Dining in the Central Business District in Singapore has never been easy. Coffee places rarely serve either great food or food that’s easy on the wallet. So when two former management consultants, Whey Han and Jun Chen, both with no prior food and beverage experience, decided to go into a venture together, they wanted to do something different. Their lack of experience in the F&B industry meant they genuinely brought a fresh perspective to the creation of NUDE seafood; the name reflects that the seafood is both NUtritious and DElicious. In essence, they wanted to make real food fast and put value back on the plate. As a result, the whole operation was designed to be as efficient as possible, cutting down on labour and wastage. You get high quality food, but it’s served with a speed more usually associated with a fast food restaurant – and all this at affordable prices! The menu is short and simple, and includes my all-time favourite dish, Norwegian hickory-smoked Salmon ($16), which comprises sushi-grade salmon accompanied by savoury, smoked beetroot cubes and forgotten grains. Other options include herb-grilled King Prawns ($16) and miso-grilled Seabass with quinoa ($19). There are also some chilled options such as Aburi Salmon belly with soba ($13) and Chilean Bass with somen, mushrooms, corn and egg ($16).
Jun Chen believes that food is about making people happy – and to do that, you need a happy team. By incorporating aspects of the corporate culture from Google and Apple into his team at NUDE, he is setting the bar high, hiring people with capabilities, passion, character and the ability to fit into NUDE’s culture. He’s also worked hard at creating an environment whereby team members bring out the best in each other; as a result, magic happens. The team at NUDE keep their focus on their core product (seafood), so they seek out partners to provide the best of everything else. That’s where Common Man Coffee Roasters comes in. A 2 group Synesso sits at the end of the bar counter serving their custom blend from CMCR which pairs perfectly with the seafood dishes. Even their ceramics are made by local artists which brings a certain character to the place.
It’s now been open for four months and NUDE seafood has already gained a regular following. It’s hardly possible to find a seat during lunch hour when a queue snakes all the way to the door. However, the service is fast and efficient and the line moves very quickly.
The CBD crowd will be happy to hear that a team of talented young chefs with experience in renowned restaurants like Les Amis are planning to create a separate dinner menu for those working late in the CBD.
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
01-02, Singapore 018982
(Marina MRT Station – Downdown line, or 15 min walk from Raffles Place MRT)
8am - 8pm