SIDEWAYS – Authentic Wood Fired Food

By Falak Amaar Khan
February 6, 2019
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SIDEWAYS – Wood Fired Food in Singapore

We found a hidden gem in Singapore on 109 Rowell Road and you can thank us later!Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

Authentic Wood Fired Food and Freshly Baked Bread

Have you ever been to a restaurant in Singapore where they serve “authentic” wood-fired food with inspiration from southern Europe, the Mediterranean, Australian fusion styles and a touch of Asian ingredients? Well, we certainly hadn’t!

Why do we ask “authentic”? Most places that claim to be serving wood-fired breads aren’t actually using the wood-fired oven which you can see proudly standing in all its glory in the Sideways kitchen. There is more! Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options are available so anyone and everyone can enjoy.

Why the name “Sideways”? We asked the owners. “Because of our way of being and doing things a little differently than anyone else.”

And last but not the least, they bake their own bread. Fresh, every morning, every day!

Pav Khialani, 33 is a Singaporean who spent 15 years in Melbourne, Australia as chef, coffee roaster, baker and entrepreneur who also runs The Hangar in Arab Street. Giulia Cian Seren, 27, Italo-Hungarian digital marketer who found her way back into F&B with The Hangar. Pav and Giulia both came together to launch Sideways in July 2018.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

We wanted to serve great food but not just open up a foodie place. We didn’t want to be JUST about the drinks because we don’t want to be a bar and have that kind of a vibe either! We wanted to open a place that would welcome everyone, from any background, from families to couples to professionals.”

Sideways is a casual dining place. The interiors are very raw and rustic. And that too wasn’t by accident. The very layout; the tables, ovens, bar, all were conceptualized by Pav himself.

The restaurant shares a quirky space on the side about the same length as the restaurant space itself, with a creative agency. This space can be booked for hosting events, meetups, private parties etc.

 Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

Recommended dishes

JALAPENO HUMMUS: FRESH MINT, WOOD FIRED ROASTED JALAPENOS, CHICKPEAS AND TAHINI

This dip was our favourite. We love Hummus and we love anything with jalapenos so this was a win-win. The hummus was smooth and delicious and we all know how hard it is to find good hummus in Singapore. The jalapeno added a kick to the flavours but wasn’t over powering. Just perfect with the pita on the side.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
Jalapeno Hummus topped our favourites list!

 AVO PESTO: FRESH MINT, CORIANDER, BASIL, FETA, AVOCADO, ALMONDS AND A LITTLE GARLIC

This is a must-try. It’s very different to the usual dips served and we had no preconceived notions about it. The avocado is serves a base but there is such an explosion of flavours once you take the second or third bite, you just keep going on, every bite is packed with flavour!

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
The Avo Pesto is a Must-Try

ROASTED EGGPLANT: WOOD FIRED ROASTED EGGPLANT, RED PEPPERS AND ONIONS WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

If you love eggplant, you will love this dish. It has a mildly smoked flavour and beats any Middle Eastern dip I have ever tried with eggplants. This was flavourful, cooked just right and very comforting.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
The Roasted Eggplant emitted a mildly smokey flavour that we loved!

All the above dishes are priced at $12, including a serving of sourdough or pita bread.

CRISPY ARTICHOKES: CHARRED WITH SWEET BALSAMIC GLAZE AND WALNUTS

Even if you aren’t a fan of artichokes, this dish will change your mind. They were tangy, done just as artichokes should be cooked and nothing like the bits you remove from your pizza topping, tangy and flavourful.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
The Crispy Artichokes were tangy and flavourful

ASPARAGUS STICKS: GRATED PECORINI, LIME AND CHILLI

Forget the asparagus you eat unwillingly as diet food. Cheese, lime and chilli added to this vegetable take the flavours to a whole new level. You will order seconds.

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
Asparagus Sticks – You will order seconds!

VEGETARIAN BRUNCH

If you’re interested in Sideways Brunch selection, they offer vegetarian options:

Spanish Eggs ($18): scrambled eggs with sage on sourdough toast, mushrooms and sprouted spicy salad

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

 

Strawberry fields ($16): cream cheese on sourdough toast, poached strawberries, pistachio and mint

 

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.
Strawberry Fields – Our Favourite Sweet Treat

Turkish Smashed Avo ($18): sourdough toast, jalapeno hummus, smashed avo, poached eggs, roasted peppers and lemon

Authentic Wood Fired Food is hard to come by. Most restaurants claim to serve wood fired but their ovens are used more for display purposes.

There are plenty of vegetarian options as this place isn’t Halal. However, great care is taken to prepare all the items separately so there is no contamination.

However, if you are a steak lover, the Sideways Rib Eye Steak is certified halal! And prepared separately to the non – Halal meat. So yay!

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri:

Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Dinner: 5.00pm -11.00pm

Sat: 11am – 11pm

Sun: 11am – 4pm

Website: www.sideways.com.sg

Phone: 62913441

Email: info@sideways.com.sg

Find out where to go if you need a bite at Marina Bay Sands. Visit our Food Pages to get many more dining options in Singapore!

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About Falak Amaar Khan

Falak Amaar Khan is a member of Team FUCHSIA, heading the Fashion section in her capacity as a fashion designer, stylist and choreographer. As a writer, Falak covers fashion, community and entertainment. This super busy mother of two is working towards supporting a cause through her work. She would also love to integrate more into the Singaporean community, and explore the island in a more realistic manner. Her motto in life? GET ON WITH IT!

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