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Our best lunch ever – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday…

Our best lunch ever – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday…

Birthdays now just sort of blend into each other and you just become really happy you’re actually having another one haha. So I booked a few days off work to enjoy this super long weekend of wedding anniversary and birthday. The family asked me where I’d like to celebrate my day over a family lunch and I chose our mate Chef Drew @ Salted & Hung. We’ve been there quite a few times, with the last time being wifey and me when I was made redundant by Telstra and had some time off and wrote a restaurant review series of #workisover-rated lunch with wifey. Remember them? We also then got to see him at the special event up the top of Marina Bay Sands that he and the likes of Chef Pynt were invited to cook at – remember that event?

I am going to call this now right upfront. We all sat mesmerised during service as more and more plates of the most incredible looking, smelling, tasting food hit us. We were gazing over the counter at Chef Drew and Crew, artisans of their trade crafting this amazing smorgasbord for us. It felt like we were on the same team, but we were the lucky fuckers just eating and drinking this day. During this lunch wifey and I, and the 18, 12, and 6-year-old all of whom are a mixed bunch as you know with English, Filipino and Japanese influences ALL concluded that this was to date;

Our best lunch ever – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday…

Have a look @ our ‘history’ with Chef Drew if you like, but hurry on back as the food is about to start soon….

Lunch ‘w’ Wifey – July 4th 2019

Ollie’s 17th Birthday – October 27th 2018

Sky High Gourmet Fiesta – January 20th 2020

We just love his philosophy of the restaurant;

“the philosophy of minimal waste Salted & Hung is a contemporary Australian restaurant conceptualised with minimal waste in mind. At the core of our menu is the creative use of forgotten parts, from skin to bone, protein to innards. Coupled with elements of smoking, curing, pickling and grilling, we aim to showcase the beauty and functionality of the forgotten whilst building a sustainable kitchen.

The variety is just out there. The quality of the ingenuity, pairings and ingredients, produce, plating and flavours are just up there at the very top of anyone’s game we reckon. The staff are just lovely. The experience is uber cool, especially if you sit at the ‘Chef’s Bar’ and watch the action unfold in front of your eyes (as we did today).

Nothing is hidden. This is FOOD THEATRE and I love theatre.

Now, when wifey and I came a year ago it was when Chef Drew had just decided to have a change in his style and his menu direction. He openly admitted he wanted to change it and ‘grow up’. That included the style of the restaurant, so gone were the cartoons of pigs and George Orwell quotations to the plain urban warehouse walls and minimalistic style of today. Some beautiful art now adorns the walls, and if you look closely as you tuck into your dessert you may put two and two together regards to the origins of the art.

He also discussed that the menu needed to change, and that absolutely took a major step up a year ago, and yet again for today. He is now in a much happier place with his food as he’ll self-admittedly discuss and it comes across in the food. Chef Drew surely has a new spring in his step, and not just because of the beautiful kangaroo dish he is serving these days on his Feed Me tasting menu…

But then Covid19 came into the mix. How the fuck do you manage with home-deliveries only when your menu is based on some of the most exquisite platings? It is quite incredible to see how Chef Drew has managed that as he now has four options, yes folks FOUR… He even has one concept that I adore and have contemplated myself for our ideas for the Philippines – Hobson’s Choice, as in there is no choice, or as Chef Drew calls it Feed Me;

Weekdays – Tasting Menu only…

(8 or 10 course options)

Weekends – Tasting Menu + Al La Carte

(this was us today…)

Deliveries of ‘comfort food’

(you have to look at the choices – but be sure to order the Pastrami sandwich & uni panna cotta)

Deli Deliveries of his cured meats, home-made sausages, smoked bacon etc

(I placed an order immediately after we left)

And so we had our hellos, and catch up chit chats about all the above and then got into the serious business of absorbing that new menu and making the hardest decisions we would make today. What to eat! And those decisions became;

Our best lunch EVER – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday…

I make no apologies for the length of this review. It’s an experience you can’t describe in one photo or one paragraph. This is a story. I do, however, apologise for not remembering the specifics of each dish. But that should add to the mystery for you… a reason to visit and find out yourself!!!

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Everything is just uber cool including the wax-sealed menus and in this case wax-sealed birthday card from Chef Drew and the Crew. Bless you, guys, thank you…
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“Is that a loaded gun in your pocket, or…” Holy fuck! Mine’s bigger than yours… I kid you not Chef takes out a container and throws this bad boy on the table. I then have to decide which dishes we’re going truffle heavy on – or black gold as Chef calls it. I kid you not he pulls this out before the first dish arrived – you kind of know what the rest of lunch is going to be like right… fuck me, I am in HEAVEN!!! Such a good choice for lunch!!!
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I do need to apologise for some fuzzy photos – not the best ever taken on the old iPhone. Bugger. Anyways here is the happy family and the old man (me that is not Chef) with Chef drew about to be excited, wow’d, shocked and delighted… The suspense is killing me…
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Sous Chef and fellow Boily Eyelash fan, like Strawberry Blonde, plating the AMAZING sounding UNI & SOY PANNA COTTA
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So nice of Chef to get some beer mats made just because he knew I was coming in today… (yes I can dream…)
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Check out the plating of this beautiful seaside dish – just need a couple of seagulls and I’d feel like I’m back in Margate. Sadly I can eat this (you know me), but I can inform you it smells of the sea. Not fishy, it smells of the ocean. It’s a panna cotta made with home-made fish soy, some crispy seaweed, pickles, heaps of fresh Uni and, and. Both Wifey & #1 were speechless for a few minutes before they then started gabbing about how absolutely amazing it was. Wifey verdict was that it was unique, and a perfect combination #bestdishever This was the ‘UNI & SOY PANNA COTTA’
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Top, middle or bottom? Er Chef, can I have one of everything…? This is meats coated in rendered beef fat that is dry-ageing. I want to live on the spare shelf, please…
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Oh my. Sheets of grease-proof paper hold the next delight for this food agenda. Paper-thin and almost translucent. But WTF is this white stuff I hear you ask? Why that is lard. Yes, lard. We used to have tubs of this in my Nan’s fridge for cooking with. It would be used to replace cooking oil, go in mincemeat pies at Xmas and the like. Chef Drew has clearly taken this up many, many levels. Melt-in-your-mouth smoky, fatty, sweet, savoury, floral hits. WOW. Hurry and eat though as this will literally melt on the plate. This is ‘LARDO’ – cured back fat, truffle honey
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Er Chef or the server clearly have gone mad and mixed plates up as we ordered the cheeseburgers next… But no this is that. Holy cow, literally! It’s a blitzkrieg on your senses. You feel in your head like you should be holding a big fuck-off cheeseburger due to the flavour hit you’re getting when actually you have just thrown in a single bite. It’s crazy good. This is ‘CHEESEBURGER’ – raw Wagyu, pickles & smoked ketchup
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I’d seen this on the photo albums of the restaurant but not quite work out what it could be. With the caviar, this was another for Wifey & #1, not for I haha. Damn, it looks so good too. This is their spin on the English classic of fish ‘n’ chips. What a beauty. I hear from my partaking family members that this was just crazily good, again almost throwing your senses with look and texture but then bringing some brain-sense back with incredible flavour. Stunning plating it has to be said. This is ‘FISH N CHIPS’ – chick pea chip, pea puree & caviar
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Oh my. What is in this little jar? By the way, you can order this from the on-line Deli (and I have). Foie grass, love it or hate it? I LOVE it and so does everyone in the family. And this little jar with the little jelly top only goes to make me love it more and more. The home-made Sourdough Bread accompanying this is really just sublime too, you’ll see more of that later. The labour of love that is Sourdough Bread. This is Chef’s parfait AKA the best spread you’ll ever put on your knife and spread on some toast. The jelly sweetness and acidity is the perfect bedfellow for the Foie, but the Foie was just so super-creamy too. It is a killer of a dish. Hoping my order gets home soon… This is ‘FOIE GRAS PARFAIT’- Umeshi jelly & sour dough
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This shit ain’t cheap and needs to be charged out accordingly by the slice. This is for some for a forthcoming dish, the raw scallop. But wait for the rib, gay abandon on that with the truffle with Chef sort of saying; “tell me when to stop”. I think I may have dozed off for a bit when he said that…
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Do you want some bread with that? Well, suffice to say you don’t just get bread. All homemade by that amazing labour of love of Sourdough. This is IPA infused and then served with 2 types of ‘butter’. Not just any butter though of course. Well, this is Salted & Hung. This is ‘IPA SOURDOUGH’ – whipped lard & kelp butter
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See what I mean when I say artisans of their craft. This is like bloody arts and crafts lesson. It’s meticulous. The eye for detail of these guys, especially Chef Drew is insane. It’s poetry in motion, and I am hooked on the theatre…
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How can you not love dry-ice? Well, here we go. But what is that white stuff that Chef is plating with? How about Chili Granita. WTF… Yes indeed, it is an icy-cold dessert (usually) made from chili on top of this rather complex tasting dish (this is also the one with additional black gold on it as you will see). This dish was incredible. As it was raw I had a little dig into this too. Chili pop-rocks are going off in your mouth and then all these other flavours and textures hit you in succession. It’s just food genius… An incredible plate and a wonderful dish all up. Wow!
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This is just stunning, this is ‘TREASURES OF THE SEA’ – raw scallops, caviar, yuzu Sake & chilli Granita
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I’d bet you $1000 you’d never ever guess what this is. Very much to Chef Drew’s ‘nose to tail’ philosophy. It’s a beautiful dish plated which again amazes your eyes when you find out what it is. You bite into it and are completely confused by the almost deep-fried chicken skin consistency (#1’s very accurate observation) and superb crunch. Then you get the spaces kicking in and the fried fresh herb leaves, and then a dip in the Sicilian pepper and eggplant sauce that accompanies this dish. It’s a big WOW for this dish. An even bigger WOW when you realise that this is actually tripe. Would you have ever guessed that? This is ‘SALT & PEPPER TRIPE’ – Szechuan Pepper & Caponata
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Stop the fucking bus!!! I need a laydown. This one here. This one-dish made me pause and cut off a piece to save for later as I didn’t want to eat it all in one go. Chef advises that this was THE ONE that went bonkers during Covid for his home-delivery with something like 15Kg of meat a day being used. That is an INCREDIBLE amount of this goodness. This is the very best sandwich ever to cross these big fat lips. Every one of the five of us was in awe of this sandwich. It’s a sandwich for God’s sake, so what…? It’s juicy, smoky, savoury, salty, sweet, picky, mustard, crunchy, Sourdoughy goodness all in one bite. It is exceptional. It is the planet’s best sandwich EVER!!! And, funnily enough, if you read the blog re the Marina Bay Sands event this dish is a derivative of one of the dishes that Chef Drew was serving on that day. And you can order it delivered to home = no brainer!!! This is ‘WAGYU PASTRAMI SANDWHICH’ – I am in love!

OK. Let’s take a break. A little breather. A laydown. Take a breath. Our senses are on overload. What a meal so far. I think we’re about half-way through haha. Lunch at Chef Drew’s Salted & Hung = the gift that keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. OK, break over, here we go again…

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Come on, how beautiful is this? It’s a stunner. Sadly another I could not consume, so #1 and Wifey devoured this. Lot’s of ooohhs and aaahhs about this one. Super-citrus was my take from the aromas wafting up. Not top of the shop by all accounts from Wifey feedback, but still, it was very tasty. This is ‘SURF & TURF CRAYFISH’ – lemonade & charcuterie broth
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Talking of charcuterie, look what arrives next. Yummo, glistening cured meats and back-fat. This is what you can get for your home delivery too… Well, check what is available 1st hey. This is ‘WAGYU BRESAOLA’ – 9+ Australian Wagyu Coppa, ‘SUKURA PORK COLLOR’, & ‘LARDO’ -cured back fat, truffle honey
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This one had high-fives going off between wifey and #1. Fish, skin and bones in one plate and all edible. A feast for the eyes indeed. Wifey said this was just incredible and as the. major seafood lover in household Kennett that means a lot. Well done Chef haha. The fish was super fresh and perfectly cooked. The bone powder and crispy skin were genius accompaniments for flavour and texture. This is one food gang-bang that really worked for Wifey. Food gang-bang, I like that! This is a piece of food art yet again, stunning plating of these incredible taste and texture bed-fellows. This is ‘THE WHOLE FISH’ – Pearl Grouper, bone crumb & charcoal
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Where did that truffle go? Holy shit there it is on my steak… One bad moment re the steak though. Yes, Amy asked for well done. Chef nearly fell over. Oh, dear! She surely can’t be mine? Look at this hunk of meaty goodness. Medium-rare perfection, cooked over charcoal to seared smoky crustiness and then. covered in half a tonne of fresh black truffle. If there is a heaven, this is it. Incredible meat. Just incredible meat. Buttery, beefy, truffle-y goodness on a plate – maybe with some beef fat/marrow gravy to boot. Damned fine steak!!! This was about the time that food coma started knocking on the door too… This is ‘KING ISLAND GRASS FED OP RIB’
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Coma… zzzzzz… sleep… need lay down… hold on a minute though as the steak comes with the infamous Salted & Hung mashed potato. Eh what? That’s a mashed potato? Looks like no mashed potato I have ever seen. If you want the best-mashed potato you’re likely to ever eat, just get stuck into this. It’s liquid gold. Yes, you do get black lips and tongue, almost like you have been. eating squid ink but boy is it worth it. Creamy, smoky goodness. WOW! This is ‘CHARCOAL MASH’
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Jude Jude was literally put on pause when I said to him have a look at the steak. iPad has gone from his thoughts. All he can think of is steak and black truffle haha.
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And in parallel, we continue on our food journey with Chef & Crew. It almost looks like a dessert right? That beautiful dusting is actually beetroot, and the twirl on top is pickled beetroot and the meat is skippy, AKA kangaroo. Kangaroo is amazing meat if. you have never tried it before. Super-tender and super-flavourful, with a little gaminess. So the acid of the beetroot is a perfect bed-fellow. A perfect match. What an absolutely stunning plate. Delicious!!! This is ‘HOMELAND’ – kangaroo, beetroot & cauliflower
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Oh my goodness. Just when we were. getting steaked out this beauty arrives. Just have a look at that. If that is not #foodporn I don’t know what is. A stunning piece of meat perfectly cooked pink2pink. Intensely flavourful and accompanied with a sauce to die for, so very unctuous because of the marrow. Wow, this was so very good. This is ‘MEAT, BONE & FIRE’ – Wagyu tritip, bone marrow & ash
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Nearing the end now with service over and prep starting for the next sittings. Out comes that labour of love. The Sourdough. Nine loaves being made here. Beautiful plump pillows of bready goodness about to go to proofing stage overnight I would imagine. Again the artisan at her work.
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But before we go and say goodbye to our friends we have 2 desserts to tackle. I wonder if this could be some artwork adorning the wall? A stunner of a plate and what a complex mix natch of flavours and textures again. Sour and sweet, soft and crunchy. Amaze-balls. This is ‘BRAMBLE PATCH’ – strawberry, mochi & meringue
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A cracker of a photo finally!!! I love this shot. Final plating of the day by Chef Drew for us. Dropping honeycomb into a dry-ice infused dessert. Watched on by his now resting Sous Chef. Its a beauty of a photo for a beauty of a dessert. Decadent in fact. Savoury, salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy and show-boat with the dry-ice. An absolute beauty. This is ‘GOLD’N GAYTIME’ – chocolate, malt & toffee Our best lunch EVER - Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday...

And that was that. The food was over. But one final surprise was to come. A beauty of a birthday cake that they have been experimenting with. It’s dense but so light. Hard to describe. actually. You’d think there was no way you could eat it after that sumptuous lunch, but it really was quite light.

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Chocolate heaven and what a beautiful presentation. I had just about enough puff left to blow the cancel haha.
Our best lunch EVER - Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday...
And because it took me so long to write this blog up, I also get this wonderful delivery last night. Party fridge has some exciting things for cooking with this weekend. Whoop whoop!!!
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Thanks to my ever-loving Wifey and family for making this such a lovely day for me. Of course, they benefit too haha. A. beautiful day organised by my beautiful wifey. Thank you, my love xxx

Our best lunch EVER – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday…

I think you’ll agree right. Was that a HOLY SHIT lunch experience or what…? You simply MUST come and see Chef Drew & Crew. It really was just an exceptional dining experience that we won’t be forgetting in a long, long time. What a birthday that was!!! It’s not cheap folks, but like everything, in life, you get what you pay for and today all we saw was fair payment for someone’s craft and skill.

Don’t forget to book, and if I were you make sure you book the Chef Table so you can enjoy the food theatre. Plus order all your on-line takeaways and deli stuff from the web site, it’s an Aladdin’s Cave of goodies on there, believe me…

Address; 12 Purvis Street, 188591

info@saltedandhung.com.sg

Contact; +65 6358 3130

Our best lunch EVER – Salted & Hung, & it was my Birthday… I can’t thank Chef Drew & Crew enough for such a wonderful meal to make my birthday lunch so special for me and my crew. Be proud of the incredible changes you have made and the stunning 4 choice options you have on offer now. The food truly was just incredible. I could open up a Thesaurus and write a load more other words of explanation but incredible sums it up so well. I was such a happy 52-year-old this day. Folks this place is special. You simply must try it and have Salted & Hung on a bucket list for lunch or dinner one day. Sit at Chef’s table and get the whole sensory experience. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Get there, and you will – ENJOY!!!

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