Initially, I was not really looking forward to this tasting at FYR Cycene Ond Drinc as my friends who went for the previous one said that the food looked good but was not very tasty. However, they were invited in a huge group and I reckon that the food quality might not be very good when orders were going out at the same time. Also, general reviews online have been quite good, so I decided to give this a try.
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc is pronounced as FIRE Kitchen and Drink (I have no idea how they got ‘kitchen’ from ‘cycene). The walls are filled with vibrant murals and as the name suggests, fire is an important element in their cooking. All of the dishes are cooked using the Jasper Charcoal Oven with lychee wood to ensure that dishes have a smoky note tinged with sweetness. The dishes here are European with a Southeast Asian take on them.
Although I went there for dinner, the interior is quite brightly lit, so I did not have to worry about the lighting for photo-taking. The tables are rather small and if you are in a huge group it can be quite cramped.
Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea ($4.50) and Lime & Mint Soda ($4.50). The hibiscus drink came with hibiscus tea, fresh apple juice and is infused with mint syrup. For me, the tea was too overpowering and the fragrance of the hibiscus was lost. As for the soda, it reminded me of a virgin mojito.
Apple Rosemary Soda ($4.50), infused with lemon syrup. This soda was a perfect balance of fruit and herb. Unlike the hibiscus drink, this was pleasantly refreshing.
We also tried the Grilled Fresh Orange Juice ($4.50, not featured here), it was really interesting! The sweetness and smokiness were a winning combination. While we did not try the pineapple version of this, others said that the pineapple one was a pale comparison, which was unexpected since the caramelisation of the pineapple would have brought the flavours out more.
Homemade Rice Crispy with Tomato Sauce, of which the sauce tasted like tom yam! I must admit I did not see that coming at all, thinking that this was just the usual tomato dip that came with nachos.
Baked Freshly Shucked Oysters ($15), served with paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi,, spring onion and calamansi, on top of a bed of salt. I did not have this but everyone gave raving reviews, saying that the sauce and slight hint of spiciness brought out the freshness of the oysters.
Baked Aubergine & Chickpea Ragout ($10). Aubergine is what we commonly know as eggplant. Not an eggplant fan myself, I just had a little taste of this. It was soft and it came with miso and béchamel sauce.
Baked Half Bone Marrow ($15). The bone marrow comes with veal sweetbreads (which are organs) and spiked with Thai basil and Asian spices. I find the idea of sweetbreads quite disgusting but I tried this anyway. The tomato taste for this was very strong that I cannot really taste the bone marrow or sweetbreads.
Spiced Deboned Red Snapper with Sambal Belacan ($25). This came with a choice of mashed potato or buttered cassava. This is very tasty even without the sauce and worry-free since it is boneless!
Five-Spice Half Chicken, Striploin, Asian-Spiced Tiger Prawn ($55). This was the priciest dish we had that day, however it is a good way to indulge in all three meats with this huge sharing platter. The chicken was tender but we could not really taste the five-spice mix. The striploin was pretty average and the tenderloin we had later was much better. This dish comes with house salad with java curry dressing, which was something different.
365 Days Grain-Fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye ($32), served with tomato cilantro salsa, foie gras and black pepper sauces as shown in the picture below. The steak was salty but good. The chef got the doneness right. For this dish, we opted for the mashed potato, which was yummy!
Whole Main Lobster ($35). This lobster is topped with shallot lemongrass béchamel sauce and the aroma of seared lobster was really nice. However, the lobster was overcooked and ended up tough and rubbery.
Seafood Linguine ($18). Al dente spaghetti tossed with potpourri of seafood with lobster bisque, laska leaves and Thai basil.
Seafood Saffron Risotto ($48), which serves 2-3 pax and is one of their sharing plates. This is served with lobster broth, lemongrass, kencur and Spanish squid ink.
Banana Parfait ($10), with grilled banana, gula melaka and parmesan. This is a totally drool-worthy dessert in terms of both looks and taste. Imagine a scoop of ice cream coated with milk chocolate and then served on a hot plate with grilled bananas, coconut and gula melaka sauce!
Finally, their signature Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream ($10), with panda creme anglaise, pistachio and cinnamon. The pandan ice cream is very true to taste and reminds me of Bengawan Solo kuehs. The lava cake is art! A definite must-try!
At the end of the day, we got a complimentary dark chocolate truffle to take home! I must say I enjoyed dining here.
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
19 Boon Tat Street
Tel: 6221 3703
Monday to Friday 1100-2300hrs