Shelter in the Woods – Japanese Do It Better

Shelter in the Woods – Japanese Do It Better

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Charcuterie Platter

After close to a 4-month hiatus, Shelter in the Woods debuts a refreshed interior and revamped menu. While most of the furniture remains, the disarmingly charming establishment is more brightly lit and there’s a sense of homely comfort that seems to exude from this sequestered foodie sanctuary.

Helming the kitchen now is Japanese consultant chef Masashi Horiuchi (formerly of two Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London), though we hear this is only a temporary placement till he eventually runs his own concept under Wine Culture.

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Suckling Pig & Rotisserie Pineapple

While the menu stays anchored around rustic European fare, finessed tweaks by chef Masahi reveals pronounced complexities and depth through the meticulous balance of flavours and intensities.

The signature Rotisserie Suckling Pig (previously served with mash) is now teamed with juicy, flame-licked chunks of pineapple. Alone, that smokiness and acidity makes for a fancy appetizer for the health-conscious—though we gladly throw diet plans out the window for the moreish Charcuterie Platter—but coupled, does wonders to accentuate the savoury, succulent pork with golden crackling.

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Seafood Casserole

Delicious and worthy of repeat visits are the Seafood Casserole—a soupier version of the classic Bouillabaisse, but equally as rich and packed with a value-for-money hotchpotch of mussels, clams, scallops, prawns and sea bass—and the toothsome Rotisserie Chicken bathed in an inviting garlic confit.

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Rack of Lamb

Highlight of the evening, and my current personal favourite, is the Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb. The luscious New Zealand cut so brilliantly executed in the rotisserie, both meat and fat seem to practically melt into a puddle of flavour in the mouth.

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Corn Soup Trio

Also noteworthy is the Creamy Corn Soup Trio, something I didn’t think I’d enjoy—especially since I’m not a fan of corn. Most homemade ones (or god forbid, canned versions) are usually too sweet or flat, but Masashi’s rendition using a medley of roasted, boiled and popped Japanese corn is rounded with a tinge of smokiness and bits of texture to tease the palate.

Shelter in the Woods - New Menu by Chef Masashi Horiuchi - Pâté en Croûte
Shelter in the Woods
22 Greenwood Avenue
Singapore 289218

Tel: +65 6466 6225

Operating hours:
Closed Tuesdays
Mon, Wed-Sun 6pm-10pm

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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