There has been a spring of cafes, bistros and restaurants at Kampong Bahru lately, but Old Boys Gallery is one to stand out from the crowd to serve customers both young and old.
Formerly an art gallery, Old Boys Gallery decided to stick to the term and decided to relish in its arty interior, injecting a sense of modernism onto the graffiti walls by pairing it with murals and canvas paintings.
Brewing beer is an art.It takes expertise, experience and a keen palate to craft exquisite and unique tasting beers for those discerning tastes. As the founders of Old Boys Gallery feel that beer is also a form of art, it features more than 50 craft beers, ales and stout shortlisted and picked from various countries. One of the highlights would be the trappist beers which are only brewed in monasteries.
For those who would like twist to your usual beers, Old Boys Gallery also sells stout aged in whiskey barrels – something stronger that differentiates the boys from the men (pun intended!)
Metropolitant was curious to check out the variety of craft beers and food. Here’s what we tried
Potato Head and Spam Chips ($7.90 and $9.00 respectively)
Potato Head is a serving of sweet potato fries served with a homemade curry mustard rendition. The serving was substantial and tasted great with the dip but the curry flavour was not very apparent. However, this did not matter much to us as we preferred the sweet potato fries on its own!
Spam Chips are thinly sliced luncheon meat pieces which are deep fried and served with a homemade wasabi mayo.
OBG Wings (3pcs $10.90 / 6pcs $18.00)
Full sized chicken wings marinated in chef’s legendary marmite sauce. The chicken wings were evenly coated and were crispy. The marmite taste was not that apparent compared to your regular “tze char” stall version of marmite chicken. It is good for sharing or as a light bite.
Manster Burger ($17.90)
Served with a wholesome stack consisting of cheese, bacon, egg and caramelised onions and served with fresh greens and fries. The beef patty was nicely seasoned and juicy. There was generous servings of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise which upped the sinfulness of entire meal! We probably would miss the fries as they were the thick cut types and we were more of a “shoestring” fries type of foodie.
Vongole Aglio Olio ($14.90)
We found both the Manster Burger and this lovely pasta dish to be one of the best mains on their menu. Vongole Aglio Olio would be usually on our to-order list whenever we dine due to our pasta-loving tastebuds. Usually the simplest dishes is an indication of how experienced the chef is. The pasta was cooked al-dente and very evenly seasoned with the venus clam seafood broth. The venus clams were very fresh and not overcooked.
Metropolitant would definitely be back for the Vongole Aglio Olio and try the roast pork version too! We forgot to add, there’s no GST and service charge at all.
Old Boys Gallery
67 Kampong Bahru Road,
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 11.00pm, Closed on Sundays.
Last kitchen orders at 9.45pm
Reviewed by Michelle Tan