Voted by the trendsetting IS magazine as one of 2015's must-go restaurants in Singapore, May May is slick, contemporary and yet utterly accessible, with its playful Mod-Asian menu. Our dinner there last Sat:
- May May Bossam: watermelon confit, served with shiso and Korean ssam sauce. A nifty little spray containing sesame dressing was provided on the side. The watermelon had an almost tuna-like appearance and an indescribable flavour.
- Momotaro tomato, with ricotta, crispy seaweed and pesto. Didn't work too well here. The momotaro was overwhelmed by the pesto and the flavours didn't quite gel, unlike the momotaro served at Taste Paradise @ ION with its honey-mustard dressing.
- Fried cauliflower, with chat masala, pear and tamarind: the rather assertive chat masala gave the dish into a very Indian flavour, with only the ripe pear providing some fresh bursts of sweetness which undercuts the curry-like salad dish.
- Cured mackerel, with avocado, radish and pickled shallots: the description was promising, but it turned out a bit disappointingly bland. The pickled shallots were practically unnoticeable - I was hoping they'll provide a sweet-sourish stab of flavours to lift the otherwise rather tasteless dish.
- Confit potatoes, with bacon, spring onions and dashi foam: the dashi foam was a novelty, but proved crucial to add flavour to this otherwise seemingly breakfast dish.
- Lobster noodles: rice noodles, with lemongrass-kaffir lime-coconut broth. The lobster portion was minute, but bouncy fresh - really enjoyed that. The broth was subtle and light - a bit like Thai "tom kha" soup for dummies. Not surprisingly, it was the most popular dish on the menu.
- Seared Wagyu ribeye, served atop a crispy rice patty, seaweed salasa verde and herb salad: my fave dish for the evening by a mile
- the Wagyu beef was meltingly-soft and very flavoursome, and juxtaposed beautifully with the fragrant, grilled Japanese "onigiri" rice patty with its golden-crisp crust encasing moist rice grains. I'll gladly come back just for this.
As for the drinks, the Japanese beer from Gunma, Ozeno Yukidoke White Weizen, was light & fizzy (the way the Japanese prefer their brew), whilst the non-alcoholic pandan-lemongrass soda was pretty interesting. Service was friendly, and the place has a light, pleasant vibe.
65 Tras Street
Tel: +65 6221 4698.