I’m usually the sort of person who delights in richness and quantity when it comes to food. For example, I love having meals with lots of thick, tasty sauce or big chunks of succulent meats.
Fynn’s was pretty much the opposite of this, and it surprised me to realise that I actually very much enjoyed its clean flavours, plating and delicate touch.
The eight dishes I had the pleasure of seeing and sampling were all beautifully plated and portioned just right, with a pleasant medley of delicious tastes.
First time I visited was during a weekday for lunch, and our group of 4 shared a lunch set (appetizer, main and dessert) and 3 mains (so that we could try more items). The appetizer was a light and pretty basic pumpkin butternut squash soup, accompanied by warm, fluffy bread that was surprisingly good.
Mains wise, the Charred Lamb Loin (S$25++) and the Capellini with Prawn (S$22++) stood out for me.
The former had a very balanced plate with a refreshing cucumber salad and spices/condiments – harissa, lemon, that complemented the richness of the slightly pink grilled lamb (the best way to do it, in my opinion) and the latter had a superbly tasty prawn broth that permeated the pasta.
The Seared Salmon Quinoa (from the lunch set, S$30++) was a healthy tasting, hearty dish and the Cavatelli (S$25++) a delight with delicious red wine braised octopus and pork sausage giving the tomato sauce pasta an extra oomph.
The lemon tart which came with the set was just okay, so I’m not really going to say much about it.
Brunch over the weekends saw an entirely different stable of items on offer. I chose the Truffle-Infused Omelet (S$25++), though I must say it was seriously difficult to make a choice given the variety of exciting sounding dishes.
The omelette was fluffy and the truffle taste within was pleasant and I definitely enjoyed the juicy tomatoes on vine, but I felt that the truffle taste could’ve been more evenly distributed. And maybe… just a bit more of a milky/buttery flavour would’ve been nice.
My companions’ meals were all absolutely gorgeous. I think they were part of a special collaboration menu with Issey Miyake parfums, inspired by their new fragrance ‘L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum’, so these dishes involved some sort of floral, honey or fruit.
One of them had the Breakfast Platter which was a very carefully laid out board of bread, smoked salmon, a nice runny egg, grilled halloumi (mmm) granola and a shot of green juice.
Another had an eggs and guacamole quesadilla type dish (which I failed to capture a picture of), and the other, a beautiful stack of sweet and savoury pancakes adorned with flowers (I ate this up greedily with my eyes).
I’m not sure if this is going to be my new favourite cafe or anything – I am still rather ‘basic’ after all (give me a not-so-beautiful but super filling and yummy big breakfast anytime), but the feeling that Fynn’s gives me makes me feel like it’s a place I could go back to.
Stunning, yet not in a way that makes it feel too stuffy, unapproachable or pretentious, and seems to exude balance and harmony in its ambiance, ingredients, portions – pretty much everything.
26 Beach Road, #B1-21
South Beach Avenue
Nearest MRT: Esplanade
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Open from 9.00am to 10.00pm from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 11.00am to 10.00pm on Saturdays and from 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sundays. Closed on Mondays.