Xiao Ya Tou restaurant review @ Duxton Hill 小丫头 – Serving Naughty Asian Cuisine
Xiao Ya Tou – synonymous to lassie or unmarried young girl in ancient China, it can be a term to describe the endearing for a girl or in the derogatory way a young maid or servant in the house.
Located at Duxton Hill, Xiao Ya Tou is the creation by the folks behind the popular Symmetry cafe. The restaurant contrives an ambience of old Chinese tea house fused with the 60′ theme, lots of red lanterns and colourful paper umbrellas hanging down from the ceiling, the tawdry posters and neon illuminated vintage Singapore street scene display panel bathed the dining place, it takes you back to the memory lane to a place of presumably insalubrious old Chinese tea house.
The olden at Xiao Ya Tou pervades the cheeky and jollity vibe, food is a modernized fusion of oriental with the western touch. The premium dining place is for the upscale market and a goto place for the hipsters.
Crispy Otak-Otak Rolls $12.0
The classic Otak was wrapped in the form of a spring roll, deep fried to golden brown and doused with tangy tamarind peanut sauce, good starter to start the meal.
Spicy Brussel Sprouts $14.0
The brussels sprouts was served with minced chicken, preserved radish or chye poh and chilli jam, the flavour was surprisingly pleasant with it concoction of sweet, savoury and slightly spiciness with the crunchiness of the Brussel sprouts.
Cock Wings $13.0
The wings were juicy and tender, marinated with fish sauce coupled with lemongrass, chili and lime fragrance, it was hard to stop at one.
XYT Hokkien Mee $16.0
The local classic hawker dish hit the spot with the delectable noodle packed with the fragrance of the eggs. Served with smoked pancetta, clams and prawns, it was a high class Hokkien mee that enticed every of your tastebud.
Twice-cooked Angus Short Ribs $36.0
The Twice-cooked Angus Short Ribs is the signature dish here. Slices of ribs accompanied by the sesame butter and smashed cucumber, the cooking process has turned each slice of the beef into melt-in-your-mouth texture and yet retained the much needed juiciness, go seamlessly well with the sesame butter and the smashed cucumber, one of the dishes that kept our eyeball rolling.
Pineapple Shortcake $7
The Honey ice cream was sandwiched between the shortcake and it buried the pineapple compote similar to the pineapple tarts we have during the Lunar New Year, the tangy citrus curd made the perfect finishing touch to the meal. It is a dessert that allow you to break away the monotonous of sweetness and allow you to fully appreciate the balance of sweetness and sourness in the plate.
Coconut Tau Huey $6.0
Ginger nut ice cream, tapioca pearls (sago) with gula melaka, salted butter cookies crumble served in a bowl for this innovative dessert.
Our verdict on Xiao Ya Tou
At Xiao Ya Tou, food is obviously not taken lightly when come to innovation and quality, every dish we have tried that churned out from the kitchen has nice layering flavours, Xiao Ya Tou seems to be pretty good with its delicacies in this aspect.
A: 6 Duxton Hill, #01-01, Singapore 089592
H: Mon-Thurs 10am – 11pm, Fri-Sat 10am – 12am, Sun 10am – 5pm
T: +65 62261965