Taste exotic creations like kangaroo tartare, veal brisket, rabbit & more at this semi-fine dining gastrobar in Purvis Street

by Marcus Leong

If you’re looking for a fancy spot for date night or to chill with drinks, and are in the mood for something adventurous, you might wanna check out this new semi-fine dining concept, TEMPT Gastrobar. Located along Purvis Street, this fancy restaurant serves some delicious and exotic dishes that will certainly be a TEMPTing treat for your tastebuds.

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TEMPT is helmed by Candice Leong, a former private chef with a wealth of experience under her belt and is probably one of the best hostesses (in my opinion) — you’re certainly guaranteed a good time here. 

Step inside and you’ll notice that the walls were kept bare to preserve the rawness and history of the 1893 heritage building.

As for the menu, everything has been carefully curated by Candice herself, and is inspired by her personal experiences, so you can expect to see some pretty exotic ingredients used — some of which even caught me by surprise, making me feel really intrigued about how they might taste. 

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The Kangaroo Tartare is truly one for those who are feeling a little adventurous. I have to admit that this was my first time trying kangaroo meat so I did not know what to expect. To my surprise, it was really tasty. 

The hand-chopped kangaroo loin is tossed in fresh green peppercorn oil, fireman poupon, and shoyu to give it a very pronounced flavour. It comes served atop a nicely toasted quinoa cracker for an added crunch, and is then finished with a fermented garlic puree, pickled yellow beets, and tarragon oil — truly a medley of flavours and textures. 

Photo: TEMPT

Another dish that really caught my attention was the Puffed Beef Tendon. You might be thinking ‘what’s so special about beef?’ But hear me out. The dish starred a thin slice of braised beef tendon that was dehydrated for two days, before deep-fried to a keropok-like texture. It was then topped with jamon iberico and kaluga caviar for an added smokiness. 

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This next dish might be a little controversial for some, especially if you’re a fan of furry and cute…rabbits. The Agnolotti del Plin features a traditional Piemontese stuffed pasta with veal brisket, chicken, and rabbit — yes, rabbit. The meat stuffing was very flavourful and very tender. If you’re worried that you might be able to taste the rabbit meat, don’t worry as the taste is masked by the chicken and veal.

The pasta comes drizzled in chicken sus with some candied radish on the side. The sus was rich and slightly on the tangy side. The candied radish really helped to cut through the richness of this dish. Definitely one to try when you’re here. Although, maybe pass on this dish if you have a pet rabbit at home. 

Photo: TEMPT

Other dishes worth checking out here include the Oxtail Croquette, 15-min Egg, Venison, Pork Belly, and the 5-ingredient Lobster Broth

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You can also pair your meal with the house-made cocktails or with the house pours — which TEMPT has a very wide selection of. Fun fact: their cocktails are made with spirits from Orientalist Spirits, and the Fermented Kumquat Margarita which contains kumquats that are fermented in-house — perfect for those who want something refreshing with a slight tangy-sweet finish. 

Photo: TEMPT

Overall, TEMPT is the place to head down to if you’re looking for a nice and cool place to chill over drinks. From the captivating ambience, to unique cocktail concoctions and the exotic dishes, you’re definitely in for a fabulous time here! 

Reservations can be made here

Looking for a cosy place to have a nice quiet date night? 

???? 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608
???? 5.30pm—12am (Tue to Sat), Closed on Sun & Mon

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