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Seafood has never been treated so simply, and with so much respect – both in terms of non-mainstream, sustainable fishing practices and in terms of each ingredient’s natural flavour and expressivity – than at Ken Loon’s restaurant The Naked Finn. Easily ranked as one of Singapore’s premier fish and seafood eateries, the term naked refers here to Loon’s philosophy of unadulterated simplicity and commitment to honest food. Here at The Naked Finn’s Telok Blangah address, down Malan Road at the Gillman Barracks, you can really appreciate the value of top quality, reasonably priced seafood.
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The lean, pared-back food philosophy at The Naked Finn is evident in the great lengths that the committed core team go to in order to source the finest fish and seafood in Singapore. Ken Loon and his team have found that while many restaurants crow about their sustainable seafood, really sustainable seafood must come from smaller fisheries that focus on non-mainstream species. In order to fight what The Naked Finn’s team see as an endemic dishonesty in the traditionally huge market for seafood in the city-state, each item on the menu is listed with its official FAO plus the scientific names of the species used. Here, in the beautiful surrounds of Telok Blangah’s GIllman Barracks, transparency – as a mirror image of the unadorned simplicity of the dishes on offer – is priceless.
Singapore diners are often landed with a premium price on mediocre meals, but The Naked Finn are refreshingly honest about the value of the food you order, and this is one place you know for sure you are eating the very best. Changing the way diners think about seafood, dishes like the wild-caught yesso scallop, Mozambique lobster, locally-farmed barramundi (and the non-seafood items like the Japanese Toriyama umami Wagyu A4 tenderloin) are given the simplest treatment – usually just olive oil, sea salt and, occasionally, unsalted butter when cooking with the most basic of citrus dressings. Basically, if you’re a fan of seafood, you need to seek out this five-star restaurant down Telok Blangah’s Malan Road. However, be sure to book ahead – the cosy size of The Naked Finn is a big part of its charm, but it does mean the restaurant fills up quickly!
We both had the lobster roll (European). It was delicious. Very buttery with generous amount of lobster. The truffle fries were delicious too. The side salad was also very good. Fantastic service in a lovely environment. Would definitely recommend
Fresh and tasty seafood, albeit pricey. Will visit again. Ambience was also cozy, and quite a few couples were clearly having their date nights then.
Nice ambience. Free parking provided. Order the set dinner for 2. Will return to try the a la carte. Tried the chendol no so fancy though.
Had dinner at Naked Finn, went for the 68++ set meal. Every dish was wonderful. My favourite from the set was the tiger prawns that were cooked over a bed of salt on a cast iron grill. Ordered the orh jian and squid uni risotto as well, both were out of the world good!
I thoroughly enjoyed lunch at The Naked Finn. Had the famous lobster roll and shared a bowl of hae mee tng with my friend. Lobster roll was done just right - buttery bread roll warm and soft inside, with generous chunks of European lobster and a generous heap of fries with a side salad. Every bite was joy. As for the prawn noodle soup, we ordered the version with somen and it was very good. We were informed by the staff that the broth is made with 3 types of prawns and it did taste very rich and aromatic. Full of umami goodness! We slurped up every drop. Also liked the trio of condiments on the side which elevated the taste profile of the dish. Will be back again for sure.
The Naked Finn is a seafood restaurant with a cuisine all of its own, emphasizing the natural flavors of the seafood and not drowning them in sauces. We had a set starting with water spinach topped with something fried and crunchy, then slightly vinegary cold noodles (which stayed on the table instead of bread), sautéed tiny whole squid, clams, amazing baked barramundi, tiger prawns that were steamed and served with a buttery dipping sauce. Hidden in the back of Gilman Barracks it is not the easiest place to get to, but as M. Michelin would say, "vaut le voyage."
The Naked Finn almost always delivers on its mission of serving very fresh seafood with very little embellishment. However, I don't seem to have good luck with ordering carabinero prawns. On Friday, 14/4 I ordered a carabinero for my main course and found that the prawn was not in tip top shape. The prawn was about 160g and it was large but did not look totally fresh; the large hear was sort of collapsed and I did not find the roe and essence in the head to be as tasty as a fresh prawn would have been. Because it is not always possible to have a carabinero, I decided not to return the dish.
In general, food quality was good but presentation could be improved. We got the two person set for $138. First dish was a blanched kang kong topped with shallots, dried shrimps. Simple but refreshing and tasty. Second dish was a scallop carpaccio drizzled with olive oil, garlic and chilli. Star dish. Third dish was beehoon topped with sakura ebi. Um it's not bad but it's really just beehoon? Fourth dish was grilled sotong kia. Grilled to perfection. Very reminiscent of seafood restaurants in the east. Fifth dish was lala with some minimal topping. Bland and forgettable. Also, they served 11 pieces for 2 people. Why? Sixth dish was barramundi. Crisp on the skin was great. But because of the size of the piece, some parts were overcooked Seventh dish was grilled prawn served with salted egg yolk dip. Hated the dip. So minus the dip, you're left with the grilled prawn. Which is just grilled prawn. All pieces were fresh save for one which was marginally less so.
We ordered the ala carte dishes, and each dish completely exceeded our expectations. The mussels were fresh and sweet, as well as the razor shells. “Orh Jien” was a pleasant surprise, I loved it! For people looking to pig out and eat large portions, this isn’t the place for you. But if you want to enjoy good seafood in a chill environment, you’ve got to try The Naked Finn.
We hadn't been back since they moved the restaurant from the old place down the road where Nekkid bar is now, so we were pleasantly surprised by the new room. Spacious, relaxed atmosphere with that great green wall of plants. Waiting staff were knowledgeable and welcoming without being pushy, their recommendations were delicious - Hokkaido clams in broth and African lobster were the stand outs. Big juicy clams in a subtle fish broth - ate the clams and drank the soup. The lobsters, unseasoned, had a natural brine to them which accentuated the sweetness from the grilling process. My wife thought the kang kong and bee hoon were outstanding and she's the Singaporean so she should know. The Estrella beer in the wine bottle was the perfect drink for all courses. Yum.