Opened in early 2016 and awarded a Michelin star just eighteen months later, Cheek by Jowl (a reference to the close working relationship of husband and wife team, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo) is a Modern Australian restaurant in Singapore’s Telok Ayer neighbourhood where hints of various culinary cultures come together on the same plate with electrifying results. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Rishi moved to Australia to study architecture, but one transformative taste of chicken liver parfait at a local Melbourne café changed everything and proved to be the catalyst for a distinguished career in the kitchens of some of Australia’s most renowned restaurants (Taxi Dining Room, Tetsuya’s and Yellow). These days, dishes like his raw beef salad of dry-aged Wagyu, maple butter, Brussels sprouts and macadamia reflect Rishi’s diverse and distinctive style, while Manuela’s pairings of organic and biodynamic wines highlight the couple’s beliefs in sustainability and naturalism.

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Please note, due to the communal nature of our dining room we can only accept bookings of up to 12 guests per group. For bigger bookings, please call us on 020 7487 5564.