One of the city’s hippest Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan’s has launched new dinner items after celebrating its 2nd Birthday.
Located in the back alleyways of Gemmil Lane, a Mediterranean breeze wafts onto Amoy Street courtesy of this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Maggie Joan’s.
Named after the two grandmother’s of co-owner Daniel Ballis, the restaurant turns out big-hearted modern-Medi plates that blends old-world tastes with a fresh, experimental approach to cuisine.
While celebrating its second year, Maggie Joan’s has made some transformation to its private dining room and also introduced a handful of new and refreshed dishes on its menu.
The handcrafted communal wood table, glamorous crystal chandeliers and white tiled walls, along with framed photos on the side, hanging potted plants and the centrepiece with fresh blooms offer a lovely backdrop to the piquant Mediterranean cuisine.
New starters like Chicken Liver with rhubarb, cocoa & peanut and Roasted Barramundi with artichoke are well executed, but more inventive dishes like the savoury Choux bun filled with crab meat and harrisa, Squid ink tortilla with Taramasalata, and the combination of Green zebra tomatoes, ricotta, black olive puree, sea grapes and sea lettuce are more interesting.
Other pleasing starters include an Australian Beef tartare with kimchi and smoked beef fat, and Italian Burrata with roasted plums, shio kombu and fresh basil.
As with the main courses, if you need help deciding what to order, the Poached chicken with fermented cabbage and foie gras sauce will be a fabulous choice.
The dish features a chicken poached in duck fat for a surprisingly tender juicy bite leavened by the refreshing tartness of the fermented cabbage. Small bites of chicken skin, cooked to a crackling-crunchy finish are sprinkled over to provide further textural contrasts and rich bursts of flavour.
The roasted Australian barramundi with braised artichokes in charred red pepper sauce and seaweed tartare makes a nice option for a lighter palate, while those who likes a nice little ‘eggporn’ can order the handmade Pasta filled with ricotta, mashed potato and egg yolk, served with baby spinach, pickled girrole mushrooms and roasted hazelnuts in a brown butter sauce.
Dark, sweet, luscious and smooth, there’s nothing that spells dessert satisfaction, like Paris-Brest. The French dessert made from a ring of choux pastry is usually filled with praline mousseline cream, but chef substituted the cream with house-made praline ice cream, and decorated it with caramelised hazelnuts, thyme, poached pear and chocolate cremeux made from 65% dark chocolate.
Not your typical parfait dessert, the one at Maggie Joan’s is made with a goat’s cheese base, served with raspberry, house-made honeycomb, caramelised oats, sorrel syrup and red vein sorrel.
Food across the board here is pretty solid and I liked the atmosphere of this hidden cozy spot. If you want to bring your friends and show them something they haven’t seen before — Maggie Joan’s definitely tops the list and they would be suitably impressed with this ‘underground’ restaurant.
MAGGIE JOAN’S DINING & BAR
Location: 110 Amoy Street #01-01 (Entrance from Gemmill Lane) Singapore 068579
Tel: +65 6221-5564
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat 6 pm to 11 pm