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BRICKS Gastrobar: “Har Cheong” Fish & Chips + Alcoholic Chrysanthemum Tea At Neon Lights Bar Near Great World City

Last Updated: May 22, 2019

Written by Niger Tam

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Well-hidden with hipster vibes, BRICKS Gastrobar lies just opposite Great World City.

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This bar has everything you could possibly want, from retro tiles on the walls to colourful neon lights, serving up comfort food and playful cocktails.

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I couldn’t wait to dive right into the food, starting with their BRICKS Fish & Chips (S$18). It may look like another ordinary plate of fish and chips, but my first bite proved otherwise.

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The airy batter on the outside was deep-fried till golden-brown, with a distinct prawn flavour like har cheong gai batter. On the inside, the pearl white fish broke apart nicely in glistening juicy flakes.

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Unfortunately, the fish was bland even with the mouth-watering prawn paste batter on the outside. I would recommend dipping it into the sauce before taking a bite. The sauce, like the batter, tasted distinctly like prawn paste with a hint of spiciness.

Squeezing the lemon over the fish also helped to bring out the freshness of the fish while the acidity cut through the greasiness. I mostly enjoyed this dish, especially the Asian spin on conventional fish and chips.

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We also tried the Confit Of Duck (S$24) which came with a duck jus. The well-seasoned and crispy skin on the outside was highly addictive, however, the duck meat inside was stringy and dry.

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The jus has a strong gamey taste which enhances the duck but didn’t prevent the meat from drying out. I felt that the dish tasted very one-dimensional as the gaminess overpowered any other flavours in the dish.

I couldn’t even taste the mashed potatoes, and I would give this dish a miss if I return to BRICKS Gastrobar.

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The Grilled Texas Chicken (S$18) wasn’t the prettiest dish; it looked like a mashed up pizza served on a plate.

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While it might not look as appetising, the chicken has been marinated in a wide range of different herbs including black pepper and rosemary.

The rosemary bringing out the juiciness of the tender chicken. A layer of mushrooms and cheese blanketed the chicken, and they torch the cheese before serving it.

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I really enjoyed the grilled cheese on top which had a satisfying cheese pull as I cut into the chicken.

This dish tasted like comfort food, with all my favourite ingredients available in one plate. However, I felt that for S$18, the dish could be served with more finesse and better plating.

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Since we were at a bar, we had to try some of their signature cocktails, like Golden Opportunity (S$14). They used house-infused pisco (a type of brandy) with goji berries which gave a slight tartness to the drink.

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This was then mixed with a house-made chrysanthemum liquor and topped with an egg white foam. The drink tasted like an alcoholic chrysanthemum tea with strong floral notes and a smooth texture from the foam.

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I especially enjoyed this drink because of the airy texture and sweet floral notes which rounded off the meal nicely.


BRICKS Gastrobar may look aesthetically pleasing, but I feel that much more can be done to improve the quality of the food.

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I felt that the drinks at Bricks Gastrobar were professionally crafted and if I were to go back, it would be for the drinks.

Of course, if you’d like to update your Instagram with some neon-lit photos, head over to BRICKS Gastrobar for a drink or two.

Expected Damage: S$20 – S$50 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 3 / 5

BRICKS Gastrobar

55 Zion Road, Singapore 247780

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Our Rating 3/5

BRICKS Gastrobar

55 Zion Road, Singapore 247780

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 12midnight

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 12midnight

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