An extremely uncommon name for a restaurant, FYR (pronounced as fire) is definitely a character of its own. When you enter the back part of the restaurant bar, you’ll enter a time warp, to a time where human evoluation came about – vividly depicted by the full-wall murals. You can bet that the first word the caveman screamed was “FYR!!!”. Nestled in the CBD, the area gets especially quiet but FYR is still vicariously alive, whipping up wonderful brunch dishes that will make the caveman or cavewoman in you ever satisfied. Special mention goes out to FYR’s special Josper Wood Charcoal Oven using lychee wood! Most of the dishes are prepared using this special oven, which gives the food a unique flavour trace that cannot be achieved with a normal oven.
A happy-looking bar!
Perfect for a chillax weekend, away from the throngs of crowds.
A closer look at the “FYR!!!” mural!
Grilled Squid ($12) – The first dish that I want to introduce from FYR’s brunch offering is this more-than-amazing squid dish. A whole squid baked in the Josper Wood Charcoal Oven, the taste of it was starkly different from what I’ve ever had. Though you cannot tell that it’s been smoked with lychee wood (ie. no lychee flavour), the fragrance of it was incomparable. Tossed with tumeric, garlic, crispy coated onions and lime leaves, the Asian spices brought an extra kick to this perfect starter. Not one that you’ll find in the usual brunch offerings, but one that I highly recommend you to try!
Skillet-Roasted Escargot ($12) – The last time I had escargot before this tasting session was Primary One. Not a fan of escargot still, but the sauce is commendable. Did I mention that the bread at FYR is especially tasty too?
Taro & Sweet Potato Fries – Healthy versions of our favourite snacks.
Baked Beef Hash ($18) – Wow. That was the first word that I mouthed after my first spoonful of this. I’ve never had beef hash before, so there’s no point of comparison, but the sweetness and taste of tomato was strong – easily making this a kid-friendly dish. The eggporn in the centre seamlessly goes with the hash too. The other highlight of this dish is the homemade spring onion crepe, which is essentially a cross between Indian naan and Chinese 葱油饼 (onion crepe). It was served warm, crumbling under each bite and soaking in the goodness of the beef hash at the same time. Love this!
Latte ($4) – The origin of the coffee beans slipped my mind but I remember clearly that I enjoyed this unique house blend a lot. Moreover, where else can you get a decent cuppa for $4 now – freshly brewed using the premium La Marzocco Espresso machine, no less!
Grilled Steak & Eggs ($28) – If you’re in the mood for some heavier dishes, this striploin would be perfect. The glorious slab of meat is accompanied by toasted bread and a sunny side up. To me, the steak was a little tough even though it was done medium-well. One reason this was the case could be the lag time between the dish being served and being consumed (photographing takes time)…
Baked Blinis ($15) – I’ve had mini blinis with caviar but not the full-sized ones. Hence, this came to me as a little too dense. If you’re expecting a pancake, this is far from it. The texture is closer to that of a cornbread I would say. That said, for a $15 dish to include Avruga caviar and grated Bottarga, it is really impressive! Plus, the salmon was simply a dream! I usually find salmon dishes in Western restaurants underwhelming as they tend to be overcooked but over here at FYR, it was really tender and the centre of the fillet was still pinkish. This dish unquestionably gives you a run for money!
Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream ($10) – Presenting to you the highly-raved dessert at FYR! Lookswise, it’s no doubt highly-Instagrammable but taste-wise, it fell a little short of my expectations. Similar to the blinis, the cake was very dense – something that I don’t exactly favour. On the other hand, I love the unexpected blend of both savouriness and sweetness of the dessert. The lava was some good stuff.
Party Detox Basket ($10/glass) – Farrrrrrr from getting a detox from this drink, you’ll get highly intoxicated – just look at the amount of vodka in the glass. Well, let the party begin!
Honey Lemonade Soda [Fresh Lemon Juice, Lemongrass, Honey] ($4.50) – The taste of honey could have been much stronger.
Lime & Mint Soda [Fresh Lime, Fresh Mint Leaves, Infused Mint Syrup] ($4.50) – Refreshing and thirst-quenching, this would be great to cleanse your palate.
All in all, I was impressed with the brunch offerings at FYR! Many dishes left me quite an impression and I’d highly recommend you to head over one weekend and try them out too!
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
19 Boon Tat Street
Tel: 6221 3703
Many thanks to Racheal for the invite!