Lunch @ The Naked Finn

March 9, 2015 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

Learning there’s a new flavour for the lobster roll, my friend called me to go for lunch with him at The Naked Finn. The original flavour being homemade mayonnaise while the newer flavour was creme fraiche.

And with that, we were off for lunch since I had been wanting to check out The Naked Finn.

I was actually supposed to have checked them out earlier, but it was raining on the day another friend and I meant to visit. And knowing that their space was designed to be like a makeshift tent, we postponed our meal. Ha.

We arrived at 12.30pm and were given counter seats as the table seats were either taken or reserved.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), we ordered:-

1) Grilled baby Indian squid (uroteuthis duvauceli) with sea salt & olive oil, $8 (above) – These were good.

2) Lobster roll, creme fraiche, $29 (above) – Live American lobster (homarus americanus), straight cut fries. As mentioned on their menu, 90g of lobster meat was used. Now, that’s a lot. And having gone into The Naked Finn’s Facebook, I read that they got their lobster supply through Pince & Pints. And the lobster meat was fresh and succulent. However, the bread was a little tough to slice with the knife (and bite).

3) Hae mee tng, $25 (above) – With farmed giant tiger prawns, berkshire (kurobuta) pork belly. With at least one-third of the menu dedicated to the stock preparation, my friend and I just had to try this. And with a choice of Japanese somen or vermicelli (bee hoon), we went with the latter upon the staff’s recommendation. However, we were disappointed. The soup was tasteless. Although we were given 4 choices of condiments which included sea salt, I thought it’s rather silly if they had to serve us salt for us to add into the soup to give it flavour when the soup should have been seasoned with salt before served. No?

4) Fish and chips, $26 (above) – Line-caught lingcod (ophiodon elongatus) fillet and straight cut fries. Vodka, beer and honey batter mix for the lingcod fillet, deep-fried in olive oil.

5) Homemade fresh coconut sorbet, $10 (above) – And I liked that the sorbet had coconut meat in it too.

6) Homemade madagascan vanilla ice cream + Guinness draught + creme de mure, $20 (above) – We were curious although we don’t like the taste of Guinness. And this was served expectedly as root beer Guinness float.

I won’t exactly strongly recommend The Naked Finn. Besides the okie food served, I was a little let down by the service. Upon arriving, I immediately spotted rags on the chairs in the alfresco area. So while I understand the sun was hot and good for drying wet cloths, and that the staff probably guessed no one (in the right mind) would want to dine under the hot sun. It was during service hours. It was not exactly a nice sight upon entering the premise, especially for the first time.

The Naked Finn was also a little inaccessible to get to on public transport. Luckily for me, my friend drove. Although there were not many parking lots. We ended up parking (illegally) along the road, steps away from The Naked Finn.

41 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-13, Singapore
6694 0807, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Thur : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Sat : 12:00 – 15:00 (Brunch)
Service: 7
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 22:15 (Dinner)
* Closed on Sun

UPDATE [AUGUST 2015]: Restaurant has moved to 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks.