Round a month again, I went up the 51st flooring of CapitaSpring to take a look at the eating ideas that had newly opened there. Oumi, a contemporary Japanese Kappo restaurant, takes up half of the F&B area whereas Kaarla, the mod-Australian restaurant, takes up the opposite. I dined at Oumi throughout that occasion so this month, I returned to take a look at Kaarla.
Opposite to my preliminary assumption, the restaurant identify “Kaarla” shouldn’t be a homage to a specific individual. It truly means “the place the house fires burn” within the Australian aboriginal language.
At Kaarla, the main target is on the delicacies from Australia’s coast. My host was fast to level out that a big majority of Australians stay alongside the coast so it comes as no shock that one will get to expertise the bounties of each the land and sea at Kaarla.
For starters, we had the Damper (S$8 per piece). Damper is a thick do-it-yourself soda bread that’s quintessential in Australian society. In Kaarla, the damper is left to ferment and aerate inside the 1-Arden Meals Forest (CapitaSpring’s rooftop backyard) previous to serving. The gathering of pure yeast within the air permits for a singular style to the dough. The bread is doused in a local macadamia unfold, lardo and lemon balm – permitting for a barely nutty style to juxtapose with the sourness.
For one thing extra typical, one can’t go improper with oysters. The Australian Market Oyster (S$8 per piece) is shucked upon order and drizzled with a house-fermented fig lead and oyster plant vinegar.
One profit of getting a rooftop backyard of your individual is that you just get an incredible supply of greens proper at the doorstep. That is mirrored in Kaarla’s menu. Lots of the dishes (together with the meats) function a sprinkling or two of among the day’s harvest. To pattern the delights from the 1-Arden Meals Forest in a single plate, the Kaarla Closed Loop Salad (S$28) options over 20 completely different edible leaves and flowers from the outside backyard. The picks fluctuate based on what’s in season and might embody the likes of Roselle leaves, fame flowe, marigold, Egyptian star and cat whiskers. The myriad of herbs definitely give various textures when consumed particularly when thought-about alongside the tiger nut curd dressing, and is a must-order right here for my part for its uniqueness.
Talking of uniqueness, one can even pattern some unique dishes right here. This being an Australian restaurant – I checked out the Salt Cured Kangaroo (S$32). My solely prior publicity to kangaroo meat earlier than this was by way of jerkies and I keep in mind how robust these had been so I used to be initially skeptical when this dish got here. I’m pleased to report that the kangaroo meat right here definitely dispelled any notions I had in regards to the toughness. The meat right here was brined, hung and smoked for 3 days every and thinly sliced which assist to elucidate how they managed to realize such an unimaginable tenderness.
Amongst seafood choices, the pickled Australian Blue Mussels (S$30) or Line Caught John Dory (S$62) are worthy choices. The latter is famous for being topped with abalone and possessing a sauce made with the innards of the abalone.
The Free Vary Pork (S$58) consists of a pork asado shortrib minimize. It’s brined for two days then slow-cooked on a a wood-fire grill for 8 hours. The “asado” means you’ve the stomach and loin hooked up to the rib. That is greatest eaten with the nice and cozy minya and riberry French dressing to actually respect the dish’ overarching taste profile.
One other meat choice is the Aged King Island Beef (S$210 per kg) which was already fairly flavorful even with out dipping it wherever.
Typically relegated as a aspect dish, I discovered the Pumpkin (S$18) surprisingly noteworthy. It featured a burnt crust, miso comprised of pumpkin seeds and was topped with goat’s feta – evidently exhibiting how a lot thought was put into perfecting the recipe for this dish. The mix of those elements created an umami taste that one wouldn’t usually affiliate with the sweeter profile of pumpkin. Once more, this reveals Kaarla’s capabilities in making ready plant-based dishes.
I loved the dessert choice at Kaarla as a result of they make every part inhouse, even the ice cream which are available distinctive flavors. I used to be significantly keen on the Arden Grown Tigernut Ice Cream (S$25) because it had “many issues happening on the similar time.” By that, I imply the mixture of tiger nut nougatine, calamansi jelly and poached oranges. There’s crispy and mushy, candy and bitter all on the similar time. The tiger nuts used for the ice cream and nougatine come from the 1-Arden Meals Forest as properly.
My different dinner companions had been extra inclined in direction of the Wooden Fired Pineapple (S$22) and I can see why. The star right here is the caramelized pineapple, served baked and with a candy coat of syrup. In distinction, the shoyu ice cream that got here with the dessert was too creamy for my liking.
There are a selection of so-called “Australian” eating places in Singapore however most of them deal with brunch / cafe or BBQ gadgets which the Land Down Beneath can also be recognized for. In distinction, Kaarla is a breath of contemporary air as a result of it significantly takes the Australian method by coronary heart by providing Aussie dishes that you just’d be hard-pressed to seek out wherever else in Singapore.
88 Market St
+65 8518 3763
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12PM to 2:30PM
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6PM to midnight