Sunday, 15 October 2017

Five Marbles – Craft Beer and Crafted Food [MEDIA INVITE]


Five Marbles

Five Marbles, a new restaurant set up with the idea of building a community of people who love great food and great beers. At any day, there are 12 craft beers on tap sourced from this little red dot, Japan, Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand. The craft beer list will be refresh from time to time, to allow the customer to savour the exciting offerings.

The Craft Beer Menu

Following the theme of the restaurant, the food here is also infused with their craft beers. Don't worry, you won't get drunk from the food, but you can definitely get high from the beers.

Beer Price

We started with Craft Beer Mushroom Soup ($9). Made with four type of mushrooms: shiitake, portobello, white button and oyster. The brownish dark colour soup is robust, creamy and filled with complex mushrooms flavour. Watch out for the hint of beer flavour at the end of each slurp of the soup.

Craft Beer Mushroom Soup

Portobello Chicken Cheese Baked Beer Rice ($16). A flavourful mushroom and chicken rice, topped with cheddar cheese. It is then oven-baked, to melt the cheese and create a crisp texture of the cheese. The rice is al-dente, and you can taste the chicken and mushroom in each bite. A solid baked rice dish.

Portobello Chicken Cheese Baked Beer Rice 
Portobello Chicken Cheese Baked Beer Rice 

Bolognese Linguine ($16). A signature dish where the Chef will proudly called bolognese sauce as Ragu (a type of meat sauce that have simmered for hours under the TLC of the Chef). Craft beer is used here to replace the red wine in the sauce. The flavours of the bolognaise definitely stands out in each strand of the pasta.

Bolognese Linguine

Green Curry Lychee Duck Linguine ($19). A special recipe by the Chef, where lychee is added to give the sweetness in the curry. Advanced warning, this green curry is very spicy. You will definitely need one of the beers to cool down the flame. I feel the green curry infused nicely with the pasta. However, the smoked duck is more like a supporting cast dish instead of the leading protein in this dish.

Green Curry Lychee Duck Linguine

Craft Beer Chicken Rice ($16). Inspired by Beer Chicken recipe, the chicken is marinated with Cajun spices, beer then grilled. The meat is tender and succulent, to go with the homemade chicken rice. Not sure why they also include baked potatoes in this dish. Although it is delicious, it seems like too much carbo overload for me. Personally think that the Craft Beer Chicken should be served with either the rice or potatoes, not both.

Craft Beer Chicken Rice 

Salted Egg Fish Crisps ($9). One of the bar bites. Deep fried fish skin with salted egg. Crispy, Saltish and Addictive. Enough Said!!

Salted Egg Fish Crisps

Beer Grilled Honey Wings ($9 for half dozen). It has the same flavour as the Craft Beer Chicken. It is tender and succulent, with a solid cajun seasoning. LD wish that the skin is more crisp, to give this dish a contrasting texture.

Beer Grilled Honey Wings

I will not go through the 12 Craft beers on the list since I can't drink alcohol due to medical reason. However, for the most updated Craft beers on the tap, check out Five Marbles Facebook Page. The Craft Beers come in Half Pint (priced between $5 to $7) and Full Pint (priced between $10 to $14).

Innocence Kranji Kakis Ginger Beer

Innocence Calamity Coffee Ale (Left) &
Young's Double Chocolate Stout (Right)

The signature desserts in Five Marbles are definitely R-rated. They are called Beer Float, combining the artisan ice cream with Craft Beers. It also come with some catchy name such as: The White Princess ($17, Coconut Ice Cream + Gosnells Citra Sea Mead); Darker Than Black ($15, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream + Chocolate Stout); Crumble & Tumble ($15, Coconut Ice Cream + Apple Crumble Cider); and Calamity Affogato ($15, Vanilla Ice Cream + Coffee Ale). LD's favourite is Crumble & Tumble as it tasted like Apple Crumble pie in beer version.

Crumble & Tumble Beer Float

Calamity Affogato Beer Float

Located in the courtyard of Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, the setting is just gorgeous. The tall glass ceiling allows the natural lights to penetrate through, and the white colour tiles just brighten the place more. A good place to chill out and relax with friends and family.

The Glass Ceiling

Part of Dining Area

Overall, I applaud beer-infused dishes created in Five Marbles. It is like a bridge that links the food and beer pairing. Although I did not try the beers, LD enjoy their sweet and light version of their craft beer, especially their desserts Beer Float. A good place to chill out and to savour the beer inspired food and craft beers. Cheers!!

Food: 7.25/10
Drink: 8.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50

Five Marbles Craft Beer Restaurant
9 Bras Basah Road
Courtyard, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Singapore 189559

T: +65 9090 5830
IG: @Fivemarblessg 
OH: Daily 11.00 - Midnight

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