Regular pub-goers in Singapore would probably have visited Ice Cold Beer at least once and eaten their famous fried chicken wings (which in my opinion is the best in Singapore). So, you can imagine my delight when I recently discovered another place which serves chicken wings that have that similar “har jiong” (or prawn paste) taste like the ones in Ice Cold Beer. That place is none other than Bistro 1855, a wine and tapas bar at the newly revamped Suntec City.
Having been opened for less than a year, Bistro 1855 is a salad bar by day and a wine bistro by night. During the day, the 218-seat dining space offers a comprehensive salad buffet with more than 20 items to choose from. You can also select a main course to go with your buffet. However, it is when night falls that Bistro 1855 truly comes alive as it transforms into a wine bar that is perfect for that after-work drink. The bistro features a menu of a wide array of delectable tapas, entrees and sharing platters.
I was sold the moment I sank my teeth into the 1855 Chicken Wings (S$8). Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the chicken wings were reminiscent of the famous Ice Cold Beer chicken wings. They had that unmistakeable “har jiong” taste albeit not as strong as the Ice Cold Beer ones. Apparently, the chicken wings undergo a mandatory 24-hour marinate process before they are deep-fried. The chefs also created an in-house garlic-soy teriyaki sauce to go with the wings, adding a sweet savoury element to the already gratifying wings.
Chicken wings are not the only specialty at Bistro 1855 though. The restaurant bar’s take on the classic fries is different from the regular fare you get. Its Rustic Fries (S$8) is made using the best hand-cut 100% russet potatoes that remains its crispiness without sacrificing moisture. Pair the fries with the signature 1855 bravas sauce and you’ll get a delightful mix of flavours – sweet, tangy, spicy, smokey and savoury all at once.
Sio bak, or crispy pork belly, isn’t exactly your regular bar food, but that’s what you’ll find on the menu of Bistro 1855. The delectable pork belly (S$10) was slow-roasted, resulting in a golden brown crispy skin. The meat was tender and succulent, with the right amount of fats that was so meltingly good it felt almost sinful.
For those who are looking for something more substantial, you can order mains such as Duck Confit (S$20) or Lamb Shank (S$26). To sweeten the deal, I could use The Entertainer app to get buy-one-get-one-free deals for either a main menu item or two tapas.
For me, the chicken wings were hands down the winner for the night — they are enough to bring me back to Bistro 1855 for more of that “har jiong” goodness.
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3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-643 Suntec City Tower 4
Tel: +65 6836 5994
Opening hours: Sat to Thu, 11 am to 12 mn; Fri 11 am to 1 am