The Quarters: Hidden Gem Bistro Serving Locally-Inspired Food With A Modern Twist At Tanjong Pagar

The Quarters
16 Enggor Street, Icon Village, #01-09 Singapore 079717
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Contact: (+65) 6834 4174
Operating hours: Mon-Fri (8am-10pm), Sat (10am-10pm), Sun (10am-6pm)

Satay Burger ($17)
Spiced Chicken Thigh marinated for 24 hours between a crispy and chewy handmade rice patty, pimped with an aromatic peanut sauce

Salted Egg Fries ($9), *Chilli Crab Man Tou ($11), Quarterade ($16)

  • Salted Egg Fries: Crisp Shoestring Fries elevated with their signature handmade Salted Egg Aioli
  • Chilli Crab Man Tou: Deep-fried Man Tou accompanied with their in-house made chilli crab sauce with bits of crab meat (note: this item is not in their menu and only available upon special request)
  • Quarterade: Lemon, Mint and Dill

Durian Can Boleh ($8.50)
Not only an amazing Crème Brûlée, but the ultimate durian dessert made from Mao Shan Wang Durian

Bibik's Brownie ($11.80)
Unadulterated Buah Keluak Ice Cream with an amazing flavour of Chocolate, Nuts with a hint of Berries, made complete with a Brownie

Wonderffle ($12.80)
Handmade Lemongrass Ice Cream and Pandan Ie Cream, topped with a Gula Melaka glaze. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Ratings: 4/5

My two cents:

I discovered The Quarters by word of mouth. Curious as always, I grabbed my best food buddy, Yong Wei Kai, and we made our way there with our tummies directing the compass. Located in Icon Village Shopping Mall, this locally-inspired eatery is but a mere 5 minutes walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT.

It was the first time that I had heard of a Durian Crème Brulee – or better yet known as “Durian Can Boleh?”, a punny joke created by the owner – or even a Satay Burger.

Before sending my first forkful of their famous Durian Crème Brulee into my mouth, I asked the owner, “You sure anot? Durian… and crème brulee????” He confidently replied me, have a try first. And true enough, I became a big fan of it despite my detest for durians.

As for their rendition of Salted Egg Fries, I like it. The highlight of this dish is their signature handmade Salted Egg Aioli. The taste of their salted egg sauce was unlike most that I’ve had as it isn’t rich in flavour and is light on the palate, almost like it just touches and go.

Because of that, it is easy to get addicted to this dish as you can never get sick of the flavour. Their Salted Egg Aioli is so high in demand that it is available for purchase in a bottled form! Each jar of Salted Egg Aioli is selling for $14 and their Power Belacan is going at $12.

Now before I forget, there is a special item that isn't on the menu but definitely worth a try for all man tou lovers – their Chilli Crab Man Tou! This dish is so simple yet the flavours and convenience it brings, makes it my favourite item on the menu!

The Satay Burger is one that I would recommend everyone to try. The spiced chicken thigh is so juicy and well-marinated, and with that sandwiched between two crispy and chewy rice patty, topped with an aromatic peanut sauce… you don’t need to go to Lau Pat Sat to get your fix of Satay. This one here will do the trick, I promise.

The Bibik Brownie was an interesting dessert, for it had your usual chocolatey brownie served with nuts and berries, and a uniquely flavoured dairy dessert, Buah Keluak Ice Cream. The ice cream has its own sort of sourness that is unlike calamansi or lemon; those who fancy Buah Keluak would be better able to appreciate this dish.

The second dessert was Wonderffle, and that left a deep impression on me. I liked the gula melaka glaze as it is so much more fragrant than maple syrup but comparatively less sweet. The pandan ice cream was soooo good, I wish I could have that on its own with a waffle cone. The lemongrass ice cream tasted like lemongrass, and since I am not a big fan of lemongrass, I would say that it has indeed reached its primary goal (LOL)

If you and your friends/family are looking for an interesting meal comprising of local flavours served with a modern twist, then come to The Quarters. Your tastebud will thank you for it.

Here are some of the dishes that you might like to try: Chilli Crab Man Tou, Satay Burger, Ma Jie’s Indulgence (Chilli Crab Pasta), Wonderffle.

For the latest updates on their menu and ongoing promotions, check out their facebook page and Instagram.

Note: This post was sponsored by The Quarters.

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