We checked out Morsels’ new digs at Dempsey (opposite Long Beach), and were delighted by the homely, inviting vibe in the space. White-washed window panes and wooden furniture add to the rustic, barnyard feel.
We enjoyed Chef-owner Petrina Loh’s umami-loaded signature dish of charred house-poached octopus with squid ink pearl rice risotto, salted egg sauce and tobiko ($26). But what really won us over was her new dish of grilled wild Sri Lankan tiger prawns with sakura ebi daikon cake, burnt okra, tamarind miso sauce and calamansi furikake ($24). It tasted just like our local carrot cake, aka chai tow kway, except it was one topped with succulent prawns.
Take your pick from the à la carte menu or check out the omakase sets (from $40 per person for lunch and $65 per person for dinner). Other bits that have changed with the move—lunch service now includes a noodle bar with mains like assam laksa served with an appetiser (selection changes weekly). The restaurant is also open for weekend brunch (from 10.30am), where you can indulge in smørrebrød—Danish open-faced sandwiches—along with other snacks, small plates and a selection of Morsels’ classics.
Also, don’t miss a choice selection of Japan’s Grace Winery wines available here. Our favourite was their Hokkaido-produced 2010 Grace Wine Kerner Late Harvest, a dessert wine that went superbly with Chef Petrina’s jackfruit dessert.
25 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6266 3822