Located within the grounds of the old Zouk and just next to the Fraser Residence River Promenade is Jiak Kim House which is also named after the street it is in.
This is a relatively quiet part of Robertson Quay, away from the cafes and restaurants predominating the northern bank of the Singapore River.
Jiak Kim serves Modern Asian cuisine in a gorgeous setting with high ceilings and interior design from award-winning firm Dinding Design Office. Think: chic living room illuminated by pendant and wall light fixtures, louvered panels and terracotta-hued finishings. It’s hard to imagine that a seemingly bespoke venue such as Jiak Kim House is opened by Brewerkz, a restaurant brand that is a common sight around Singapore.
Jiak Kim House is helmed by Chef-Partner Seow Tzi Qin who goes by “TQ” and who also serves as Group Executive Chef at The Brewerkz Group. Prior to that, he has worked in various kitchens including Les Amis, La Taperia and 1919 Waterboat House.
I dropped by Jiak Kim House one evening for dinner. Despite being just a few days from Chinese New Year, I found the restaurant almost full. Reviews had been good in the few weeks or so that the restaurant had been open.