Redpan at Marina Square by DP Architects and GRUB

Redpan at Marina Square by DP Architects and GRUB

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Hainanese Pork CutletHainanese Pork Cutlet

Not all cafes are created equal, some are more equal than others. After the roaring success of picturesque Bishan Park hideaway GRUB and Halal-certified poolside cafe FIX CafeThe Food Explorer Group team strikes gold again with their latest concept, Redpan.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Chicken Cheese Arabiki SausagesChicken Cheese Arabiki Sausages

A collaboration with homegrown architecture practice DP Architects, the restaurant at Marina Square—which also doubles as a meeting space and staff canteen of sorts—differentiates itself with sleek interiors and an extremely affordable, creative menu spotlighting local ingredients and familiar flavours, such as the wobbly Coconut Panna Cotta ($7) with grilled pineapple compote and Gula Melaka.
Guests can also look forward to the popular Strawberry Basil Soda ($5) from FIX on the menu and cakes from Tampopo Deli.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Pork PopsPork Pops

Go straight for the frighteningly addictive Pork Pops ($9), fried strips of marinated pork belly enjoyed with a tangy and spiced mango sauce, and Fried Calamari ($9) with a robust, homemade sambal mayo dip—the perfect grub to match with their list of Happy Hours-priced alcoholic beverages (cocktails priced at $12, beers and ciders from $10-12).

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Fried CalamariFried Calamari

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Prawn & Hae Bi Hiam PastaPrawn & Hae Bi Hiam Pasta

Other interesting modern Singaporean offerings include the tasty Prawn & Hae Bi Hiam Pasta ($16)—tagliatelle tossed with a lip-smacking, housemade spicy shrimp paste with a spicy yet ’shiok’ kick, then topped with sakura ebi and sautéed prawns—and the Char Siew Chilli Fries ($7), torched before serving to release more of that comfortingly nostalgic Char Siew aroma and flavours.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Char Siew Chilli FriesChar Siew Chilli Fries

For those who prefer something more sweet than savoury, there’s also a unique Truffle Floss Fries ($8) option of crisp fries, truffle aioli, sesame and chicken floss.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Lup Cheong Macaroni & CheeseLup Cheong Macaroni & Cheese

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Steak & Chinchalok

Steak & Chinchalok

Another standout is the Steak & Chinchalok ($22), where grilled-to-perfection sirloin steak (250g) is served with housemade spicy Chinchalok (fermented baby shrimps), pickled onions and sautéed smashed potatoes. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of Chinchalok, so am appreciative of the execution: mild, but enough to lend an unexpected, beguiling depth.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Banana Donuts Milo DinosaurBanana Donuts Milo Dinosaur

Be sure to save space for desserts. I recommend the Banana Donuts Milo Dinosaur ($7) that’s a cross between ‘Pisang Goreng’ (banana fritters) and my favourite Milo Toast from Tuk Tuk Cha. Crisp, banana-infused donuts are indulgently doused in condensed milk, milo powder, even more condensed milk before a final topping of hazelnuts for that added earthy crunch.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Sticky Red Date CakeSticky Red Date Cake

Also noteworthy is the ingenious Red Date Butter Cake ($8) where fragrant, rich butter cake is teamed with a vanilla ice cream crown and a bed of sticky caramel sauce given a twist with the homely sweetness of red dates.

Redpan by DP Architects and GRUB - Marina Square - Lemongrass with Gula MelakaLemongrass with Gula Melaka

Address: #02-03/04 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6255 5850
Operating hours: Daily 11am-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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