Say hello to Frieda!
The relatively-new restaurant located at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski Hotel is named after the only daughter of the hotel founder, and offers German fare with a touch of Austrian influence.
Frieda’s beautiful space is spread across three sections, each designed to reflect the architectural heritage of traditional German restaurants of the late 19th century.
The 11-seater Frieda’s Day Bar will suit for some light bites, best paired with ice cold German beer.
For a more intimate dinner, the cosy Frieda’s Dining Room sets the tone perfectly.
We took an immediate fancy to the Frieda’s Garden, an outdoor terrace dressed with lush greenery for that alfresco-dining feel.
It was tempting to have more of those slices of Housemade Rye Sourdough Bread ($4) or start the meal with a refreshing Frieda’s Salad ($15 full / $10 half) and comforting Beef Consomme ($15), but before I could dwell too long on it, our Platter of Grilled Sausages & Meatloaf ($54 for 2pax / $105 for 4pax) arrived at our table.
Comprising of four types of sausages and served with sauerkraut, mashed potato, pretzel dumpling, the platter was generous in portion and most ideal for sharing.
The emmentaler cheese pork sausage was my favourite of the lot with bursts of savoury cheesy goodness as I bite into the juicy sausage. Ooh….. nice!
Frieda’s Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle ($49) also came highly recommended.
A whole free-range Australian pork hind leg knuckle is washed in an ice-bath for no less than two hours, then slow-cooked in an aromatic pork stock with bay leaves, peppercorns, coves, juniper berries, garlic and onion for three hours till the meat is tender.
Its skin is then removed and baked in the oven to achieve a crispy texture. Not sure if my dining companions noticed, but I totally dig that moreish crackling and kept going for it haha.
The dish requires a preparation time of 30 minutes, so place your order early on if you intend to have it.
Both the sausage platter and pork knuckle are served with pretzel dumplings, but you can order it as an ala-carte dish as well.
Together with creamy mushroom ragout, the doughy Pretzel Dumplings ($26 full / $15 half) is substantial as a main course, and suitable for vegetarians too.
Other highlights include superbly tender Poached Wagyu Beef Brisket ($35 full / $20 half), Vienna-style Baked Chicken ($34 full / $19 half), and of course the pan-fried Veal Wiener Schnitzel ($37 full / $22 half), a traditional dish which no German establishment is complete without.
We somehow managed to save some space for desserts!
Both the Pancake Bismarck ($12) and Semolina Pudding ($12) were good options, but we unanimously agreed that the Apple Fritters ($12) was the most enjoyable.
Consisting of sliced apples dipped in batter and fried to a golden brown color, the apple fritters is served crisped and warm with sprinklings of cinnamon sugar, and also vanilla ice cream by the side. It was the perfect treat to conclude our dinner on a sweet note.
If you’re looking for an affordable lunch place in central area, Freida offers very value-for-money Set Lunch Menu at $15++ for 2-course, and $19++ for 3-course.
Any time is the best time to indulge in those yummy German sausages and apple fritters.
Address: Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, #01-87 & #01-K1-K2, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Contact: +65 6715 6873
Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 12pm-3pm & Dinner 6pm-10:30pm (last dinner service at 21:30pm)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.