The Naked Finn is a two-month-long menu preview put up by the team behind the former Klee Bar before it's set to open on Sentosa 2012. I don't know what took me so long to pay them a visit, but I'm glad that I made it just in time as they move into the very last week of this collaboration.
When visiting A Curious Teepee, it's always good to start off with some coffee. Serving Papa Palheta's very own roasts, prepared by baristas coached by them, you can be sure you are in safe hands. And indeed, my Piccolo Latte ($4.8) was very velvety and rich, a perfect drink to warm up the body a little after days of raining.
We had Tatami Iwashi ($10), a highly addictive snack made from dried shirasu (white fish), came in crispy bite-sized sheets. It makes great beer-buddy if you are here for a drink.
Strongly recommended by our helpful waitress was Salmon Rocket ($12). Succulent salmon belly slices were lightly blow-torched, unleashing all the omega-3 goodness. In the end we had to resist the temptation of ordering another one because we had a show to catch.
My companion very much enjoyed her Chuka Hiyashi Ramen ($9), chilled ramen accompanied by a colourful assortment of toppings. But what made it shine was the appetizing tare dressing.
As for my Aigamo Ramen ($12), while the thinly sliced smoked duck breast was extremely tender, the noodle threads were delicate with a smooth and somewhat 'fluffy' texture, akin to that of udon. But really, what made the bowl of ramen stood out was its clean-tasting stock, which left a lingering taste that was soothing to the palate.
Judging by what this preview has to offer, there is sure much to look forward to when the full menu is unveiled at the new premises on Sentosa next year.
And if you are planning a visit, today would well be your last chance. So come down to Scape this evening before it's too late.
The Naked Finn Pop Up @ A Curious Teepee
*SCAPE #02-24, 2 Orchard Link
Availble until October 30
Update: Oh no, A Curious Teepee has closed their physical space at *Scape on the last day of 2011. Meanwhile, you can still visit their website just a click away.