Tucked away within heritage boutique hotel 21 Carpenter is Kee’s, a modern bistro collaboration with celebrated chef Andrew Walsh.

Kee’s is a beautiful space.

The signature restaurant of 21 Carpenter exudes a timeless yet fun contemporary vibe that is absolutely enchanting. Classy wood furnishings, plush lounges, brass and mesh fittings, along with thoughtful pieces of acrylic art depicting Asian landscapes, combine together into an altogether inviting space that beckons you to enter, explore, and luxuriate.

We’d find out later that it was designed by award-winning architectural firm WOHA as a reimagination of an Art Deco banking hall from the 1930s, drawing inspiration from the heritage building’s past as a remittance house while offering a nod to the vibrance of nearby Clarke Quay.

Kee's at 21 Carpenter is a stunningly beautiful eatery.

I’d love to live here. And 21 Carpenter does offer rooms, after all.

But for now I’m here for the food.

Kee’s is a collaboration between 21 Carpenter and celebrated chef Andrew Walsh, the creator of the Nua Irish cuisine over at award-winning restaurant Cure. The menu here is built around a combination of modern European and pan-Asian fare, designed to be approachable as possible (this is a hotel restaurant after all, and you never know who’s going step through these inviting doors).

Think elevated soul food. You’ll find the likes of a signature burger with the Kee’s Smash Bacon Cheese Burger, or a upscale take on local laksa noodles in Seafood Laksa.

Wanderer Ribeye Steak Frites

My dining companion and I did enjoy the Marinated Olives and Red Pepper Hummus, the accompanying sourdough toast with the latter the perfect carrier for the creamy chickpea and red pepper dip.

The Pepper-Crusted Ribeye Steak Frites delivered, totally studded with pepper the way I like it (even if I do prefer a more interesting cut than ribeye). The fries were excellent.

The Mediterranean Sea Bream too impressed, the skin of the fish seared to perfection. The coconut rice and green curry it came with needed more oomph, seemingly catered to those with lower spice tolerance than I.

Japanese Red Sea Bream

Make sure you end your meal with the excellent Chocolate Millefeuille, whose fusion of pandan and chocolate flavours surprisingly worked.

The menu at Kee’s may not be particularly innovative or exciting, but it delivers where it matters. Execution, in particular. I reckon this is going to be quite the popular spot – particularly for a girls’ night out – considering how rare it is these days to find a chic venue that’s both beautiful to look and also eat at.


Kee’s

Address 21 Carpenter St, 21 Carpenter, Singapore 059984 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 7am to 12pm daily
Tel (65) 6373 6985
Web www.kees.com.sg
Instagram @kees.sg
Reservations book here


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