The Lab SG on Jalan Pisang II

The Lab SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01
Singapore 199069

Reservations (only for 6-15 pax): + 65 6299 5681
Remarks: Cash or NETS only please!

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 1230pm to 10pm
Sundays: 1pm to 930pm

Have you guys watched Spectre, the last of Daniel Craig’s interpretation of James Bond? No spoilers, but while I enjoyed the first half, the second half was a little disappointing. Which was the second time that weekend I felt let down. The first was about 3 hours before the movie, when I walked in to the new brunch place on Purvis St called Clinton St Baking Company, and was told the wait was going to be 1 hour 40 minutes. WHAT!!! How ’bout NO! So my friend and I detoured to The Lab SG at Jalan Pisang, which was about 5 minutes from opening at 1pm. That’s right, my friend and I were the first to get to the Lab, which really never happens!

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Me shyly having a drank at the totally empty cafe.

The last time I came I was so excited about the lemon-infused water that I ignored the home-made brews they have on display above the order counter, but this time I was determined to get something:

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Water My Lime, Mint Earl Grey Lime, Chrys The Wolfberry. I wanted to order the last one purely for the mystery, but I went with the watermelon/lime tea instead.

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Bad photo, but I love the pink hue, and it tasted really refreshing!

For starters I ordered the Ayam Karat, which is the grilled chicken in a honey and dates marinade, accompanied by a cup of spicy black sambal! I totally forgot how much it costs and I didn’t take a photo of the menu this time, but I will check and update!

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That sauce right there? Is some good ish.

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You guys, the black sauce is SO DELICIOUS!! It tastes like the sambal kicap for Mee Soto, but sweeter. There are plenty of chilli seeds in the sauce, so there’s some bite to it. I’m not sold on the honey date marinade, because I thought it needed to be a bit more savoury instead of bittersweet, but luckily the chicken was very tender. Also is it just me or should there have been more marinade on the chicken? It looked and tasted a little dry on the outside for me, but the amazing black sauce saved the day. 8/10

For my mains I decided on the vegetarian De La Huerta (S$13), which is Spanish for “from the garden/orchard”. It consists of one giant baked bell pepper stuffed with a wild mushroom gratin and cheese stuffing, topped with long strips of crispy fried onion, and served on a bed of salad and capers.

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OMG YUMMMM CHEEEEESE

Guys let’s be real here. I am always the last person who will ever go for the vegetarian option, but I think it was Providence asking me to order it that day. The De La Huerta was surprisingly very yummy! It made me feel virtuous eating the baked pepper, and not in a self-deprivatory way. The red pepper was fresh and juicy, so that with every crunch there was a burst of flavour. The cheese was chewy and delicious, with bits of wild mushroom in it for extra texture. I also thought the crispy onion strips tasted satisfyingly savoury, while the capers revolutionized every bite with some extra saltiness/sourness. Overall the flavours of each component mixed together very well, making for a very robust main dish. 9/10

My friend ordered the La Carte Le Fish (S$17), which is the pan-fried, oven-grilled barramundi drizzled with a prawn cocktail creme:

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That’s the yam latte (S$5.50), that my Friend said tasted too much like flavouring, and was “not worth it”. Also, barramundi in Malay is ikan siakap.

My friend let me have a couple of bites and boy, was the fish SO GOOD! Very tender and fresh, not at all overcooked or dry, which is terribly easy to do with a delicate protein like fish. The crème was rich and umami, pairing very well with the fish. The prawns were quite sweet, but tasted like regular frozen prawns. Overall still pretty decent! 9/10

We rounded off the meal with a slice of the Salted Caramel Cake (S$8.90):

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So the story was, I wanted my friend to get the molten lava cake, but because of some miscommunication he ordered this cake instead. I was all ready to be all “ugh I hate this cake, you should have ordered the lava cake!” but then this cake turned out to be actually pretty good. It wasn’t spongey, but denser and more fudgey, you know? Nice and sweet, but the salted caramel provided some balance to the palette. I didn’t really care for the chocolate bits at the top (they got stuck in my teeth), but otherwise a decent cake. 8/10

At the end of it all I had a great meal at The Lab, and the vibe of the place is really cosy and laid back, so you never feel rushed and every conversation you have feels private. I’ll definitely go more often. I also like that they keep experimenting with the menu, so that sometimes you get things taken off/added to the menu – the Hungarian Goulash, notably, is missing from the latest menu. The cakes are also mostly out of this world. Once I came here just for dessert, and that was also super enjoyable! The Nutella Smores Tart is PHENOMS guys. Get on it!

The Lab SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01
Singapore 199069

Reservations (only for 6-15 pax): + 65 6299 5681
Remarks: Cash or NETS only please!

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 1230pm to 10pm
Sundays: 1pm to 930pm

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