Awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand last year, One Prawn & Co headed by chef and co-owner Gwyneth Ang has ventured past its famed prawn noodles and gone further into seafood territory with a fancy 12-course omakase-style dinner menu ($128++) — yes, it’s served within the eatery’s kopitiam locale.
Kicking things off is a platter of four morsels. Start with the Hyogo oyster topped with a tangy and frosty mignonette granita, before moving on to cured amberjack. Then there’s creamy white shrimp given an interesting and delicious spin with aromatic garam masala and coconut cream, and a crisp lightly battered tempura soft shell crab with kicap manis.
Along the way, you’ll also get plump Scottish king scallop in a tasty homemade XO sauce, squid noodles atop punchy salsa verde, and charcoal-grilled turbot from Denmark crowned with a rich tangy mix of garlic brown butter sauce and mashed capers. It’s enjoyable but also felt just shy of becoming overcooked. What didn’t quite stand out was the grilled Maitake mushroom served with burnt barley risotto and chicken jus.
There’s steak on the menu, too — succulent beefy cuts of onglet (hanger steak) paired with a mild earthy sunchoke cream. The last savoury item on the menu, the Abalone Poached Rice aka pao fan, is an absolute winner with One Prawn & Co’s signature bisque, which is thick, rich and heady. Unfortunately, it isn’t available a la carte yet, but one can hope. For dessert, there’s a plate of fruits sourced from a local market and mini ice cream cones. And if you like, there’s a free-flow of house sake available at $30++.
Our take? Shelling out $128 for dining in a coffeeshop setting might not be for everyone, but if you’re there solely for the food, then it’s worth considering the experience.
The 12-course menu is at $128++ per person, available from Tues to Sun, 6pm till late. Its prawn mee is available for lunch from 11am to 5pm. One Prawn & Co is at 458 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368176. Closed on Mon.