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“It says it's a cocktail place.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Naked Finn

Naked Finn
41 Malan Road, Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #422 of 7,399 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Seafood
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“It says it's a cocktail place.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

So that's what it is. Go for drinks and to chill out but not to get a full dinner.

The Good:
The drinks are good and creative. The food is admittedly very nicely done. Perfectly grilled and fresh. The madagascar vanilla ice cream in guinness is truly a stroke of genius. Get a bit of finger food to go with it and you will be a happy person.

The Bad:
It bills itself as a no frills place that serves quality seafood for good value. No frills it is, and the seafood is of good quality but the portions are somewhat small and not really what I consider "value". It's frankly a little pricey for the (small) portions they serve. Ordered the full menu for 2 (for the wife and I) and was still a bit hungry until I polished off ALL of the vermicelli.

Comments on the individual dishes:

Vermicelli- This was surpringly tasty. Fill yourself up with it because the rest of dinner will leave you hungry

Grilled squid- Very tasty and grilled to perfection. But really? would it have taken that much more effort to remove the innards?

Clams in white wine sauce- Again very yummy- but a bit small as a portion for 2. I spent dinner wondering if they had forgotten the second bowl.

Scallop- Yes. ONE scallop ( per person). Very good very yummy.. but one scallop?? Again spent dinner wondering if they had forgotten to give us the second portion.

African "lobster"- This is a prawn. A very large prawn, but still a prawn. Maybe in terms of taxonomy it's correctly a lobster, but my unenlightened brain (that expected a lobster) was not impressed when I was served this. It was again very nicely done, which was its saving grace.

Barramundi- I'm not sure about this dish. The skin was very crispy and nicely done- but the flesh felt very slightly mushy. I'm very sensitive to the freshness of fish so maybe I'm being picky ( my wife felt it was just fine) but I'm not ordering this again.

All in all a good experience, but I wont be be back for dinner. Possibly for drinks and a plate of that grilled squid.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Truly outstanding seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

If the Michelin guide ever deigns to review Singapore restaurants, The Naked Finn will be one of those that truly deserves a star. The seafood here is outstanding. It's incredibly fresh and the owner, Ken Loon, and his team, truly understand their seafood. They are diligent and passionate about quality and they know how to eke out the flavour from the seafood without masking it with rich cloying sauces. I noticed the reviewers who gave The Naked Finn an average or low grade seemed to think the food was bland and expensive. Far from it. If you appreciate good fresh quality seafood, you will understand that the pricing is justified. Yes, they adopt a simpler style of cooking (often just grilling or frying their fish in olive oil or unsalted butter) and they give you a selection of sauces to eat your seafood with, but that doesn't mean their seafood is bland. To the contrary, their style of cooking really brings out the very essence of the seafood.

My favourite dishes so far are the turbot, the barramundi, the squid, the bamboo clams and the African lobster. I only wish they would bring back their Teochew-style pomfret but alas, because they have difficulty keeping the pomfret fresh for more than two days, it has been taken off the menu.

The bee hoon (vermicelli) which is their equivalent of the bread basket is also very addictive. You won't be able to stop at one bowl.

Another speciality of The Naked Finn is their cocktails which are original concoctions by the owner and his team. I love all their fruit based cocktails (in particular the Kyoho grape, the lychee and the kalamansi ones) and their newest one using Thai Iced Tea and vodka is like drinking an alcoholic Thai ice tea slushy - absolutely delicious. The reviewer who lamented about their "expensive beer" clearly missed the point when he or she came here.

Their dessert list is short but what is a must-try is their creme brûlée. Outstanding. The vanilla ice cream with Guiness stout and creme de mure and fresh blackberries is also delicious.

I'm now just waiting for them to start their brunch menu. I'm sure it'll be amazing too.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“'No Stodge'”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Went to eat at Naked Finn last night, perhaps we had not done our research very thoroughly, it does do what it says on the tin. But we were slightly disappointed by the dishes, lack of sauces, and lack of complimentary side dishes. If you want fish cooked on a plate this is the place, the fish especially the barramundi was excellent. But if you are after nice tasting sauces, moules et frites, new potatoes and an array of salad and veg to go with your meal go elsewhere. It made us chcukle when a McDonalds delivery man turned up with a meal for a kid eating with his parents!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Straight Up Great Seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you're looking for seafood plain and simple then Naked Finn is the place for you. The place is pretty much exactly what it says, great seafood, served simply and skillfully at an affordable price. That isn't to say that it is cheap but neither is it exorbitantly expensive as it could be considering the quality of the ingredients. I personally went with a friend and ordered the set for 2 which priced at $158, got us 2 sides and 5 seafood dishes consisting of fish, squid, scallops, clams and langoustines all of which were delicious. It was both ample and delicious to say the least.

Anyways Naked Finn gets 4 stars as the cocktails were a slight letdown considering the price. They weren't bad at all but priced at $18 per cocktail on average one expects a bit more in terms of serving and presentation. Also personally for all the delicious seafood I found that the place was slightly one dimensional which although obviously the chefs intention, left me a bit wanting as I tend to be the type that looks for a more complete meal. However, that is a personal preference and if amazing seafood is what youre looking for in a nice casual setting then there is no reason why you shouldn't drop by Naked Finn.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Pure taste! Less truly is more!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have visited this restaurant twice! The food is super fresh, and prepared to present the real taste of the high class ingredients! The best is to just chose one of the menus hat are proposed and add to them! Make sure though that you taste the American lobster! And the NZ pinot gris is very good!
They don't charge any service fee which means that you need to fetch your water yourself and go inside to place and pay your order upfront. But the service is otherwise very accommodating.
The restaurant "building" is as naked as the name. It looks like an ice cube with walls of transparent plastic. The floor is pure concrete. I do prefer to sit outside in something that feels like a garden, although it is not.
I highly recommend!

Visited May 2013
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