Decked in random designer furnishings and Andalucian tiles, the artsy Beast & Butterflies does not immediately occur to one as a hotel restaurant. Housed in a separate enclosure from the hotel lobby, the two year old Asian fusion restaurant displays its interesting hipster-esque name by the quayside, belying the cuisine that it serves – there are certainly no beasts nor butterflies in here.
I dined at Beast & Butterflies for the first time during my staycation at M Social Singapore. A look at the menu clued me in as to why the venue is named as such. “Beast” refers to the hearty and robust dishes with bold flavors while “butterflies” refer to the lighter dishes. Incidentally, the restaurant has just recently revamped its menu.
I started the meal with the signature Teochew-style Lobster Porridge (S$38). The porridge here is best thought of as a soup with the clear broth having been simmered for eight hours. The rice is then added later which explains why the grains still retain the texture of regular steamed rice. This is one premium dish with half a lobster and a plump piece of abalone filling the bowl. Toppings such as the fried shredded ginger, scallions, crispy conpoy and bonito flakes causes the soup’ fragrance to stand out even before anything entered my mouth. This is one dish that’s worth ordering and is decently priced considering what the porridge comes with.
The Crispy Pork Knuckle ($26 for half portion / $36 for whole portion) served in a wooden platter is one dish which I’d imagine would go well when dining with a huge group of friends over some beer. The preparation is decidedly European although the Thai-infused sauces – spicy Thai nam jim sauce and a thick Peking–style hoisin sauce – bring an Asian robustness into it. The sauerkraut side here is sesame-scented, adding a further Asian element into the dish.
I ended the meal with the Yam Brulee (S$12). A play on the local yam paste dessert called Orh Nee, Beast & Butterflies’ interpretation comes with a layer of hard caramel on top. The yam custard at the bottom stays quite faithful to the local dessert. Do watch out for the chunks of yam at the bottom. One serving also comes with coconut ice cream on the side.
Beast & Butterflies
90 Robertson Quay