Monday 28 July 2014

Cook and Brew - GastroPub With The Awesome View

Cook & Brew
Greatest appreciation to HungryGoWhere and The Westin Singapore for hosting the tasting session.

Cook and Brew ('C&B') is the latest dining concept by Westin, making its debut in Singapore. YES!! In case you have not heard, WESTIN is back in Singapore after 12 years hiatus from this red dot. C&B is a gastro-bar located on the 33rd floor of Asia Square Tower 2, which provide a beautiful scenic view of Marina Bay. It serves a modern interpretation of bar comfort food infuse with local flair, not to mention extensive selections of wine and beers.

The View from Cook & Brew
The Table Setting

We started our feast with Chilli Con Carne Volcano Topped with Cheddar Cheese ($13) and Sushi Bowl ($18). For me, Chilli Con Carne is the C&B interpretation of Curry Bread. They use paprika and chilli here quite freely. Expect a slow burn of the heat when you bit into the bun. I avoided the green chilli on top, as my spicy tolerance is low. It is pretty tasty.

Chilli Con Carne Volcano Topped with Cheddar Cheese

Chilli Con Carne Volcano Topped with Cheddar Cheese
Without the Green Chilli

The Sushi Bowl has a nice colourful presentation from the different ingredients. The salmon is fresh and grilled just right. The meat is still moist and tender. The teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayonnaise works will to bind the whole ingredients, including the tamago and pink radish.

The Sushi Bowl

Each of the food served is actually paired with a shot of beer. Unfortunately, I still can't consume alcohol, so I can't really comment on the beer pairing.

For the mains, we had Cook & Brew Fried Chicken ($27), Honey BBQ Ribs ($28), and German Butcher Platter ($34). C&B version of Fried Chicken has a Korean flair. Using meat with the bone, it is well seasoned and tasty. It is not too oily but very crispy, crisp to the extent that some part of the meat becomes too dry. The wasabi mayonnaise provides a good compliment while the spinach made you feel less guilty. Maybe it’s my taste buds, personally I like my fried chicken juicier.

Cook & Brew Fried Chicken

For the German Butcher Plate, it comes with selection of sausages, kassler rib, and veal schnitzel. Sauerkraut, pickles and mash potatoes are a given. The sausages are good. It is tender, juicy and grilled just right. Meanwhile the kassler rib is tender and slightly dry because it is the German version of cured meat. The veal schnitzel lacks in flavour, losing its ‘spot’ from the dish as it is surrounded by the yummy sausages. Mashed potatoes are smooth and creamy, while the pickles and sauerkraut helps to balance the fattiness in the proteins.

German Butcher Plate

German Butcher Plate, My Portion

Honey BBQ Ribs is my favourite dish for the night. It is perfectly executed. The meat just fell of the bone when you cut into it, and the charred flavour gives it an authentic BBQ feel. Forget the cutlery, just be a little bit barbaric and use your fingers. Ribs are made to be eaten with fingers. The coleslaw is fresh and good, and the wedges are a good companion for the ribs. Yummyyyy!!!

Honey BBQ Ribs

Honey BBQ Ribs, with meat fall off the bone

In between the main meal, we get to try the Hot Wings. Unlike other establishments, there is only one level of spiciness here. If you want me to rate it between 1 to 10, it will be on level 15, basically blow your head off. I had a bite and it just stops me there. If you are up to it, there is Hot Wings Challenge available. Finish 6 pair of midwings and drumlets, within 4 minutes, you will get the dish for free, photo on hall of fame plus 1 hour of free beer to subdue the spiciness. If you fail, then take out the money of your pocket for $20 hot wings and pay for your own beer.

Hot Wings

Desserts consist of Hot Chocolate Brownie ($15) and Almond Nougat Ice Cream ($15). The almond nougat come in bite size cylinder shape and coated with crunchy chocolate. It has the right balance of sweetness and the chocolate is very solid. It is good, but just does not give you a wow factor. You can't help but to compare it Almond Magnum ice cream that you get it from any convenience stores. The brownie on the other hand catches your attention. It has a good crunch on the outer part, while maintaining the chocolate moist texture inside. Served it with ice cream, I'll have it as my desserts any day.

Hot Chocolate Brownie

Almond Nougat Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate Brownie

The atmosphere of this place is just gorgeous. Definitely a place you want to hang out. It has a good view of the Marina Bay and will even be better when they relocate the Singapore Port. The décor is combination of wood, classy and classic furniture. You have the option to place yourself in standing table area, couches, dining area, balcony and even the bar. During the EPL season, this is the place to be.

Some Part of the Dining Area

The Bar
Chilling Area
Overall, Cook and Brew served up a good gastropub food with local twist. So if you are looking for a place for good grub and good beer, give this place a try. For wine lovers, check out their Enomatic wine dispenser system. With a wine card, you can have the freedom to taste any wine, and decided to go for the half or full glass. Looking forward to my return visit here. Cheers!!

Enomatic wine dispenser system

Food: 7.75/10. Drinks 9/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: n/a
Ambiance: 9/10
Budget per Person: $26-50

Cook and Brew
12 Marina View
Asia Square Tower 2
Level 33, Westin Hotels & Resorts
Singapore 018961

T: +65 6922 2948
Mon – Thu: 11.00 – Midnight
Fri: 11.00 – 01.00
Sat: 06.00 – 01.00
Sun: Open for private events

Menu is available online

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