Kilo, Singapore: Punching above its weight

  09.07.14    Singapore

Here’s a quick look at Kilo, a lovely spot but a bit of a bugger to get to for out-of-towners who, as always seems to be the case in Singapore,  couldn’t find a taxi.

We ended up walking for about 15 minutes from the MRT but, once off the main road towards the Kallang River, it was clear that Kilo’s location alone would be worth the somewhat sweaty stroll. The water on one side and park on the other makes for a breezy, quiet outlook.

Kilo Singapore
Photo courtesy Kilokitchen

We settled in with a beautiful Sake sangria while we waited for friends and took in the large and uncluttered white room, a renovated former factory floor that was simply furnished with tables, for once in an Asian city, spaced well apart.  A small bar and another bar upstairs (not yet open) completed the feel, while the taste in tunes also impressed.

The food was consistently impressive throughout the three and a half hours we spent there, serving cuisine they call ‘Japanese and Italian inspired comfort food’. Thankfully, nightmarish thoughts of sushi with parmesan soon disappeared as we perused the menu. Our figs were liberally stuffed with walnuts, bacon, blue cheese and chives while baby squid were deep fried, dusted in salt and pepper and served with lemon ginger aioli.

A decent cut of tenderloin was joined in the party by roasted vegetables, goats cheese, quinoa, pumpkin and a cabernet reduction. Neither particularly Italian, nor Japanese, but definitely comforting and indisputably good. I cast coveting looks towards the 24-hour pork belly and ebiko angel hair pasta (there’s that fusion in action) gracing other plates. The sides, including a number of really good salads, also shone and we rounded things off with a cracking lemon tart, an on-the-money chocolate fondant and an unusual but delicious basil ice cream. Our Filipino waiter was attentive but unobtrusive. All told, Kilo is definitely somewhere to revisit.  We’ll just ensure we order that cab first.

66 Kampong Bugis, 2nd Floor
Singapore  T: +65 6467 3987