Some distance away from Everton Park, Old Boys Gallery is located conveniently at Kampong Bahru. This simple and casual cafe/restaurant is a space where “food meets art”, and acts as “the canvas where memories are painted”. Its walls, other than one which is decorated neatly with empty beer bottles, are lined with art pieces by local artists which can be bought if you’re interested.
Also, what’s so special about their space is that you can lock your love at their in-house ‘love-lock’ bridge hidden within the frill-free cafe.
Singaporeans got so accustomed to the high digits in cafes that we think nothing of it, so it was a pleasant surprise when we came across the very reasonable prices at Old Boys Gallery, not to mention the wonderful food that they served. Oh, and the huge variety of beers and ciders.
Old Boys Gallery are indeed serious about their food. The extensive menu offers everything from appetizers, pastas, main course to small bits to suit your mood, or appetite, for the day, or night. Along with it, comes an impressive list of beers and ciders to go with your meal. We start off the menu with a classic recipe of Vongole Aglio Olio – fresh clams and pasta sauteed with olive oil. The key to a great aglio olio is simple – flavors. Sometimes the simplest food is the hardest to make, but Old Boys Gallery nailed it. Al dente spaghetti paired with browned garlic, and a charming hint of sweetness from the white wine brought out the briny tang of fresh clams.
There is something about pasta. Each of them has their own personality and it takes skills to perfect them. Old Boys Gallery’s Roast Pork Carbonara present itself where creamy, but not clumpy, linguine is accompanied by firm and thick roasted pork, and then topped with a poached egg. When the poached egg broke, it mellowed the sauce and added silky texture and balance.
Elegant pasta not your thing? Don’t worry, they do offer the manly Manster Burger. The name suggest it all – juicy beef patty with caramelised onions, crispy bacon, slices of tomatoes, barbecue sauce and mayo with an egg on top, all of those in between soft lightly toasted buns. Not to forget the thick cut homemade fries that are definitely one-of-a-kind.
If you’re visiting Old Boys Gallery in a big group (which is nonetheless the ideal place), it’s the perfect excuse to order a mix-and-match triplet platter for sharing! This particular platter features the light and airy OBG Crab Cake that’s topped with homemade tartar sauce and fresh sprouts, Crispy Porky that’s basically sio bak drizzled with special kecap manis (indonesian sweet soy sauce) and remains as the one that has us screaming internally at its deliciousness, and lastly, Fish In A Basket that are crispy on the exterior, while the fish flesh stays tender and moist.
There’s only one correct way to eat wings – with your hands. The homemade marmite sauce of Old Boys Gallery’s signature Flying Wings makes it another excuse to lick your fingers. That’s a first in Singapore – using marmite as a sauce. We recommend chasing the delectable wings down with an ice-cold beer or cider.
Spam chips are trending, but Old Boys Gallery put a twist in it by serving thin, crispy slices of luncheon with a side of homemade wasabi mayo dip. The surprisingly refreshing wasabi mayo dressing offsets the saltiness of the luncheon meat and makes it highly addictive. As for a drink pairing suggestion? Beer will work.
Wrap up the meal with their bakes such as the amazingly melt-in-your-mouth Devil’s Double Choc paired with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Living in a tropical country, it’s natural we’re nuts for coconut. You’d catch a whiff of gula melaka (brown sugar) even before delivering it down your throat.
Last but not least, there are other beverages than beers and ciders. Their delightful mix of French Rose and Snow Chrysanthemum Tea uses real flower buds to quench your thirst.
What’s so important about food? It’s not merely how good it taste, or how good the quality of the ingredients are; it’s the amount of heart you feel when you taste it. The boys at Old Boys Gallery are sincere in putting a smile on faces and filling stomachs. On the whole, it is a place that’ll never fail to impress you and your bunch of friends.
Old Boys Gallery
67 Kampong Bahru Road
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