Friday, July 22, 2011

Stacked Dim Sum Bar

Mildly Spicy Salted Egg Squid
Ever had a craving for dim sum and drinks late at night? Now you can have dim sum for supper, together with cocktails, bottled beers and wines too. Stacked Dim Sum Bar (Facebook) at The Quayside (Robertson Quay) was started to do exactly that.

The al fresco joint is associated with Red House Seafood and is right next to it, so they probably share the same dim sum expertise. However, at Stacked, you'll see several more contemporary and fusion creations along with traditional stalwarts.

My absolute favourite item at Stacked is the Mildly Spicy Salted Egg Squid (S$12). These well-seasoned savoury nibbles are just so addictive!

North Taiwan Lychee Beer
North Taiwan Lychee Beer (S$12) is an interesting brew they offer. It's really light and sweetly refreshing. There's a version with Honeydew too.

Strawberry Margarita
My friend had the Strawberry Margarita, which came looking like a giant slushie. In our outdoor weather, this melts fast, so you also have to drink quickly too, so it doesn't overflow!

Asparagus Prawn Cake
The Asparagus Prawn Cake (S$10.50 for 3 pieces) is a juicy patty of chunky diced shrimp and sliced asparagus. Nice.

Steamed Chilli Crab Pau
Steamed Chilli Crab Pau (S$8.90 for 3 pieces). These soft, fluffy, bite-size buns have a dollop of chili crab gravy and crabmeat in them. A little too sweet for me though. I found out later that there is a fried bun version, which I think would do better (more fried mantou-like?).

Char Siew Pastry
Char Siew Pastry (S$5.90 for 3 pieces). These are rich, soft and crumbly. Most of us enjoyed this.

Stacked Platter
Now for the fusion dim sum. We tried the following Signature Stacked Dumplings (S$8.90 per basket):

Top: Shredded Duck Dumpling with Hoi Sin Sauce (shredded duck with thinly sliced cucumber)
Bottom left: Scallop Pesto Dumpling with Mayo Dip (diced scallop with Italian basil pesto)
Bottom right: Margherita Dumpling with Balsamic Vinegar Dip (diced tomato, mozzarella, Italian basil)

These can be a mixed bag though. The duck dumplings had lots of meat in them, but the skin is a tad chewy. The scallop pesto dumplings were a little too greasy for me (perhaps the shape of the dumplings retain more oil?). The Margherita dumplings had a lot of cheese within, but it somehow masked the tomatoes and basil (mozzarella as a cheese is a bit bland).

Stir-fried XO Carrot Cake
Stir-fried XO Carrot Cake (S$8.50) - this was quite soft and moist, and it carried a heavy aroma of Chinese sausage.

Teochew styled Noodle Pancake
Teochew-style Noodle Pancake (S$6.90 for 3 pieces). These egg noodle patties are apparently a traditional Teochew snack, and require a lot of work to make. You have to boil, season, pan-fry and cut into shapes. I'm sure I missed out a few steps. Well, it tastes almost exactly like wantan noodles (without the wantan), but with crispy sides.

Stacked Mango Sago Pomelo with Peach Vodka
Stacked Mango Sago Pomelo with Peach Vodka (S$7.90). This lies in between a drink and dessert. It's quite thick, yet drinkable. I rather liked it. The peach vodka lends a fragrant kick.

Stacked Dim Sum Bar is at The Quayside
Interior image courtesy of Stacked

The interior decor is a mix of organic and industrial, using unfinished wood panels, concrete and corrugated siding. No air-conditioning here, but there's a 'Big Ass Fan' to help keep things cool. Stacked also has large TV screens showing football and movies. The bar overlooks the river, and is probably great for people-watching as well.

I don't know why there haven't been more dim sum bars in Singapore. I guess mainly because good dim sum is labour intensive and requires a full kitchen. If you are sick of regular bar food, maybe Stacked is an alternative since not many places offer dim sum in the evenings.

Thanks to Sixth Sense Communications and Stacked Dim Sum Bar for the media tasting session.

60 Robertson Quay
#01-13 The Quayside
Tel: +65 9677-8281
Open Mon-Thu: 3.30pm-11.30pm
Fri: 3.30pm-1am
Sat: 1pm – 1am
Sun: 1pm-11.30pm


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  2. I was looking for chicken feet picture and for some reasons google took me to your website. Wow!! You have a good eye in photography and the foods look mouthwatering...=)


  3. Mmm. The Stacked Mango Sago Pomelo with Peach Vodka looks pretty perfect for the hot summery weather we've been having. :)

  4. I went to Stacked with friends, we ate and drank a lot. But the bartender refused to serve me water. WATER! He said it was policy. He insisted that I buy overpriced FIJI water instead of giving me free water from the tap. What kind of BS is that? Why would I buy bottled water when I can get for free from the tap. I will never come back to this place. 0/10


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