Singapore is known for many things, but its food has to be in the top 5 categories for sure. The spectrum of possibilities, the unique mix of flavors, the accessible price ranges, and the experience of enjoying the food in the company of folks, a LOT of other folks.
G7 Sin Ma is a quintessential Singapore style establishment. It sits on a relatively quiet street corner, with a very open seating plan. Nearly all of the facade of the restaurant is open to the street, with no walls as such. This is what gives that very unique Singapore feel of eating in the midst of great many folks milling around. The tables and chairs are extremely no-nonsense frugal, and suit the place to a T.
The taste, Wow! The signature frog dish served in mild and spicy varieties is just mind-blowing. Very close to Sichuan flavor profiles, but still very much carrying that Singapore stamp. The rice porridge to go with it (very much like a congee) is deceptively simple but amazingly satisfying in its ability to balance the frog curry.
The ambiance: If you want a Singapore style eatery, you've got it. Expect and enjoy lots of people around you, wafting aromas of food being prepared, clamor of all those many conversations and dishes.
Beer: Tepid, never really chilled enough, and really only two varieties available. Guinness stout? Really? With Sichuan frog curry? Don't think so.
While the restaurant itself moves at a very fast pace, you have to actually flag your server down like a zooming Taxi, for every thing: Get the menus, order your drinks, order your food, ask for extra wet towels, get the check, pay the bill. Somehow it didn't compute with the pace I ordinarily associate with Singapore in general.
That said, I absolutely recommend this place for everyone who is visiting Singapore, and has some desire to enjoy food beyond the usual Terrestrial, Aerial, or Aquatic categories, to venture into the Amphibian world. I say visitors, because obviously the locals don't really seem to need my recommendation :-)
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