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Fern & Kiwi serves up new authentic New Zealand dishes

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Fresh, diverse and delicious, kiwis love their food – quintessential dishes include everything from roast lamb to green-lipped mussels and pavlova. Though not as well known as its Australian cousin, New Zealander cuisine is famed for being fresh with pure all natural ingredients providing sublime experience to the palate. If you want to try true authentic kiwi food, Fern & Kiwi at Clarke Quay will be the place to go to.

Strategically located just off the main road at Clarke Quay, Fern & Kiwi is the international offshoot of New Zealand’s largest  restaurant  chain Lone Star and they have recently revamped its menu to bring new life into their quintessential Kiwi dishes.

Fern & Kiwi at Clarke Quay

Fern & Kiwi at Clarke Quay

Start your meal with a good selection of starters. The Manuka Smoked Snapper Salad ($22) has a lovely manuka honey smoked fresh flaked snapped mixed with tossed spinach, arugula in lemony dressing. For vegetarians, there’re a few vegetarian dishes such as the Grilled Kumara Salad ($22) is a New Zealand sweet potato grilled and tossed in lettuce, radish and feta cheese with pinenuts or the juicy Char Grilled Portobello ($32) on roasted sweet pepper risotto, to choose from.

Grilled Kumara Salad

Grilled Kumara Salad

The must try mains are the expanded range of famed NZ meats where the animals roam free in New Zealand and feed naturally on grass, resulting in leaner more flavourful meats.  The  Stockyard Angus Porterhouse Steak ($135) is a carnivore’s treat, a hefty 800gm of tender juicy beef to savour and share. There’re also other cuts like Pure South New Zealand Beef Fillet ($47), Ribeye ($45), Sirloin ($45) or braised Beef Cheek ($42) to choose from. The meat is enjoyable on its own or you can have it with one of the five sauces like the popular Roasted wild Mushroom, Port Wine, Hollandaise, Trio Pepper sauce and Bearnaise.

Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

No meal is complete without trying one of their lamb dishes in a New Zealand restaurant. Go for the Canterbury Plains Rack of Lamb ($52) coated with trio of peppercorns and grilled garlic or the 12 hour Braised Lamb Shank ($46) slow cooked in rich lamb stock. Another worth trying dish is the house specialty Grilled Royal Pork Chop ($48). It’s a nice and generous succulent pork treat top with caramelized apple in garlic jus.

Grilled Royal Pork Chop

Grilled Royal Pork Chop

Being sea locked, New Zealand also offers good fresh seafood as evidenced in these dishes. The sweet Pan Seared Scallops ($28) is deliciously paired with poached egg with hollandaise sauce and mushroom soil grind from fresh mushrooms ala a Scallops Egg Benedict. The Southern Ocean Chowder ($22) is a welcomed change from the usual fishy seafood chowder. The taste is well balanced with a delightfully light creamy fish broth packed with mussels, salmon, scallops. The dish is paired with sides like chunky potatoes and watercress. The air-flown New Zealand King Salmon Fillet ($42) is gently cooked to retain its tender juicy omega-3 packed flavours, complimented with mussel and  sumac risotto with a light tasty dill creme fraiche and vine tomato confit.

New Zealand King Salmon Fillet

New Zealand King Salmon Fillet

If you think you have a big appetite, you can also add on some New Zealand inspired fresh sides like the unusual Cauliflower Gratin ($11.50) enhanced by a light cheesy broth, the traditional sweet potato Kumara mash ($11.50) and Haricot beans with feta with almond flakes ($11.50).

Cauliflower gratin

Cauliflower gratin

End the meal with one of their interesting New Zealand-inspired desserts such as the best selling Hot Chocolate Pudding ($14), a chocolate heaven of soft fudge molten chocolate  accompanied with cinnamon crumble, fresh summer berries and Kapiti vanilla ice-cream.  Coffee lovers will enjoy the Warm Coffee Floating Island ($14), a robust Espresso Float of house crumble and Coffee Kahlua Sponge crouton and vanilla ice-cream. Other New Zealand classics are the Kiwi Eton Pavlovas ($14) and the sweet sour Lemon 7 Yuzu ($15).

Lemon 7 Yuzu

Lemon 7 Yuzu

Fern & Kiwi also houses some interesting New Zealand Revolution wines on tap and has close to 70 labels including notable NZ labels Chateau Margaux, Cloudy Bay and the exclusive Te Mata. If you prefer a light and fresh fruity flavour, we recommend the Revolution Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 150ml ($14/$16) or 500ml ($42/$50).

Fern & Kiwi
3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
Tel: 6636 2271
Opening Hours: 5pm till late (Mon -Sun)

Author: Rebecca Tan
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