Sunday, September 22

Food Review: Durian Lingers

So every now and then I’ll be posting food reviews. Not necessarily restaurant reviews, as there is plenty of great food in Singapore which you won’t find in a wine and dine setting. Additionally when it comes to food I care very little for d├ęcor, ambience or presentation. I've been too many fine dining restaurants which served mediocre food, at exorbitant prices, for me to care about that any more. Obviously these features can add to the overall experience, but it’s the icing on the cake per se. At the end of the day I'm focused on the taste. So without further or do, here is the first 'review'.

Cuisine: Fruit
Price: $20 per person
Location: 833 Bukit Timah Road, Royal Ville, 279887
Website: N/A

If you haven’t heard of durian then a primer is order. Durian is a fruit native to South East Asia (Malaysia primarily). The skin is covered in thick spikes with the edible portion; the flesh, surrounding large seeds.It has an extremely pungent smell, to the point that it is often banned from public transport and taxis. To some the smell and taste is delectable, to others it reminds them of animal shit. It’s a love or hate it fruit.

So despite Singapore’s proximity to the largest producer of durian in the world, it can be rather hard to purchase and find yourself eating durian at home. Enter Durian Lingers, a fruit shop that specialises in durian, which you can eat right on the premises  They have at least half a dozen varieties ranging from $20-40/kg. I chose one on the cheaper side, which came to $30. Outside the shop itself are a few stools and tables. Its not fancy but it was serviceable  As we sat on some stools outside the shop, the owner cleaved the fruit and left us to eat it.

I was suitably impressed. Obviously I'm one of those that loves durian. It has a delicious creamy texture with an indescribably sweet and inviting smell. I ate it like a child, getting durian flesh all over my hands and face. I could quite happily eat 2-3 durians. Expensive but something I would love to do more often. 

While the 'dining' environment was as basic as you could get, the durian itself was excellent as was the stores other range of fruits. If you are struggling to find a place to eat fresh durian, this is the place to go.