PERSEA (pronounced per-say-ah) is a Keto-friendly restaurant that’s mindful of its keto-compliant cuisine, yet delivers an insane amount of deliciousness into its dishes.
Located on 23 Ann Siang Road, the restaurant has no signage outside and it’s rather discreet that you could walk right past it without realising (I had to walk along the street to find the unit number), but that’s the fun part about discovering this restaurant and more of it can be found in the dishes.
Starting off the meal with crunchy bites of Chincharrones ($10) or pork rinds. I’ve eaten deep-fried pig skin before, but freshly fried ones like these with sweet and sour salt dip – it was a first for me and addictively snackable! Love these cracklings, chicharrones or whatever you call them! If you’re not a fan of pork rinds, you can opt for the chicken skin but in a salt and sarawak black pepper rendition.
Recommend to get the ‘Bapak’ Ganoush ($12) to accompany those puffed pork skin as a dip. The dish is similar to hummus, but made of roasted eggplant instead of chickpeas. They added house made chilli oil to the smooth and smoky ganoush which I think they nailed it (well as least to me, because I couldn’t stop scooping up more). Wish there was a bread basket to serve, but another round of Chincharrones will fit the bill.
Moving on to the Fat Bombs (what a cute name) which gives you all the delicious fats in a healthier way. The Burratta ‘Lemak’ ($28) is a spin off of Nasi Lemak, and you won’t find the rich and creamy carb in this dish. PERSEA switches the Nasi (rice) with a rich and creamy burrata, accompanied with Nasi Lemak pairings like fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and a house made raspberry sambal. The overall combination was good, though I find the sambal was a little on the sweet side and lacking the heat.
More happy fats and protein for me in the Meat section is the Lechon Kawali ($40), or crispy deep-fried pork. It is a tasty Filippino dish with great savoury flavours, crispy deliciousness and tender juiciness. The version here comes with torch ginger salsa, burnt lemon and romaine leaves to serve as a pocket to wrap the pork belly like a Korean Ssam – best way to enjoy this dish is eating with your hands.
Crackly and crunchy skin – check! Tender and juicy meat – check! Tasty and flavourful meat – check! Yes, this Lechon Kawaii is all that!
More than just meat and protein, PERSEA also offers seafood options like Barramundi Otah-Mushi, Cuttlefish Balado, Japanese Oysters Orh Luak and Green Curry Scallops ($32). I had a trio of perfectly seared Hokkaido scallops that were succulent enough and served on a velvety smooth bed of home made green curry sauce and kaffir lime.
Everyone knows green veggies are a must in any diet, even if you’re not on a Keto diet, you should eat your greens. At PERSEA, you can choose your greens from grilled bok choy to stir fry mushrooms and deep fry like zuchini fritters or have a moorish side salad of Charred Broccolini ($18) with piquilo peppers and garlic oil.
For desserts, treat yourself to sweet cheats like Valrhona Chocolate Oolong Tarte and Red Ruby with Coconut Ice Cream or try something a little more adventurous, the Curry Cheese Cake ($16) with Chantilly Cream and Lime Zest is smooth and creamy, with a robust Indian warm spices flavour that’s unique and unforgettable.
PERSEA is custom calibrated for the ketogenic diet with plenty of protein and low carbs option on the menu. In terms of taste and overall experience, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy flavour-forward dishes that are strong and bold.
Whether you’re on a keto diet or just a regular foodie like me, you’ll find love in the dishes at PERSEA that can be very hard to resist. At least I know I did, and planning for a return visit to try other creations.
Good to note that the menu here will be switched up every few months – currently PERSEA is taking on an Asian journey after it’s Mediterranean debut.
Address: 23 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069703
Opening Hours: Tue to Sat 12pm to 2:30pm & 5:30pm to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 4pm
Phone: +65 8138 3217