The Refinery is located along King George’s Avenue, and it is not exactly the easiest place to find if you don’t drive. But hey, it’s a mere 7 minutes walk from Lavendar MRT. You just need to figure out exactly how! (Directions at the end of the post, you’re welcome!)
Decided to go for a hearty lunch at The Refinery as I read that they serve pretty decent rice bowls, and I was hungry enough to gobble down a few that fateful day.
Having said that, I’m sure you would have imagined what a feast we had. You are right, we really did!
Pulled pork, pickled ginger, pickled shiitake, tare, spring onions and the signature 72 degrees onsen tamago, on Japanese rice
If you are a fan of braised meat, you will love this dish! Feels like they basically shredded your usual but tender ‘lor bak’, and put it on Japanese rice with a very lovely egg.
Truffle hon shimeji mushroom, tare marinated skirt steak, spring onions and the signature 72 degrees onsen tamago on Japanese rice
Best don out of the three. Beef was really tender and delicious, coupled with the juicy mushrooms that were really addictive!
Here’s a closer look at the unbelievable ‘shrooms. Would definitely want to order this again the next time.
48 hours marinated and sous vide chicken thigh, served with creamy corn salad and the signature 72 degrees onsen tamago and seasoned Japanese rice
I would have preferred it without the creamy corn salad though, not a fan of sweet, watery mayo sauce on my bowl of Japanese rice. Other than that, chicken was delicious! Tender with skin grilled till its light and crispy. Egg was, of course, good! It was a great feeling ‘murdering’ the yolk and smearing it all over the Japanese rice.
Juicy chicken wings, crispy batter, special sauce
Price: $10 (6 pieces)
Was an interesting dish. First bite and you can taste the tanginess (Lime? Lemon?), followed by the strong taste of paprika! This dish packs a punch so if you can’t take spice, I would suggest you don’t try your luck with this!
Crispy battered onion rings, salted egg yolk custard sauce
Nowadays, all the hype is about salted egg yolk everything. So here’s their take! Onion rings were really tasty, and was not too strong, so it’s okay for people who don’t fancy onions in general. Salted egg yolk sauce was okay, slightly sweetened and an extra saucer of it was given as well. Served in a cute takeout box, definitely for sharing as it is not for the faint-hearted. #sharethecholesterol
Fries drenched in onion gravy, topped with cheddar cheese
Fries were hard and onion gravy was too sweet and really little (hardly drenched, really). The whole combination was not ideal, and I would have much rather order the seaweed fries. Perhaps if you are an ardent fan of onion, you can try this and let us know what you think?
Vanilla waffle, strawberries, sea salt caramel ice cream with crushed pistachios
Dish came looking like a festival, with all the complementary colours. Waffle was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, coupled with the creamy ice cream and pistachios for that crunchy bite. All elements of this dish worked so well together, would definitely go back for their waffles.
Would go back for the rice bowls and possibly try the other desserts the next time too! Saw that there was a mango sticky rice gourmet popsicle, wonder how does that even work…
Address: 115 King George’s Avenue #01-02 Singapore 208561
Telephone Number: 6293 1204
Closed on Mondays
Tuesdays to Fridays: 12 noon – 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 12 midnight
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 1:00am
Sundays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
How to get there from Lavender MRT Station (nearest):
500 metres walk (7 minutes)
Take Station exit B (Kallang Road) and once you go up to street level, face the main road you’re on and turn left onto Lavender Street. Walk along Lavender Street until you see King George’s Avenue on the left. After you turn left onto King George’s Avenue, The Refinery would be on the right. Recognise it by the signature black oil barrels used for outdoor seating tables!
They have a cute cartoon mural in their cafe too!
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