7 must-eats at Izy Fook, according to #girlboss Sonia Chew

Hearty lunch bowls, local-inspired bar bites, and more

7 must-eats at Izy Fook, according to #girlboss Sonia Chew
7 must-eats at Izy Fook, according to #girlboss Sonia Chew
05 Jul 2019

7 must-eats at Izy Fook, according to #girlboss Sonia Chew

Celebrity-owned restaurants seem to be the trend in Singapore’s F&B scene this year. Actor Ian Fang joined House of MU at the start of the year, Julie Tan opened Botany in March, and now the latest star to jump on the bandwagon is 987 DJ Sonia Chew with Izy Fook, a decision that came as a bit of a surprise even to herself. 

Starting a side business has always been something Sonia's wanted to do, but she "never thought of F&B ever" simply because she can't cook. "But the partners approached me and said they wanted to team up and think of a cooler concept that might attract the younger crowd. I was [up for it] because when it comes to creativity and branding, it is up my alley," she shared.

A collaboration with the owners of Old Airport Road Food Centre roast meat stall Roast Paradise, and Izy Dining & Bar which used to occupy the shophouse unit on Club Street, the mod-Sin izakaya only opened its doors a month ago and is already pulling in the crowds with its menu of hearty lunch bowls and local-inspired bar bites at night such as Roast Pork and Char Siu platters, and Cereal Soft Shell Prawns.

For Sonia, who is a self-confessed hawker foodie, focusing on local cuisine was a no-brainer. “I felt that we need to relate more to our local audience… so our dishes are inspired by hawker food and local cuisine but served in an izakaya format because we want customers to enjoy it by pairing it with sake and cocktails,” said the 27-year-old.

Looks like the concept is a winner. Sonia shared that popular dishes like the Superior Prawn Mee Pok and roast meats sometimes sell out by 8pm. To meet demand, the kitchen is working to expand quantity, and possibly start a small supper menu for the weekends, which is good news for the radio DJ’s celeb pals (“they have tried everything!”) and her investment banker boyfriend, Jeremy Sng, who “has been eating here non-stop”. 

“He’s been bringing his clients here but he’s less of a carby person so he loves the roast meats and the salads. But he’s also very healthy. Different audience,” she quipped.

Read on for Sonia’s top picks as well as best-sellers at Izy Fook.

Izy Fook is located at 27 Club Street Quay, Singapore 069413

Amber Jack Ceviche ($18)
Amber Jack Ceviche ($18)
05 Jul 2019

Amber Jack Ceviche ($18)

This ceviche wins high marks as a starter. Thick slices of raw amber jack fish are combined with onions, cucumbers, tobiko, and a “spicy kampung dressing” of calamansi and chilli to give it a refreshing zing. Beautifully balanced with spicy and sharp flavours reminiscent of a Thai salad.

Superior Prawn Mee Pok ($19)
Superior Prawn Mee Pok ($19)
05 Jul 2019

Superior Prawn Mee Pok ($19)

The Prawn Mee Pok certainly lives up to its “superior” name. Served with three black tiger prawns, minced pork, and diced lup cheong, the flavour packs a punch. The magic is in the umami-rich broth which is cooked with prawn heads, while the sakura ebi gives it another dimension. Now we know why Sonia can’t stop raving about it.

Wagyu Truffle Donburi ($34/$58)
Wagyu Truffle Donburi ($34/$58)
05 Jul 2019

Wagyu Truffle Donburi ($34/$58)

A favourite from Izy Dining & Bar and the only dish that they retained. And we can see why. Boasting a generous serving of tender medium pink beef slices, shaved truffles, and an onsen egg hidden at the bottom, the Wagyu Truffle Donburi is brimming with intense flavours. Give the don a good mix so every grain of rice is cloaked with egg and truffle goodness. At $34, it’s not the most affordable, but definitely worth the splurge. Add $3.50 for a lunch set meal with soup, salad, fruit and green tea.

Karaage Chicken Donburi ($12.80 for lunch)
Karaage Chicken Donburi ($12.80 for lunch)
05 Jul 2019

Karaage Chicken Donburi ($12.80 for lunch)

Unfortunately, this lunch favourite was a bit of a letdown. Though the generous chunks of chicken thigh, twice-fried for extra crunch and coated with a teriyaki-balsamic mayo sauce, were pretty flavourful, the rice was a tad dry. 

Cereal Soft Shell Prawns ($24 for 4 pieces)
Cereal Soft Shell Prawns ($24 for 4 pieces)
05 Jul 2019

Cereal Soft Shell Prawns ($24 for 4 pieces)

A quintessential zi char dish, the prawns are coated in a thicker-than-usual crust that is crisp and served with a heap of crunchy cereal that is perfumed with curry leaves and drizzled with chilli aioli. Not as buttery as we’d like, but tasty nonetheless.

Char Siu Platter (Medium, $20)
Char Siu Platter (Medium, $20)
05 Jul 2019

Char Siu Platter (Medium, $20)

A must-try is Roast Paradise’s signature Kuala Lumpur-style fatty char siu. Roasted in-house over a charcoal fire for more than two hours, the char siu, with its perfect meat-to-fat ratio, is tender with a glistening caramelised crust and pronounced charred flavour. Sweet, smokey and luscious, it hits all the right spots and then some. Prices start at $10 for a platter for two.

Steamed Clams in Dashi ($18/$34)
Steamed Clams in Dashi ($18/$34)
05 Jul 2019

Steamed Clams in Dashi ($18/$34)

After all the heavy meats, we were happy to balance things out with steamed clams that have been cooked in dashi, mirin, herbs, and sake. The delicate broth, enhanced by the umami-filled juices of the clams, was slurp-worthy and oh-so-comforting. We finished every drop of it.

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