Walaku - East Meets West Cuisine
Luxury, yet homey. Hawker, yet restaurant. East meets West cuisine. Walaku is home to many contradictions but their aim is simple - to showcase their love for food. Walaku was not started by someone who had experience in the F&B industry. In fact, it was just started by a guy who loved food and found his passion in it. He loved it so much that he gave up his high paying job and jumped right into this. Located at Katong, Walaku has slowly dug its way into people's hearts and have retained many regulars who go often to have their must-try menu!
Entering Walaku, it's a cozy and simple cafe. The place is nicely decorated and may seem unassuming... until you try their food.
Walaku serves staple local dishes with slight tweaks and efforts to modernize the dishes. Examples are their Nasi Lemak with Cheesy Garlic Lobster, Moza Leleh Burger, Squid Stuffed Risotto and their Cempedak Creme Brulee.
The Nasi Lemak is a Singaporean staple that most are aware of. They used basmati rice for its healthier qualities and wrapped it with banana leaf before grilling it to really give the texture and aroma of the rice an oomph. While unconventional, the Cheesy Garlic Lobster goes really well with the Nasi Lemak. Despite Nasi Lemak being paired with fried chicken usually, the cheesy garlic lobster changed the flavour profile of the dish. Even though it is still savoury, the garlic adds on to the fragrance before revealing the natural sweetness of the lobster itself. Nasi Lemak can be a heavy dish but the lobster manages to make it less surfeit and makes me feel like having more and more.
Their Moza Leleh Burger was a monstrosity. When it came to the table, it almost looked like it was falling apart, and rightfully so! "Leleh" actually means "dripping" and the dripping cheese really lives up to its name. The burger was perfect, just the way it is - messy, juicy and hearty with double patties. Their patties come from grass fed beef too!
Their Squid Stuffed Risotto was interesting too. It's everything an italian risotto should be, except they've incorporated a little bit of local twang to the dish by using lemak chilli! It was slightly spicy, yet creamy and extremely difficult to put down. Again, the chilli makes the dish less surfeit and it tasted quite comforting.
A Cempedak is a Jackfruit and this dish blew my mind. While creme brulees usually come plain or with chocolate, this was different and has real bits of jackfruit in it. Creamy and eggy, the jackfruit cuts through and gives it a naturally sweeter taste. When coupled with the caramelised sugar on top, the mouthfeel of this dish is addictive and it tastes great.
As you might've imagined, this menu took a whole lot of experimenting and travelling for research before Walaku could come out with such intricate recipes and this isn't even half of the menu! A hidden gem in Singapore's Katong, their menu definitely is worth a try!
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102 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427396 (Dakota MRT)
101 Yishun Ave 5, Singapore 760101 (Yishun MRT)
418 Bedok North Ave 2, Singapore 460418 (Bedok MRT)
Tues - Sun: 11:00AM - 9:30PM,