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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

The Ritual @ Bukit Timah Road


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Foodie Extraordinaire

the RITUAL Cafe

Sometimes work brings such good fortune. Today was one of those days. A friend here in Singapore, that I am hoping is also to become a customer/partner, invited me to his new launch of Asia Fintech Center, part of ZA Tech. A fascinating company that is leading the way with fintech, insurtech and digitalisation of insurance. It’s just brilliant. 

The man at the helm of that in Singapore is George Kesselman. As part of the launch, he invited a select few customers and partners to his wife’s, Cassandra, cafe cum bar for dinner. And what a dinner it was. So this review had to be written, despite the fact that in effect I was actually working – this was a quality Omakase style dinner.

I have been here once before, but that was just for a coffee catch-up. Tonight the doors were closed to the public and the Chef was given free rein. And that free reign was a WOW, as you will see. 

This is a must-visit place folks. The food is off-the-charts. Ignore the next door monstrosity that is McClown, and get your bum firmly sat in here for quality food and a lovely glass of vino to wash it down.

The Ritual @ Bukit Timah Road

Let’s hear from The Ritual themselves, with their strapline of cafe|bar|community (I like that);

“The Space; Integrating Mind, Body and Soul. While we live in a fast-paced and stressful environment, we want to create a safe space for anyone to practise healthy rituals that allow oneself to live a balanced life. A hideout created along Stevens Road and Bukit Timah –gather your tribe for good conversations, drinks, and time.

“The Food; Simple yet Wholesome. We design the menu to be simple, wholesome and most importantly inclusive. We do our best to create sauces, dips and all dishes from scratch. Using only Himalayan salt and no artificial flavouring, we hope to bring our guests’ favourites in a healthier version. There are freshly baked pastries and breads, salads, protein bowls, brunch items and desserts. We have both plant-based and gluten-free options. If you are a regular and would love to see something on our menu, drop us a note and let us know!”

How good is that?

So get a Grab and come see them at; 383 Bukit Timah Road – maybe book in advance on their Facebook page;

But, for now, let’s get into that Omakase menu that we dined like Kings and Queens on tonight… You are gonna love this.


The Ritual Menu
Check out the Ritual cafe menu… Just for us this evening. Way to go Chef!!!
The Ritual Fish
Simply called FISH. You know me, I really don’t like fish, BUT will always give it a go. I could have eaten another 2 or 3 of these. Kingfish carpaccio, black garlic, burnt allium, tomato water & scallion oil. It was sublime, heavenly in fact.
The Ritual George the Host
Our host with the most, George, using the space and working the Ritual cafe crowd…
The Ritual Shellfish
Up next was SHELL. Another tester for me as this is the scallop course. I’ll admit this was a little fishy for me, but I still ate it all. How could you not want to at least try this #foodporn. Stunning plating again. Japanese scallops, egg yolk emulsion, asparagus, egg tofu, Caviar.
The Ritual Duck
Then comes FOWL. Oh boy, this was insanely good. The duck with the chestnut puree was heavenly. Top-marks for this beauty. Local duck, chestnut puree, baby carrots, shimeji, 4 spice. This is a WOW dish!!!
The Ritual Interior
The Ritual cafe is a stunning space. Minimal for sure, but it stunning. I just wish this was closer to Siglap...
The Ritual Wagyu Steak
And then comes this… CATTLE. Wagyu rump, mushroom stew, fried kale, black garlic. The steak was melt-in-your-mouth. It literally melted without chewing. Flavour punches all over your mouth and then textures hitting you too. A winner. A stunning dish that I could have kept on eating and eating…

The review won’t do the food justice. The Chef & crew smashed it out of the park this evening. Exquisite food. Such variety. It was so very good. George & Cassandra be super-proud of what you have here. The Ritual @ Bukit Timah Road was a shining light tonight. I loved everything, including the wonderful company, all the staff and of course the food. I cannot thank you enough. A die die must-try folks



the Ritual cafe - Singapore

Address: 383 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-09B, Singapore 259727

Phone: +65 6208 7496

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