Month-old Summerhouse at the old Seletar army camp, now gentrified to become an up-and-coming F&B precinct in Singapore, is slowly getting the attention of the island’s trend-spotting (and fickle) foodie crowd.
Like other restaurants within the area, Summerhouse is located in an old British colonial “black-and-white” bungalow, the sort which dot the island, harking back to the time when Singapore was part of the old British Empire.
Wildseed takes a small ground floor portion of the building (the fine dining restaurant, Summerhouse, only opens for dinner in the evenings), offering an eclectic mix of tasty offerings. Order at the counter, and the food is delivered to the table.
What we had for lunch:
Bavette Pasta with rocket pesto, sous vide poached eggs, ricotta and almonds.
Three Herb Falafel with yoghurt-sesame-coriander dip. Traditionally, Singaporeans are more familiar with Israeli-style falafel due to the country’s close relationship with Israel.
Grilled beef pita with cheddar cheese, sour cream, pickled Bombay onion, lettuce and fried curry leaves.
This is the best food item I’d had in recent months! Perfectly moist and tasty beef slices, with the right tastes and textures provided by the pita bread and other ingredients/condiments.
Pea Flower-Gula Melaka muffin. Just the thing to pull in the young social media crowd who’d only order their food based on how Instagram-worthy the item is. And you actually have a blue muffin here!
The “inti” - traditional Malay/Nyonya grated coconut-palm sugar filling - inside the muffin was a bonus, though. Very scrumptious.
- Laksa Banana Loaf. Thankfully, this one did not try to overdo its concept by introducing laksa spices in to the chocolate cake. Well, if they had, it wasn’t discernible. The only thing “laksa” about it was the sprinkling of chopped pink, torch-ginger (Malay: “bunga kantan”), which we often see in laksas.
The whole place exudes a languid, sedate vibe - surrounded by rolling expanses of greenery. I think I’d like to remember it like this before the mobile phone-camera clutching social media groupies swarm the place.
Wildseed at The Summerhouse
3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Tel: +65 6262 1063
Operating hours: Tue – Sun 10am – 7pm.