Little India could also be higher often called the home of a plethora of Indian flatbreads, whether or not you’re searching for naan, chapati or prata.
So I’m stunned to seek out scrumptious sourdough bread made in a wood-fired oven in a restaurant hidden among the many neat alleyways of Rowell Road.
Perhaps the title of the cafe, Sideways, comes from the way you have to drag the steel door sideways to enter the slender house, previously occupied by Broadcast HQ, which comprised a restaurant, bar, report retailer and dance flooring.
Or possibly it is the left subject concept of baking Western-style bread in Little India.
Either means, the country sourdough bread, which has a good looking rise and crust ($four+ for 4 slices), is the spotlight of the Mediterranean-themed and small plates menu at Sideways, which is run by the identical individuals behind Sarnies, a restaurant in Telok Ayer, and The Hangar in Arab Street.
While these are primarily coffee-centric cafes, the main focus of the 30-seat bistro, which opened earlier this month, is the meals.
109 Rowell Road; Mondays to Saturdays, 6 to 11pm (dinner and drinks), Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 10pm (brunch and dinner); tel 6291-3441; go to www.sideways.com.sg, www.fb.com/wearesideways or www.instagram.com/sidewayssg
The house owners use quite a lot of rosewood for the hearth, which imparts a definite perfume and smoky flavour to the bread and dishes, lots of which cross by way of the oven.
This contains the beneficiant hunk of bone marrow ($12+), which comes sprinkled with garlicky breadcrumbs.
You can style the char from the hearth within the creamy marrow, which pairs completely with slices of sourdough that it comes with.
It is all a bit salty, however washes down completely with an Aperol spritz ($14+) off the small cocktail menu.
There can also be a number of predominant dishes which can be fired up on the spot, however you possibly can refill on simply the dips.
The standouts are the mint and feta dip ($9+), which is contemporary and lightweight, and virtually pesto-like with the pine nuts which can be blitzed in as properly. The smoked eggplant and peppers dip ($7+), however, has an virtually chutney-like spice to it, maybe a nod to the Little India neighbourhood.
The black bean hummus ($eight), nonetheless, is a bit too watery for my liking, although the capers studded within the combination add a beautiful, salty hit.
With the quirky soundtrack (when I’m there, an Argentine ska band known as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs is taking part in on the stereo), the environmentally pleasant steel straws, graffitied partitions and the house owners checking out payments and workers schedules on the subsequent desk, it virtually looks like I am in Melbourne.
I might’ve most well-liked to not hear concerning the interior workings of their business over my dinner, however that stated, I might return only for the bread.