I remember the first time I experienced food prepared by the NUDE ‘group’. It was lunch at NUDE Seafood and we know finding seats during lunchtime in the CBD is like fighting through a sea of well-dressed flesh and hungry mouths. Fortunately, they accepted lunch reservations at that time.
After my colleagues and I finished our meal, there was nothing but appreciative smiles all around. Through the passionate hands of skillful chefs, fresh ingredients were brought together over fire and metal, creating pristine dishes that overflowed with flavour. I wasn’t just happy…I was satisfied.
So when I came to know about NUDE Grill, it was only a matter of time before I stepped in to explore exciting culinary possibilities.
Now, let’s get to the meat.
Let’s start with the only steak dish on the lunch menu: Steak Frites ($23). It featured a slab of bavette (flank) steak covered with a sunny side up, steak fries, french beans and a red wine shallot sauce. I guess it’s an ‘elevated’ version of the usual steak and fries.
Despite being a secondary / non-prime cut, the steak was well marinated, cooked to a perfect medium and was tender to the touch. The red wine sauce brought a certain density of flavour, which shone through brilliantly. Taste-wise, I would say the flavours got together in harmony.
Unfortunately while the steak was very tender as a whole, the meat contained a lot of fibrous tissue and was too tough for my liking. I had to conscientiously cut smaller-than-average pieces just to avoid having my jaw seize up from over-chewing (if there is such a condition). I think the marination process needs to be modified and perhaps include some acidic components to further break the fibres down.
I will say that price-wise, it’s pretty decent value. The steak fries – slightly thicker than shoestring fries – were golden both in looks and texture. They were seasoned with this brown-coloured powder that was more salty than peppery. 6.8/10.
Next in line is the eye-catching Japanese Wagyu Don ($38) with a description that allures any lover of beef rice bowls. It features Niigata sushi rice topped with generous slices of A4 Kagoshima Kuroge Wagyu, packed together with a wobbly onsen egg, pickled jicama, shibazuke, wasabi and nikiri sauce. I’d say this was elevated but using Wagyu in Japanese culture isn’t exactly surprising.
The beef is cooked to a spot on medium and bring a refreshing taste with a slight hint of that salty, fatty marbling. While I thought the beef was pretty decent, my dining companion found the dish nothing spectacular.
The thing with these rice bowls is that bold flavours are never the focus. Instead, they are about creating balance and a harmony of subtle flavours, giving the diner a dish that only tickles the palate while keeping things fresh. While fine culinary skills were definitely at play, I’m not sure if the price is completely justified. 7/10.
The Chicken & Truffle ($25) was no different from the others in that it was brought to another level, one that’s found in fine-dining restaurants. The star of the dish was the roulade of whole chicken leg with mushroom duxelle (mixture of mushrooms and herbs).
Have to admit that it’s rather an acquired taste, which I haven’t achieved. My colleague however, was happily devouring the entire dish, right down to the baby kailan and the sweetcorn’s last kernel. I found the mushroom-herb mixture rather overwhelming and the taste of mushrooms was almost ruined. It was a pretty confusing moment when I bit into the chicken.
Other than that, I’m impressed with how much care went into the dish The chicken’s flesh was just succulent and cooked just right, with elements like the truffle jus being well imbued into the dish without overpowering the other delicate tasting components. 7.1/10.
The staff were very pleasant and patiently waited as we browsed the menu. The ambience had a very chilled and modern feel. The lighting, seating, music and spaciousness created a very pleasant place to have hearty conversations. Definitely a good place for a quick business lunch as well.
Should You Try It?
If you’ve always wanted to experience fine-dining quality food without having to incur shocking credit card bills, then this is a great place to satisfy such a curiosity. Not my first choice for satisfying, value meats though.
5 Straits View
#01-22, Marina One
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (Lunch)
Mon – Fri: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Dinner)
Tel: +65 6581 9306
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