The Pecking Order may not be the most spacious of spaces, but it is certainly a perfect spot to wind down to some drinks and food at the end of a long working day.
Most of the food is served tapas sized and sharing plates is the order of the day.
Some of the standouts include the Kurobuta pork with honey and soy, the braised lamb with carrot mesh. Both were delicious and well executed and were well plated as well.
|Croquettes Cod Fritters|
For me, the croquettes dish was my personal pick of the lot. Made out of cod, the crispy batter with the sweetness of the cod fish on the inside was just too addictive to stop at one. And it was perfect with a pint of beer.
In general, the food was above the pecking order (pardon the pun) and as far as bar/pub/cafe food goes, it is certainly one of the better ones around.
This upmarket grocer may be a little off the beaten path, but once you get there, you realise that there is more than meets the eye. Specialising in niche Japanese food products, it houses a relatively modest space but what it lacks in size, it makes up in pure quality.
You can find Amadai fish here, the one which has the edible scales when you fry it. It is not cheap, but for something that is so rare, Ethan's is probably the only consumer grocer that sells it here.
|Marusho Cherry Tomatoes|
They also carry the limited selling Marusho cherry tomatoes from Japan. Full of vibrant colours, these little babies are the most naturally sweet tasting cherry tomatoes that I have come across. Be warned though, that they only carry a limited stock every month.
Besides the above mentioned, they also carry a range of Tajima beef which is one of the better selection of Kobe wagyu beef around. Immaculate marbling that will come in handy on those family gatherings.
Despite its location, Ethan's will also provide home delivery services so fret not if you do not want to make a trip to Tagore Lane. But if you do, it is well worth the effort.
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I have previously been to its bar counterpart on the first floor but I have only recently dined at its full restaurant. It is a well decorated, fine dining eatery that oozes class that ignores some of the more modern zen look.
Foodwise, it is very classic and straightforward and though the prices may be a little steep for its offerings, it is located in the heart of the business district after all. They have also recently revamped their menu.
|Scallop Carpaccio and Tuna|
My favourite among the new items is this gorgeous looking carpaccio of scallops and tuna. Beautifully sliced and seasoned, the citrusy scallops and tuna make for a superb entree and the pretty garnishes of carrot ribbons and greens just seals the deal for me.
Elsewhere, the fare is somewhat more predictable and most dishes are a bit of a hit and miss. The Earl Grey jelly dessert at the end will provide a soothing and sweet finish to the meal and is sure to be a favourite among most diners.
The Pecking Order
13 North Canal Road
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50 Tagore Lane
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