Nestled at 113 Lonsdale Street, the Seamstress Restaurant & Bar opened its doors to the public in the year 2007. Housed at a 115 year old former textile factory, warehouse and one-time Buddhist monastery, this restaurant has a quirky and retro ambience. Climb up the rickety stairs to go to level 1 of the building to reach the cosy dining room. Another flight of stairs will lead you to the multi-award winning cocktail bar located at level 2 which effortlessly transforms into a buzzing bar offering delicious snacks like spiced roast nuts, satay chicken, bbq duck pancakes and Malay corn fritters.
The dining room is decorated with colourful hoops of clothes and small, glass vases filled with bright-hued flowers, hanging from the ceiling. The seats are comfy, beckoning you to sink into them as you look around for a menu. It won't be long before the friendly staff approach you with a menu and a lovely smile.
Always be prepared to extend recommendations as you will soon discover yourself in competent hands. Constantly mindful of your needs, the staff will ensure that your water and/or wine glass is always full. The dim lighting of the room lends the place a mellow and relaxed vibe. Kick back your worries, let your hair down and sink your teeth into some delicious food.
The exquisite menu is all about shared dining enjoyed in a lively but casual social setting. A striking blend of traditional pan-asian ingredients with modern kitchen techniques, the menu will appeal to all including the ones with an indecisive streak.
The beauty of the menu is enhanced by the fact that the menu offers many choices in relation to the serving sizes. Most items in the menu allow the customer to choose from a small portion, medium portion and large portion. Therefore, you are indulged with the options of having a massive meal or an assortment of tapas style items.
The spring collection menu will leave you drooling, kindling your hunger more than ever. You could choose to start with the first item on the menu, Schimi fried Oysters, shiso, wasabi and yuzu dressing. The oysters are beautifully fried and served with a wasabi and yuzu dressing on a bed of salt. As your tongue will break through the crispy exterior, you will discover the juicy, soft oyster meat inside. The wasabi dressing is not that hot but instead adds a bit of zing to this delicious dish.
Almost finished Schimi fried Oysters (Image taken by sparky2012)
The next item that is definitely worth a mention is the Seared dory, miso marinated fried Brussels sprout, Jerusalem artichoke puree and taro chips. The taro chips are finely cut and crisply fried chips which will leave your mouth watering for more. The dory is an amazing fish dish with a thin crispy exterior. The fish is butter-soft and succulent, mildly suffused with spices. The miso marinated fried Brussels sprout is superbly done, maintaining a crisp exterior and a soft interior. And the artichoke puree stunningly complements the dish. A winner, this wonderful dish will leave you awed and gratified.
The twelve hour braised Berkshire pork belly, jicama salad and kohlrabi kimchi is sure to impress the worst cynic. The beautiful texture and the lovely taste make this dish a must-have item in the menu. The succulent, moist and tender pork with light, crunchy crackling will melt in your mouth. The jicama salad and kohlrabi kimchi is a seamless blend of spices and sweetness. Your plate will be emptied within minutes.
The highlight of the menu is certainly the dessert section with the ultimate champion being the Sticky fig pudding, ginger caramel sauce and palm sugar ice cream. A culinary delight, the fig pudding is sticky and super soft with the sweetness being done to perfection. The caramel sauce is certainly lip-smacking. The palm sugar gives the ice-cream a lovely burnt sugar flavour. This delicious dessert will be the perfect conclusion to a delectable dinner.
Whether on your way to the theatre or out with friends and families or celebrating a birthday or an achievement this gem of a restaurant will leave your tastebuds satisfied, your tummy contented and your soul gratified.