Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine Restaurant, Esplanade, Singapore

Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine

7atenine at Esplanade was one of my favorite restaurants in 2009. My last visit was a year ago, and the restaurant has since been re-branded to Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine. Gone was the lunch unlimited concept. Instead, they also currently serving food with a cosmopolitan local flavor, combining the best of Western and Asian food.

Even though they have a Moroccan chef at helm, the direction of the menu is mainly influenced by their sister restaurant 7atenine Kuala Lumpur. This explains the presence of KL Hokkien Mee, Char Kuay Teow and Laksa on the menu. Interestingly, there are also Indian food alongside the remaining popular tapas and Western dishes that survived the previous menu.

7atenine Jazz Bar

To be frank with you, when I first heard that 7atenine changed the whole dining concept; I thought it was a shame as I really enjoyed the lunch unlimited ‘buffet’. I wasn’t too keen to go for a second time especially since I had such a good experience the last time.

But I must say it’s a very intriguing idea to combine Jazz with food, so I was finally tempted to drop by 7atenine again. Entering the restaurant and looking at the menu, it felt like the restaurant was going through an identity crisis. I couldn’t figure out if they were trying to be a Western restaurant with Jazz music or another ‘atas‘ restaurant that served hawker food?

Imagine this: you are having KL Laksa in a classy Western restaurant that is playing Jazz music in the background. Confused?

7atenine Fusion food

Surprisingly, their KL Curry Laksa ($14.70) was actually quite good. The laksa gravy was thick, and robust and addictive. To pay $14 for laksa is insane. But hey, the huge portion is probably enough for three person and you never know when your laksa craving kicks in during the middle of the night. Another item that we had from the Asian Menu was the Beef Fried Rice ($12.70): decent, it was but nothing breathtaking.

Poached Salmon

The interesting name – 52 degree Salmon ($27.70) – stood out from the other dishes on the menu. It didn’t taste like the usual pan-seared or grilled salmon. Nor was it like raw sashimi. 7atenine’s interpretation of the fish was like salmon at the most natural stage. Every slice just fell off easily and it came close to the crumble-in-your-mouth effect. There’s a problem though – the portion was too small for a main course.

Beef Kebab

If there’s a dish that will catch everybody’s attention, it will definitely be the Beef Kebab ($50). Even though the meat was slightly cold as I took a long time to take photographs of it; but every bite was so tender, and together with the fries and grilled vegetables, we called this – the date dish – perfect for sharing between a couple.

Best Churros Singapore

If you give me an air ticket that flies to any part of the world, I’d definitely choose to go to Spain. I have always been a big fan of the Spanish culture, somehow everything seduces me. From Spanish football, to the magnificent scenery of the country (that I saw on TV), to Spanish food and the tapas culture, please let me wake up and find myself speaking Spanish!

When the Churros ($7.70) arrived on our table, we experienced the phenomenon again. Everyone went quiet and focused on the dessert. Coated with heaps of sugar and cinnamon, the churros were deep-fried and served pipping hot. Dipping it with the nutella-chocolate sauce, oh em gee, this is surely the best-est thing ever! Chocolate, nutella and churros. I can’t think of a better combination. How could flour taste so good?

I just found my new love, her name is Churros with nutella.

7atenine Restaurant Singapore

I will like to thank Danielle from ate media for the invitation. Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine is definitely a good chill out places in Singapore for jazz lovers to hang out with their friends over some food and drinks. The al fresco area is cooling at night for dinner. If you must have air-con, there’s a few tables inside as most of the interior area was converted for the jazz bar.

While I am not a very big drinker, we had fun trying out the different types of mojito at 7atenine. The whole new concept is bold and adventurous, but when it comes to the food, prices are not exactly in the affordable range and honestly, I’m not quite sure how people will react to it. So tell me: are you game enough to order Laksa and Hokkien mee in a restaurant? Well, one thing is for sure, I will definitely be back for the churros!

I need some recommendations for good chill out places please!

Restaurant Review
Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-10/12 Esplanade Mall
Tel: +65 6338 0789

20 COMMENTS

LOVE churros. haven’t had any in ages.
looks like another added to my to-visit list.
first saw when Ju blogged about it.
now that you blogged about it not too long later..
is another reason to go check it out!

peiyan: Yep! southbridge jazz and 7atenine merged for the new Southbridge jazz @ 7atenine. Are u a big fan of southbridge jazz?

pammiez: My dear, churros are damn good! we should go next time

LFB: You like jazz dude?

brenda: hahaha yea i heard about them, you only had it there? have u tried anywhere in Singapore?

felicia: hehe have you tried to make churros before?

Maria: Thanks, the churros look very good right? : )

yes i have but the recipe was omg fail.
NOTHING like churros at all. was damn disappointed.
i need to go on a churros recipe hunt!

The Churros (they deserve a capital C, don’t they?) are beautifully plated! (Your photo is Amazing) And chocolate and nutella sauce! That is more than decadent.. And jazz as background music just makes everything perfect. xx

Those churros look amazinggg!! and oohh I like having jazzy music in the background though does sound a bit confusing if you are having curry laksa haha

besides the interesting food mentioned, the photography is simply awesome! makes the food saliva-tingly good! Churros…..here we come!
Thanks for the recommendation, i love a mixture of all sorts of (confusing evn so) variety!:)

@ladyironchef

kind of though I have only visited that jazz @ southbridge a few times. really like the place and the jazz music.

felicia: YES YOU NEED! try 7atenine, then i heard there’s alegro at clarke quay that has churros too! : )

Shirin: Churros with a capital C! that sounds so right! have u tried churros before?

Ffichiban: I know right dude! jazz + laksa hahahaha but then, it’s an experience

Mitch: Looks like we have a brave soul here! yay to you! hehe what other ‘weird’ combination have u tried before?

peiyan: Now you know where they are! GO GO!

@ladyironchef

kind of though I have only visited that jazz @ southbridge a few times. really like the place and the jazz music.

wootz! its been a long time since i last came and saw a post im super interested in.
it looks like a good chill out place, might visit one of these days!

im also interested in ur ending question. i need more chill out places too!! any to intro?

steveL yeah did you have any food while u were there? or was it just drinks and jazz? maybe the next time you drop by, you can have food outside and chill out at the lounge after that : )

jess: haha meanwhile check out jazz bridge @ 7atenine first!

yeah, im checking it out tmr! went to try everything with fries aft visiting your blog the other day. i loveeeeeeeeee the nutella tart, but the hand and cheese sandwich is a little bit too normal ;\
thanks for the recommendation thou!

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