I’ve seen chef Rishi Naleendra’s work grow through the years. I first knew of him when I visited MACA, gosh that was a long time ago, I think 5 years ago, when I was impressed by the usage of some funky ingredients in the dishes.
Then came Cheek by Jowl, serving to reinforce my impression of this chef.
And while Cloudstreet is not brand new (opened over a year ago), I dined there for the very 1st time couple of weeks ago.
It was great! Still showing off an innovative spin to his trademark Australia meets Sri Lanka cuisine, the $198 per person degustation is one of the most creative out there.
Here’s what went down:
While the food itself is worth heading to Cloudstreet for, I must say chef Rishi and team have upped their service game several notches. From the time you walk in, you’re made to feel very welcome, the sommelier is very helpful, and the rest of the team, friendly as well.
A Tale of Two Restaurants along Amoy Street
At this point, I really must tell you about the tale of two restaurants along the same Amoy street. Both Michelin-starred, both serving a degustation menu of the same price, both under the esteemed Unlisted Collection group but what a difference in service and innovativeness in the cuisine.
Anyway, asides from the amazing food, just to highlight how Cloudstreet delighted us. We were there to celebrate a key milestone, but we didn’t mention what it was and were certainly not expecting anything, but still, the team served us this adorable treat.
Such a contrast with Basque Kitchen and how they did nothing at all despite having mentioned both during the booking and then, casually at the end of the meal, that we were celebrating a 50th birthday. Not to mention the uninspired food that we had.
So if you’re wondering where to spend that $198 along Amoy Street, choose Cloudstreet for its exciting cuisine and impeccable service.