Published on Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
By day, Alter Ego is as tame as they come, but when dusk falls and darkness engulfs the land, Alter Ego becomes something more sinister; baring its teeth and claws, unloading beers and grease to cater to your gluttonous inner demon longing to devour the ungodly grub you have long been deprived of.
Situated by the corner of the Esplanade Mall, overlooking the mouth of the Singapore River, Alter Ego, with its floor to ceiling glass windows is a bright and cheery place to chill out at with a beer in hand as you watch the world pass you by.
Alter Ego markets itself as the evil twin of A Poke Theory. Alter Ego serves clean and healthy poke bowls for health fanatics just like A Poke Theory, but its menu also features sinful, greasy, indulgent and fattening comfort foods.
Umami Omega, $17
Chunks of salmon tossed in spicy garlic sesame sauce was served with sushi rice, lime avocado, kale chips, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pineapple and tobiko (flying fish roe). The salmon cubes were scarce throughout the dish, and fell flat on taste, with the various fruits and vegetables overpowering the mild tasting fish. Though the salmon had a luscious creamy and buttery texture, there wasn’t enough of it to add much impact to the dish. The kale chips were thin and crispy, the mushrooms springy, the cherry tomatoes and pineapples sweet and juicy, and the tobiko crunchy and a juicy pop of the sea. This poke bowl had an extremely clean and crisp taste with little spice.
Dynamite Kickin’, $16
The Dynamite Kickin’ consisted of cubed tuna sashimi coated in spicy mayonnaise, crispy salmon skin, kimchi, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pineapple and tobiko on top of sushi rice. Though this poke bowl is almost similar to the Umami Omega, it had stronger, richer and more robust flavors. Chunks of tuna were abundantly scattered throughout the bowl, velvety and soft. Creamy, spicy, sweet and zesty, this poke bowl worked better for us with its intense flavor and textural dimensions.
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, $20
We didn’t think too much of this burger until we chomped down into its sweet and succulent patty, bursting with savory juices. The deep fried southern spiced chicken thigh is crispy on the outside and as tender as butter on the inside. Juices dripped down our chins as we eagerly devoured it. Eating a burger as juicy as this will never be a glamorous affair, but we don’t care if we look like ravenous barbarians eating it especially when it is this good. The brioche buns were soft, pillowy and buttery and the ranch sauce added a tangy creaminess to the burger.
Juicy Lucy, $22
We love nothing more than a beef burger packed with a molten cheesy core but the Juicy Lucy was a huge disappointment. It did not live up to its namesake as the beef patty was dry and overcooked and it was stuffed with such a meager amount of cheese that it was almost non-existent. The mexican corn and sauteed thyme mushrooms served on the side were way more juicier than the burger itself.
Pizza Fries, $14
Alter Ego managed to get the pizza taste down pat in its delicious pizza fries from its crisp yet fluffy golden-brown fries, the gooey three-cheese sauce and savoury bacon ketchup with an umami dusting.
Cornflake French Toast, $17
Chocolatey and crunchy, this cornflake-encrusted french toast was dusted in cinnamon and smeared with glops of warm white and dark salted chocolate ganache. Pure, hearty comfort food at its best. Unforgivingly rich, decadent and sinful, the thick molten chocolate from within perfectly complemented the crackling crunch of the deep fried cornflakes. The sweet and woody aroma of the cinnamon further intensified the feeling of home and warmth, while the macerated berries and butterscotch bananas added a sugary sweet kick to the dish with a fruity freshness that tones down the richness of the creamy molten chocolate.
Address: Esplanade Mall, #01-13D, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 2am