The Gong (by Drinks & Co) is newly established at Duo Galleria, just above Bugis MRT (DT-Line) via Exit D, along Rochor Road. Be greeted by hospitable service staff as you approach, and you have a choice between outdoor or indoor seating. Right next to the glass entrance, a good sized Gong is displayed.
I’ll confess that I’m quite tempted to sound the gong haha.
Upon entry, full rack display of bottled wines & spirits with another Gong as centerpiece, as well as a bar counter to whip up a refreshing cocktail, or liquid diet from the tap.
Panning across the floor, I estimate this place seats approximately 40pax indoor and 20pax outdoor. Interior décor is themed pretty much black & white, with dark timber table tops. And what stands out would be the oriental elements of The Gong and Statues.
To kick things off, a series of entrees were introduced.
Gong Salt & Pepper Squid – not quite the typical battered sotong that you’ve tasted in most places. The batter is golden crisp like tempura, fortified with a concoction of garlic, black pepper & spring onions. Nicely done, good bounce to the bite, and easy to consume. I like it.
Crispy Chicken Karage – this dish needs no introduction, but I think much though was put into the cuts of the chicken, as well as the size of each piece. Served with a sweet chili sauce dip that packs quite a bit of throat hit.
Florets of Cauliflower – unexpectedly, this actually impressed me most. The cauliflower is crunchy on the surface, but remains moist & juicy as you munch along. Coupled with thin radish slices, seedless grapes & fine chopped spring onions the tastes & textures some dynamics, with underlying rich pesto sauce. What’s not to like?
Thirst will follow, after you’ve had some bites. They’ve a decent variety of quenchers aplenty, chilled blancs, fruity wines & sparkling water, and awesome draughts too.
Mixed Meat Platter – is one of The Gong’s Signature Boards, comprising of NZ lamb rack, grilled Aussie beef, pork sausage, chicken & beef satay, served with mixed olives, mixed mesclun salad, grain-mustard & mint yoghurt sauce. The lamb rack is really quite a piece of work, and so was the beef, albeit I’d prefer it rare. I like them the way there were, didn’t need to use the dips.
Zul’s Satay Pizza – named after the head chef, as it’s his creation. If there was a simpler way to describe this, it’s chicken & beef satay chunks, onions & cucumber cubes, embedded in the peanut sauce laden pizza.
Assorted Mushroom Pizza – crowd favorite hands down. Generous amount of truffle cream rolled into balls, spaced evenly so each slice is not denied an equal portion of the magic. The molten mozzarella cheese gives it a nice chewy texture, with generous amount of sliced earthy wild mushrooms. Loved it.
Barbecue Smoked Duck Breast – juicy tender duck breasts marinated with homemade barbecue sauce, accompanied with sautéed green peas, carrots & baby corn, stacked on potato puree. Portion is somewhat little, so there’s need for mains for stomach fillers.
Iberico Pork – nice hues of smoky scent in the pork, moist & juicy tender. Accompanied with roasted potatoes, pickled vegetables & sliced apples, presented on a bed of eggplant puree, and drizzled over with pork jus. Good stuff!
Crab Claw Meat Fried Rice with Tobiko – exceeded my expectations. The presentation is simple but the ensemble of colors were pretty enticing. The combination of colors are just a prelude to the remarkable textures & taste. Need I say more, the bounce of the Tobiko sparks joy!
Fried Hokkien Mee – possibly one of the nicest presentation I’ve seen in a while. The doneness of the prawns beat many local fairs, but somehow I felt the sauce in the noodles was still missing some magic. Maybe it needed to simmer a little while longer before plating & serving.
For the desserts, Chocolate Lava Cake and Tiramisu.
Chocolate Lava Cake – we were anticipating for the lava to ooze when we plunge the cutlery in, but there wasn’t. Coupling the raspberry puree, mixed berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, wasn’t overbearing sweet. Refreshing!
Tiramisu – visibly different from most renditions on the market, but their pretty generous with their kahlua & bailey’s, and fragrance of coffee was awakening. Must try!
All in all, I think the overall experience here was really good. The quality & portion of the food were good, the service was immaculate, and ambience is comfortable enough for hearty chatter over a meal.
So if you’re undecided where you would host a guest over a meal, have business lunch, or simply for a meal & booze. This is a very accessible joint that you should patronize.
Spend S$250 in a single receipt and be enlisted for The Gong’s lifetime membership. You’ll get to enjoy Gong members’ price on the food menu, for all your subsequent visits.
Kudos to Amanda & the team at The Gong by Drinks & Co for hosting us, and Kristine for sharing the calories. Grateful for the great company of Hence, Tracy, Rachelle, Tiara, Ai Ling and Ivan~!
The Gong by Drinks & Co
7 Fraser St #01-59 & 60,
T: +65 9619 4568
Opens daily: 1100hrs to Midnight