Maggie Joan’s is located in a back alley along Gemmill Lane. The one very peculiar feature about the restaurant is that there is no means of access from the front. Rather, the entrance is a nondescript dark brown door, with only a simple black and white sign to indicate the presence of the restaurant.
As I entered the restaurant, I was led through the first dining area where a row of lacquer wooden tables lined the wall of the dimly lit room. We were guided towards the back of the restaurant, where we had “prime seats” facing the open kitchen. From there, I had a good view of the culinary team hard at work in the kitchen. By the way, both dining areas are dimly lit and rather chilly.
Roast Jerusalem Artichoke & Manchego ($8). The artichoke tasted strangely like potatoes. It was liberally topped with sesame seeds and ivory-yellow Spanish manchego cheese. The light and buttery texture of the cheese complimented the artichoke.
Egg, Dukkah & Saffron Mayo ($6). If you have been following social media, this is touted as one of the best dishes at Maggie Joan’s. And it is true. The dish was executed perfectly. With just a slice, the yolk burst through, intermingling with the flavourful spice mix.
Swordfish, Tabbouleh ($29). My first time trying this Arabian salad whereon the swordfish lay upon. A beautiful medley of tomatoes, herbs and citrus.
Roast Bass, Pesto & Marinated Tomatoes ($28). Sea Bass is a common type of fish found in the menu of many restaurants, however some restaurants do not prepare the fish properly and end up serving an overcooked and dry dish. This sea bass was crispy on the outside, the skin giving a nice crackling sound as I bit into it, yet the fish remained tender.
Grilled Iberico Pork Secreto, Prunes & Cauliflower ($36). Just one work to sum up the dish: fantastic! I would strongly recommend this if you favour pork.
Rangers Valley Strip Loin & Salsa Verde ($88). This is undeniably smaller than any sharing portion steaks I have ever had. I have to acknowledge that it is not the usual bone-in cuts you get when you order a steak to share. That said, there is nothing really special about the steak.
Fried Potato, Ricotta, Bottarga ($9). The side was served with grated cured fish roe, lending a salty taste to the potatoes.
Desserts & Cheese:
Goat’s Cheese, Raspberry, Muscatel & Bee Pollen ($10). My sis always eyes the cheese platter at the dessert section and once she saw this on the menu, she knew she had to order it.
A daily special, Mango and Coconut Tart. I loved this and would strongly recommend it if it appears on the Specials. The melding of both flavours was simply perfect.
110 Amoy Street, #01-01
Tel: 6221 5564
Monday to Friday 1200-1430hrs and 1800-2300hrs
Closed on Sundays.
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer Station (Downtown Line)