The Parlour Mirage at Owen Road brings music, food, and local art together under one enclave

Interior (PHOTO: The Parlour Mirage)
Interior (PHOTO: The Parlour Mirage)

SINGAPORE — The Parlour Mirage at Owen Road prides itself as a craft beer taproom and restaurant that takes liberal and creative inspiration from its sister counterpart over in Seoul, Korea. They join PeraMakan, The Bakehaus, and Old Hen Kitchen, renowned stalwarts of the F&B scene in Singapore who also call Owen Road home.

The Parlour Mirage is the brainchild of The Music Parlour Singapore, a music recording and jamming studio located at Singapore’s CBD where musicians of all proficiency come together for worry-free jamming as well as serving as space for fellow like-minded individuals to come together for a spot of inspiration.

Whereas The Parlour serves as a creative powerhouse for music production, Mirage aims to be an artist hub that brings together aspects of musicianship, entrepreneurship, and food together in a three-storey shophouse, modelled after Japan’s Tottori desert and its beige dunes. Mirage also houses craft beers from various places around the world that are designed to suit a range of drinkers from beginners to connoisseurs.

Yakitori Skewers (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)
Yakitori Skewers (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)

Here, the kitchen doles out skewers of Yakitori cooked over charcoal for a satisfying snack to pair with their rotation of craft beers. The flavours range from the expected—Pork Belly, Scallops, Quail Eggs—to the more exotic—Okra and Hokubee beef cubes. These are sized for the easiest and fastest of consumption, so if you find yourself wanting more, you won’t go wrong with the BYO Platter (S$48) that comes with a selection of eight Yakitoris and three sides or dips.

There is also two Chef’s Choice platter up for choosing. Chef’s Choice 1 (S$18) comes with four Yakitori skewers and two sides or dips—Chicken Thigh, Pork Belly, Eggplant, and Tsukune. Chef’s Choice 2 (S$28), on the other hand, contains all of the pricier skewer selections with a choice of two sides or dips—Scallops, Hokubee Beef Cubs, Chicken Thigh, and Oyster Mushroom.

Hokubee Beef Don (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)
Hokubee Beef Don (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)

For a meal that fully satiates, diners can choose from their extensive selection of Donburi. The Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Don (S$16) makes for a good choice for its familiarity. At the same time, the Yuzu Miso Salmon Don (S$20) is a stand out option for its acidic-citrus balance of Yuzu Miso Glaze with a fillet of Salmon.

Fried Nori Egg Tofu (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)
Fried Nori Egg Tofu (PHOTO: Zat Astha/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)

From the sharing menu, save some space for the Fried Nori Egg Tofu (S$13), a Mirage original of a battered seaweed and egg tofu, fried and served with bright wasabi mayo. I’ve heard rave reviews of their Furikake Fries (S$10) too which comes with Japanese seaweed, sesame, spring onion, and mayo, though, in my opinion, is too approachable a sharing plate and a little too on-the-nose of a pairing with beers.

If you find yourself in the area and looking for a place to unwind and satiate the appetite, you won’t go wrong with the offerings at The Parlour Mirage. Far from merely existing as a space strictly for musicians, The Parlour Mirage has, in some ways, worked towards creating an enclave that welcomes not just creatives, but people who love food that is quick, easy, and approachable.

Website | 140 Owen Rd, S218940

Daily: 12pm – 10.30pm

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