DON HO Social Kitchen & Bar

Photography by Jerald & Becca. Editing by Becca.  In collaboration with Don Ho.

Lo and behold, here's a post of our first official food tasting session! Jerald and I have never quite been the sort to indulge in luxurious food (Christmas and birthdays are exceptions!). Personally, it's ban mian over eggs benedict any day. And well, chicken rice for him. To be cordially invited for a 6 course meal with Don Ho was nothing short of a gastronomic adventure for us. We weren't sure what to expect — but having been there and done that now? Boy, we'd head back over and over again. Fo sure! 

As a sucker for visuals, I gotta say the interior aesthetic is ace. With an abundance of monstera leaves gracing that iconic pink and lush green backdrop, who could deny this looker? What sets the mood of the place is the orange-pinkish hue in lighting, making it tasteful and romantic irl but hard to edit in post-production. I typically enjoy a light-filled space, but oddly prefer Don Ho better the way it's lit now. Also the open-concept kitchen makes it undeniably attractive. Oh, and did I mention that wall of mirror? It might be lowkey creepy for some but I approve.

That aside, I'm sure none of you are here for a ramble on aesthetics so let's get to the real deal. The feast. Disclaimer: I'm not the most well-versed in food but regardless, Bon appétit!

I enjoyed the Yuzu cocktail (highly recommended!) with edible flowers as toppings, but something I found incredibly interesting was that the food menu is divided into Land, Sea and Earth, which represent meat, seafood and vegetables respectively! Pretty cool, isn't it? I thoroughly enjoyed every single dish but here are 3 of my favourite –

Split Grilled Tiger Prawn ($14)

Can I give these tiger prawns a 10/10? Mixed with herbs, chili and tomato salsa, this dish puts a spin on my favourite Mexicano ingredient tomatillo salsa, infusing it with prawns. I imagining it on tacos right now, but since it was dope, I’d leave it as is.

Roasted Iberico Pork Jowl ($16)

Meet the champion dish (IMO). Initially having zero idea what pork jowl was, I loved it. Also I'm all for anything with eggs. Poached eggs. Scrambled eggs. Fried eggs. This dish was served with slow cooked egg, radish and burnt onion seasoned in miso. Miso is never not enchanting to me. And the tenderness of the jowl sits perfectly in the mix. After finding out jowl was cheek, I'm not quite sure what to feel, because I'm not huge on meat. Moving on...

Baklava ($10)

Yay, dessert! I’ve loved Baklava since I first tried it in Melbourne from A1 Cafe, a few streets down my cozy stay. To be able to relive that moment right there in Don Ho was more than cool. What made it even better than the ones that first won my heart was the pistachio ice-cream and pink pashmak it was served with. Think persian fairy floss that makes the whole dish look a little like trolls from the movie. Cute and yummy, very yummy. 

And I guess this sums up my debut in the food tasting world! It was such an amazing time and the team at Don Ho was the friendliest and kindest. Thank you so much, Don Ho for having us!

PS/ If you're wondering where this hidden gem is, it's located a short walk from Outram MRT –

Don Ho Social Kitchen & Bar
Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Contact: +65 6223 5001
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm to 12am

Disclaimer: Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST.