4A Yorktown Square
Not all Sichuan food is hot but even in the mildest of offerings those amazing flavours shine through. It’s not just Sichuan peppercorns (red and green) that give this cuisine its va va voom, but a unique blend of chilli bean paste (doubanjiang) and other chilli-based products that combine to knock the rest of the world’s popular flavours out of the park. After our trip to China we spent years trying to find authentic Sichuan food elsewhere, but failed, even in Singapore. That’s until we found Feast, a teffiic little place tucked away in Yorktown Square.
On an earlier occasion we’d ordered takeaway (falling for the very trap I alluded to regarding serving size – we ate leftovers (gladly) for three days afterwards). The Sichuan fish fillet with pickled mustard greens is a soup-like dish with chunks of fish and lots else besides. We also tried the braised minced pork and a spicy chicken dish, and custard dumplings for dessert. All delicious, all quite like nothing you’ll find in a conventional Chinese restaurant. I can’t wait to try the lamb ribs.
Edit: The evening before writing this we got the same grilled fish as a takeaway. It comes in an aluminium tray that you can whack in the oven for 10 minutes when you get home. It held up really well.
It’s kind of funny to see that they have dishes like honey chicken and sweet and sour on the menu too, presumably because generations of Aussie fanciers of Chinese tucker demand it. Don’t waste this opportunity. Ask your server for good examples of Sichuan food and have the discussion about heat. There will be plenty to choose from even if you’re not into the spicy stuff.
The wine list is good though it’s easy to rack up a big bill here. Lots of the dishes are made to order, which means you’re up for a half hour wait (in the case of our fish). To us that’s a bottle of wine’s worth. It would have been rude not to order another bottle to have with dinner.
Regrettably Feast’s website is a mere Facebook page with the odd photo of random pages from various iterations of their menu. You’ll get an idea but the only real way to know what’s on offer is to make a booking and see for yourself.
Finally, check how many people each dish will serve – it’s easy to over-order here. You might think that an individual listing on the menu seems pricey, but chances are it’ll be enough for two.