Alter Ego is the second self of A Poke Theory, dishing out Hawaiian poke bowls by day, and unapologetically sinful international bar grub like pizza fries and fried chicken skin by night. Edgy, underground and an easy go-to for a day's brunch or night's post-work drinks by the Esplanade waterfront – unleash your Alter Ego at this Raffles Avenue hotspot which offers fine views of the Singapore skyline. Seats fill up fast, so we highly recommend that you reserve a table to avoid disappointment.
Brother-and-sister team Joey and Vannessa Lee, who took Singapore by storm with their healthy Hawaiian poke bowls from A Poke Theory, are back with a darker, more indulgent dining concept which stands in total contrast to the former’s sleek and clean image. Alter Ego, their second venture at the Esplanade Mall on Raffles Avenue, offers the same fresh and wholesome poke bowls the duo have become known for, along with a selection of rich and calorie-heavy international grub that will tempt you to let go of your diet plans and ‘indulge dirty’.
Alter Ego’s signature dish, the pizza fries, will have you fighting with your friends for the last bits of straight-cut fries slathered in a three-cheese sauce and topped with smoky pepperoni. Don’t even get us started on their bigger, badder bites like the southern fried chicken burger, chilli-cheese dog or double patty melt – certainly not for the faint-hearted. Although you’ll want to save some room in your belly for the original poke shaker, which features shoyu salmon on a bed of sushi rice with lime avocado, spiced roasted cashews, pickled seasonal veggies and fish roe. For liquid libations, a number of draft and bottled craft beers awaits, while non-drinkers can opt for the restaurant’s T2 tea jugs for some of the most exquisite infusions you’ll find in Singapore. With splendid views of the Esplanade waterfront and a tantalising menu that draws influences from around the world, Alter Ego is on its way to becoming one of the most talked-about restaurants in the Esplanade precinct. Don’t miss out on the buzz; book a table ahead of your visit.
I have been here several times here. This time round was less crowded especially on a Friday night. Great food and great service as usual!
- Grilled cheese sandwich; warmed till just the right amount of stretchy and brushed liberally with butter before being browned to perfection - Pizza fries; topped with pepperoni and meaty cheese
second time at alter ego and the food is still amazing! Love the ambience at night as well as the staff's quick service. Definitely will come again.
Love the poké bowls here. Service was excellent too. Will go back again!
Welcoming service with friendly and attentive staff, along with great food and ambience. Lunch sets are also available on weekdays, at a pocket-friendly pricing of $15.90 onwards with a main and drink. I decided to go for the ala carte menu and ordered the Southern fried chicken sandwich (which turned out to be a burger instead), cornflake french toast and loaded taters. My favourite dish among all was the southern fried chicken burger which comes with a huge slab of deep fried chicken thigh topped with nacho cheese and ranch sauce, sandwiched between soft buttered brioche buns. It also comes with a side of tangy purple slaw and honey butter cornbread that was luscious with a soft, crumbly texture resembling a pound cake. A great and sweet change from the usual fries/wedges. The loaded taters was sinful albeit enjoyable, deep fried mini bite sized hashbrowns loaded with a generous amount of spicy jalapeno cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon bits. Would prefer if the sauces are served separately though as the tater tots below had turned soggy and lost the essential crisp factor. The cornflake french toast was crisp and coated with cornflakes that provided a pleasant crunch factor, filled with a spread of white and dark salted chocolate ganache and served with butterscotch banana slices and macerated berries. The fillings of chocolate ganache could have been more though IMO, tasted pretty mediocre and akin to a typical chocolate spread without any hint of saltiness as stated. Though prices are pretty steep for the dishes here, it's worth a visit for the ambience and quality of food served!
I had an excellent time at Alter Ego. The poke bowl was wholesome and good. I just wish the chunks of fish could be larger. Also tried the pizza fries and it was very good value for the price. The cheese used for the dish wasn't the usual 'cheap' type of cheese that most eateries used so I really appreciated that. The caramelised ikan bilis tasted wonderful too though it would be good if they served it in smaller portions as it was a bit too much for two people to share. Great experience!
I'm a regular at Alter Ego since their opening. I like their poke bowl mix and it's very yummy! They just launched $15.90 lunch set, so get coffee/tea with your order! If you want also are able to eat some "sinful" but super delicious sides, be sure to try their fried chicken skin, fried fish skin or the pizza fries. You won't be disappointed. If you want more food options, try their burger also. They also serve a lot of drinks like mead, cider and other drinks. Highly recommended! 😉
I had a light pre concert dinner with two friends at Alter Ego. We shared a classic poke bowl and a belly pork sandwich. The service was friendly and efficient and the food good. The restaurant offers a large variety of beer but the wine choice is limited. I would recommend Alter Ego for a quick pre concert dinner.
Alter Ego is the brainchild of the same team behind A Poké Theory, but with another side to it - decadent, sinful and equally enjoyable. From the contrast between the pillowy bun, snappy sausages and broad flavours of the Chilli Dog, to fried chicken skin dusted with paprika that is airy and crisp, Alter Ego's offerings are well-executed versions of classic comfort foods.
Didn't really have a good experience here. We were told we had to order the Vday sets so we ordered 4 sets and chose 2 desserts and 2 sides (which needed $8 top-up for each side). Waited very very long for our food and halfway through we were told that the desserts were no longer available and we were asked to switch the 2 desserts to sides instead without charge. As we already had 2 of the pizza fries, none of us eat chicken skin and these were the only sides on the Vday set, we wanted to change to something else on the sides menu that was outside of the Vday set. What we chose were cheaper than $8 but were told that if we wanted to change to these cheaper sides, we had to top up the full price because these were out of menu. We couldn't understand the inflexibility, after all, we were entitled to 2 sides; already we were picking cheaper ones and the sides menu are available for ordering that day. Tried to explain and all these happened while we were still waiting for the rest of our food which took approx 45mins to fully arrive. And the restaurant wasn't even crowded To be fair, we were allowed to pick other sides in the end (after a reaaally long time) and the staff remained polite. Food was average.