A hidden, obscure, secret hideaway? Does it even exist on our little dot of an island? Well, lo and behold, Kilo is such and boy did it get us all schoolgirl excited! First tip: Dress light as there’s no air conditioning at this restaurant. Wait!! Actually the first tip should be to book early!
Taking up the entire 2nd storey of a secluded old warehouse building overlooking the Kallang River, Kilo exudes a relaxed, casual, and unpretentious atmosphere the moment you step out of the old vintage creaky lift! It was a cool evening fortunately but on warmer days, I fear even the numerous ceiling fans may not cut it 😓…
We ordered both the recommended main dishes and being fans of raw beef, the Korean Beef Tartare starter to share.
Doused with a wonderful sweet, tangy marinade, dices of raw beef and pear pile atop crispy sourdough toast. Generously topped with pine nuts, chives and a drizzle of balsamic. Took the first bite and wow! The flavor is exotic and absolutely yummy! I’ve had my fair share of Korean beef tartare in Seoul, still love those but Kilo’s twisted formula is mind-boggling!
A little late when we realized we had ordered 2 carbo dishes as our main courses but alas..no regrets! The Squid Ink Rice was a black Sea of divine yumminess! The rice, dryer than an Italian risotto, had a bite more like fried glutinous rice, and with just the right hint of who-does-not-❤️-aioli! The salmon roe explodes in random mouthfuls, oozing saltiness amidst the rice.. and that squeeze of lemon juice balances and ties everything up beautifully. The crispy squid was fresh and tender but could be crispier.
The Cream of Ebiko Pasta … Gosh.. I’m drooling just thinking about it!! Where do I begin… Creamy spaghetti topped with 3 good sized prawns and lots of smelt roe. The pasta isn’t swimming in sauce, and in fact seemed a little dry when we dug our forks in it… yet every single strand is well coated and glossy and was in fact not dry at all. And it is PERFECTLY al dente. Plus the happy oomph from the crunchy salty roe in every mouthful! Winner 💯! Prawns were ideal but I think other crustaceans would be great too. This was delicious. With limited stomach space, I couldn’t decide to have more rice or more pasta!
We were stuffed after polishing off both main courses but it’d be a sin to leave without dessert! Ordered the Thai Tea Cream Caramel as it sounded lightest among the four on the menu. This was very creamy, very sweet and very strong.. y’know, just like a classic Thai ice tea!
Everyone does fusion, or rather try to… But Kilo’s nailed it to a T! She’s Spanish, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Korean and I’ll bet we ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Kudos also, to the efficient and friendly service team! Without a doubt, a very pleasant evening, from discovering the restaurant, to the awesome culinary, to post dinner drinks chilling at the Kilo Lounge… I’m already planning my next visit. In fact, I have even picked out my dishes… And it’s worth every kilo on my bathroom scale😄!
Kilo Kallang @ 66 Kampong Bugis Singapore 338987