl of swirled hummus.
Turns out, it was a winning combination of flavourful minced clams and cream cheese — I couldn’t stop dipping the accompanying Ritz crackers in it.
Too good to share
Star of the night: Rainbow Trout
The mains continued to exceed my expectations, with dishes prepared simply but expertly.
A must-try is the Rainbow Trout ($16), cooked sous vide for precisely nine minutes, yielding a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Crab lovers will find Humpback’s Snow Crab ($23, below) a rather interesting interpretation.
Better than risotto
Slow cooked with orzo, squash and parmigiano, the dish had the smooth consistency of risotto, with generous chunks of crab flesh in every bite.
On the other hand, the only meat dish we had — the Wagyu Kobe Beef ($30) was palatable but nothing much to shout about.
Additionally, I thought the portion didn’t quite justify its price.
With communal-style dining at the heart of this restaurant, be prepared to come in a group so as to best experience more of the menu offerings.
And don’t say we didn’t warn you; you might just want to have some of dishes all to yourself.
18 Bukit Pasoh Rd
Singapore 089832, Tel: 9772 9896
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