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If you are one of the few unaware of this awesome restaurant in Little India which boasts a wood-fired brick oven made from scratch, then it's time!

Sideways​ is a wood-fired themed restaurant that serves artisan breads and fresh produce baked in a wood-fire brick oven forged by the hands of chef/owner and serial entrepreneur, ​Pav Khialani , most recently of  the now closed The Hangar (due to landlord disputes) and his partner in crime Giulia Cian Seren. 

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With less than 60 days left in 2019, Giulia and Pav have been brainstorming ways to close the year on a high. That's why they are launching a special set menu, created exclusively for year-end team celebrations.

The Festive Set Menu is available at Sideways every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 31/12/2019 and it's the perfect way to celebrate for teams of 6-20 people.

Here is an example of the 2019 Festive Set Menu starting with entree of Homemade pumpkin gnocchi with melted parmigiano and bacon or the Smoky eggplant, jalapeno hummus, avo pesto dips with sourdough and focaccia.

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For mains you will delight in a communal dining feats of Smoked lamb ribs, Smoked pork belly and Smoked beef ribs served with Smoked bell peppers carpaccio, Spicy potatoes, Charred asparagus and Crispy artichokes.

End on a sweet note with Sideways’ style apple cake with fresh cream. All this for just $60+ per person 

Advance booking of at least 2 days is required, and best of all, Giulia and Pav are thrilled to extend a complimentary prosecco bottle to anyone from their mailing list who brings their team down.

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Choose between a $60 festive set: 3-course meal ( outlined above) or for a more substancial celebration, enjoy the $85 festive set: 3-course meal with small batch wine pairing. 

For more menu information and booking enquiries call +65 6291 3441 or email Giulia at [email protected]

Sideways

Sideways is nestled in the heart of one of Singapore’s heritage trails along Little India and Jalan Besar. The unassuming shophouse—once a school —is now decked in famous street art, which starkly contrasts its bricked interiors.

It is this eclectic combination that won the hearts of Singapore-born, Melbourne-raised Pav, and Italian Giulia Cian Seren.“I really love the neighbourhood for its colours, vitality and energy!” said Giulia, co-owner of Sideways.

“These handsomely restored conservation areas tucked away from high-rise buildings and high-end shops really makes you feel like you’re ​in Singapore. We just felt in our hearts it’ll be really cool to have a woodfired restaurant added to the mix.”  

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The main looker at Sideways is their four feet wide wood-fired brick oven which was made from scratch by Pav. It was during the time when he started ​The Hangar​—a Melbourne-style cafe and bar that was located along Arab Street before it was forced to close down earlier in 2019 die to a landlord dispute - which we tend to hear alot of lately in Singapore—that Pav’s passion for baking artisan breads fuelled his curiosity for exploring this traditional technique. “We used refractory bricks which are perfect for keeping the heat in,” explained Pav.

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“At The Hangar, we baked our sourdough loaves, ciabatta, and burger buns in an electric steam oven, which is great, but we thought it would be really cool to ​revert to the old methods of baking​, and giving our breads a whole new dimension to its taste and texture—something you can’t replicate with an electric oven.”

“People really like our ideas and the hard work we put into it,” added Giulia. The result is unpretentious food made fresh on the spot over open fire—crusty bread with an airy centre, charcoal-kissed steaks, and beautifully caramelised vegetables.

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Nduja & Burrata toast - the best selling brunch main, sourdough toast, nduja (spicy salami spread), burrata, poacahed eggs, basil and lemon  

With such dedication that goes into the cooking vessel, you can be sure the food is nothing short of mundane. Be spoiled for choice with ingenious takes on comfort woodfired dishes like ​garlic shrimps, Spanish smoked pork belly and bone marrow as well as eclectic dishes like the Talagani with figs, white-wine roasted artichokes and cauliflower steak with beetroot tahini.  

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“You won’t find your grandma’s ​ragù or anything you normally see in Italian or Greek restaurants; but we believe in the integrity of the ingredients, hence, came up with simple dishes that are full in flavour, and go well with bread and ​vino" explains Giulia.

Sideways also offers a rotating selection of five crafts beers sourced from Germany, Australia, the US and the UK, pulled from a custom-made tap system for those looking to knock back a couple of cold ones.  

One Small Step Sideways, A Giant Leap for the Community

Sideways aspires to make their mark in protecting the environment by paying attention to their actions. Apart from stainless-steel straws used in-house, Sideways is also growing some of their herbs and vegetables on the roof, and as much as they can, composting organic wastes.

The name Sideways defines both owners’ approach to their imaginative concepts; from the rustic interiors with modern touches, to dishes prepared ​à la minute in a home-made, wood-fire brick oven, Sideways is the brainchild of their lateral thought processes.

“In Australia, to get "sideways" also refers to one getting tipsy, and we thought it might be something funny to share since we’re all here for good company, good food, and a good selection of craft beers and wines.” Pav playfully added. “Australians will surely get it, while everyone else will just think it’s a really cool name" 

A. 109 Rowell Road 208033 E. [email protected] W. www.sideways.com.sg

 

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7.5
Denise McCann WOW
CONTRIBUTOR
7 comments
26 November 2019
ROCK STAR GREETING The location and feel of Sideways certainly ticks off all the things I love. Situated amongst Singapore’s heritage trails between Little India and Jalan Besar, Sideways has a New York style industrial interior on a European-esq laneway. Oh and a magnificent mural on the wall of the laneway outside. WOW MOMENTS The hero of the entire space is the wood fired oven. The smell of the wood burning reminds me of a wintery fireplace that is complimented with a glass of red in hand. More like what you’d expect in Melbourne, not Singapore! Owners Guilia and Pav are so passionate about their wood fired oven, they have designed a delicious menu where everything is either wood fired, smoked, grilled, roasted or blackened in that beast! They swear by there being “no marketing mumbo jumbo here” and love being known as “The Wood Fire People” All the dishes are shared: smoked lamb ribs, slow roasted pork belly, chargrilled rib-eye served with steamed bell peppers, spicy potatoes, charred asparagus and crispy charred artichokes with the most delicious (and more-ish) balsamic reduction. WOW WINE SERVICE A fabulous wine list made up of only Australian wines have been affectionately paired with their wood fired menu. Our Festive Set Menu called for a Pikes Hills & Valleys Riesling 2018, followed by a Pepik Pinot Noir 2018 and finished on the Cape Barren McLaren Vale Old Vine Shiraz Reserve Release 2015. Pikes Riesling is amongst Australia’s best Riesling. I find it very difficult not to order it whenever I see it on a menu. The winery is situation in the Polish Hill sub region of South Australia’s Clare Valley – head office of Australian Riesling!! Pinot Noir from Tasmania is always amazing and one if its signature varieties, together with Chardonnay. Josef Chromy Wines produce an informal range of wines affectionately known as Pepik (which apparently is the traditional nickname given to men named Josef in the Czech Republic). Cape Barren Old Vine Shiraz from McLaren Vale is a beautiful expression of Shiraz grapes from 85 year old and 120 year old vines. Always pleases. RECOMMENDATION If you love the smell and taste of oven smoked meats and vegetables and you’re looking for a unique and intimate (it seats 20) way to get festive this Christmas, then make a booking now to feast on their newly launched Festive Set Menu.
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Kylie
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25 November 2019
We visited Sideways to try their Festive Set Menu, which is great for year end parties of 6 and above. My senses were heightened when I first walked in to the restaurant due to the smell of the wood fired oven, which made me feel warm, not literally, and at home. We were greeted by the lovely Giulia who explained how the set menu would work, so we were excited to get started. For the first course we had the homemade pumpkin gnocchi with melted parmigiano and bacon, now who doesn’t like melt in your mouth gnocchi, bacon and cheese, it’s a match made in heaven. Plus we had the smokey eggplant dip with sourdough, which was so soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. We then moved on to mains which was a selection of 3 meats that are all smoked - pork belly, lamb ribs and beef, all of which have been slow roasted overnight so are succulently tender. Now, whilst I liked all of the meat dishes, my favourite was the lamb ribs that just fell off the bone. Oh and you must try the reduced balsamic glaze, it was delicious and accompanied the beef superbly. The meat is paired with spicy potato’s, charred asparagus and pesto, and crispy artichokes lightly drizzled with that to die for balsamic glace. Last but definitely not least, we were treated to a delicious dessert, a gluten free chocolate brownie topped with slivered almonds and choc mint ice cream. Seriously there was complete silence at the table as the brownie was gobbled up. All of this for just $60 ++ I absolutely love that everything we ate was made in-house. All in all, it was a loving evening with a buzzy vibe and only located a quick 5min walk from Jalan Baser mrt.
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Richard
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831 comments
25 November 2019
WOW! First time in a long time that I was speechless! Soon as you walk into this hidden gem of a place in Little India you are succumb by the smokiness of the wood fried oven working away it's magic! It's rustic decor and very stylish interior was intimate and very cozy for dining either in a group or for a lovely couples date night for two! We started with the pumpkin gnocchi with melted parmigiano and bacon or the smoky eggplant, jalapeno hummus, pesto dips with sourdough and focaccia. ! For mains we had the smoked lamb ribs, smoked pork belly and smoked beef ribs served with smoked bell peppers carpaccio, spicy potatoes, charred asparagus and crispy artichokes. All homemade and super delicious! A fantastic communal dining concept. I asked what wine would compliment the food we were about to eat and all wines they sell were purposely chosen to compliment. Plus all from Australia and not necessarily the big brand names, but family owned. They also do a pizza night on the last Wednesday of the month! What more do you want from a genuine wood fried oven! I wouldn't miss that for the world. Sideways aspires to make their mark in protecting the environment by paying attention to their actions. Apart from stainless-steel straws used in-house, Sideways is also growing some of their herbs and vegetables on the roof, and as much as they can, composting organic wastes. So there it is! Don't miss out on this fabulous dining experience and go check out Sideways with family or friends!
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Yvonne
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22 November 2019
Holy Smoke! Unorthodox restaurant Sideways at Little India gets me all smoked up! If you are like me, where whiffs of wood smoke wafting from the kitchen warrants a thorough culinary investigation, look no further than Sideways - a little unassuming gem of a spot at Rowell Road in Little India. This small cozy restaurant is certainly unique. From its homemade brick oven to it’s specially curated menu of roasted meats, vegetables, dips, artisanal pizzas and sourdough bread - Sideways truly offers an interesting perspective to casual dining in Singapore. The menu is communal with sharing platters and Mediterranean mezze style small bites. Start your meal with some interesting appetisers and dips, all served with their homemade sourdough bread, I highly recommend their delightfully peckish smoked eggplant and pepper dip and crispy grilled artichokes. Unlike many places in Singapore that serve up American style smokehouse BBQ sauced, dry-rubbed slathered smoked meats, Sideways approaches it European style with simple seasonings that allow the smoke and meat to fire up your appetite. Mains such as roasted pork belly are left to smoke overnight in the oven, rendering it lip-smackingly luscious, juicy and melt-in-your-mouth. So are the rosemary Angus ribeye with balsamic reduction and Australian lamb ribs, smoked to perfection to bring out the natural meat flavours. Accompany your mains with some impeccably grilled, al dente, thick speared asparagus with pesto sauce, roasted spicy potatoes in ginger, garlic, turmeric and coriander seasoning, and sweet red peppers. It is unfussy and so delicious. Pair the food with drinks. From cocktails to craft beers and wines, Sideways has ensured that the smoke is not far from the fire. Owner Giulia Cian Seren personally hand-picks the selection and is enthusiastic about explaining her choice. So be sure to ask for recommendations. For a casual dining spot with unpretentious food and drinkies, get away from the big smoke and head down to Sideways in Little India.
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Sylvia
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21 November 2019
Walking in to Sideways I felt like I was in Melbourne. With very rustic décor, it gave me a down-to-earth feeling brimming with a home-style personal touch. With it’s very own built woodfire oven, Sideways is the place to go if you are a foodie. With a combo of Pav who was raised in Melbourne and Italian co-owner Giulia, everything is put together with deliberate thought. Cosy and intimate, Sideways seats up to 20 people. A perfect spot for year-end parties and team dinners. For $60+ per person Sideways’ Festive Set Menu offers a perfect blend of a three course meal. Wine pairing is available for those who love a good drop with their meal as Sideways boast a fabulous all Australian wine list. Sourced from small wineries around Australia, they are reasonably priced and of excellent quality. I tried the Pikes Hills & Valleys Riesling, a Clare Valley stunner. Great to start the night and a perfect accompaniment to the pumpkin gnocchi made in house with sage, bacon and parmigiano which was truly to die for. The taste of fresh sage that runs through this dish coupled with the freshness of gnocchi made in house is hard to find anywhere else. A great start to any festive meal I dare say! Being Miss Variety myself I love having a bite of everything that is served. Usually I am the one seen picking at friends’ plates to have a taste of what they have ordered. In this instance, Sideways serves three meats of lamb, beef and pork all grilled in the woodfire oven, so pick into everything I did! Such an extraordinary, definitive taste when the smoky flavours come through each dish. For diners who prefer a lighter red, the Pepik Pinot Noir was a great intermediary to the full bodied Cape Barren Old Vine Shiraz that is the dominant varietal of the McLaren Vale region. These reds paired well with the meats and their accompaniments. A spicy curried potato, chargrilled asparagus with a stunning pesto sauce and crispy artichokes, unveiled as amazing condiments to the grilled meats served. So delicious that our pack of six devoured every morsel - a sign of how good every dish was! I forgot to say that the woodfire bread I had with a red pepper, eggplant and onion dip was sweet to the palette. So easy to eat - this is the danger of any restaurant when the bread served is delicious. My greatest weakness as I love good bread! By the time I had a bit of everything served I thought I was completely stuffed. But as the old saying goes when a good dessert arrives the body somehow makes space for it. To top it all the chocolate brownie, so chewy and scrumptious with a mint flavor was the perfect end to a superbly put together festive menu. Book in soon if you are a pack of 6 to 20 pax as Sideways sells out fast. Vegetarian options are also available so just mention the numbers you need when you make a booking. If you don’t know where to go this Season go Sideways!
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