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Scallop w/ Uni $18 The cramped and cosy 13-seater interior reminded me of neighbourhood sake bars in Tokyo, but the less than ideal air conditioning and heat from the kitchen certainly didn't make for comfortable dining. Luckily the carafes of cold sake went someway in providing relief from the warmth. Food here is tasty in general but otherwise very average. We enjoyed the scallops and asparagus bathed in a seafood-y cream sauce, as well as the cheap $3 otoshis(compulsory appetisers) of potato salad, liver pate, bread and baby anchovies. I would feel more inclined to return if the air conditioning situation was improved. Taste: 3.5/5
Jason
8w
This needs no introduction. Lunch Bara-Chirashi at @bistrodulepin is perhaps the highlight of any weekday soirée on Orchard Road. At $14 a bowl, I am hard pressed to find a similar quality, hearty meal than this one; comes with a miso prawn soup.
Traveling
26w
Gotta exclaim that the 9-course Omakase dinner here was a real good value and quality for the $70. Situated in old Orchard Plaza, this is just a small establishment with confined space, giving one the same feel like that in Japan itself. Not as obvious from its name, it is actually Japanese fused with French influences. And the result was a Japanese dining experience with surprises in taste. That explained why the meal started with appetisers with cream cheese, liver pâté and burrata cheese. On top of the more typical but fresh items like Hiroshima oyster and Anago sushi, we were intrigued by their other items done very differently. Their sashimi was served with an interesting miso-peanut butter like sauce which gave it an awesome flavour, we’ll-complemented with crispy garlic chips and wasabi. The fried tuna was served with a tartar-like toppjng that went well with the deep-fried tuna. The meal was no lacking in premium ingredients, with black cod, king crab, Kagoshima beef and Uni. The black cod was well-executed and flavoured with a plum-pesto sauce, special and delicious. The king crabs were done tempura style and served with also an unique orange ginger sauce. Biting into those well-marbled juicy beef was just heavenly. And the meal definitely ended on a high note with the yummy angel hair pasta topped with Uni and generous portion of Ikura. By the end of the meal, we felt absolutely satisfied, with the good deal, quantity and quality of the food. We would recommend to add on a sake or wine to make the experience an even better one. Due to its space and popularity, early reservation will be a necessity to avoid any disappointment.
I makan
28w
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Yoghurt Jelly W/ Blueberries, Part Of Weekday Set Lunch ($25) To silence the call of our dessert stomach, we were offered yoghurt jelly with fresh blueberries. Light, refreshing and a good end to a heavy meal. I can finally see why there’s so much buzz about this place; from sharing a long table with other guests to idly watching the chef bumble about in his element, the whole session is an intimate dining experience that will undoubtedly keep one coming back.
Eunice
1y
Carbonara W/ Pasta Made In House, Bacon And Grated Parmesan. Part Of Weekday Lunch Set ($25) For the main, we got carbonara! The creamy pasta, touched by swirls of olive oil and covered first in crisp, juicy bacon, then a smattering of grated Parmesan was divine. On the first bite, I’d think even the most errr gastronomically-challenged person can intuitively tell that the pasta is made in-house; each strand is highly irregular, with a dense floury texture that is a welcome change from the mass-produced smoothness that we’re so used too! Coupled with the generous portion, we were surprisingly stuffed by the end!
Eunice
1y
Finally Dining At This Conclave!!! Went For Chef Javier’s Weekday 3-Course Set Lunch ($25) What better way to end a week than with a meticulously prepared meal by one very talented individual at this cosy hole-in-the-wall restaurant? Still can’t believe impatient me actually managed to wait a MONTH to dine here...but I guess it made the lunch all the more satisfying😚 For starters, we were served a charcuterie plate comprising champagne ham, pâté (made with ground pork, cognac and pistachio) and a hunk of focaccia. The cold cuts did whet my appetite but what stole the show really was dat thick, doughy, chewy lightly oiled focaccia with a consistency true to European bread - I could almost taste the blood, sweat and TLC put into kneading and baking it (figuratively ofc, no one likes the taste of sweat). Next time I go, please serve me a whole basket’s worth ok?😉
Eunice
1y
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A Modern Take On The “Hotteok” ($16++) H O S T E D Whatever you do, don’t skip desserts at Kimme. Head Chef Louis’ style of “Progressive Korean” cuisine has him channeling his heritage all the way through the menu, so you will have sure-win choices for happy endings to your meal. If you have space for something a little more substantial, his reinterpreted Hotteok is an excellent choice. The traditional Korean sweet pancake is very popular in the winter for obvious reasons. Chef Louis presents it piping hot with some gula melaka, a scoop of housemade walnut ice-cream and mixed seeds. They come together to complement the Hotteok’s chewy texture—similar to that of a slightly dense mochi—very nicely. My friend Annette and I were stuffed as it was the last of the three desserts to arrive. Yet we inhaled it, which pretty much tells you exactly how good this was.
Veronica
9w
Wagyu Bulgogi Tataki ($22++) H O S T E D My favourite beef dish of the night was this take on the classic Bulgogi. The marinated Wagyu rump had been charcoal grilled, then blowtorched for the fat to melt so it was fabulously juicy. The sliced steak was then topped with piquant bell peppers that had been sautéed in vinegar for a lift of acidity, and fresh Mizuna drizzled with a little sesame oil. The flavour combination was sublime.
Veronica
9w
Korean Fusion Birthday Treat 🥰 Food was absolutely on point with the fusion done right! The accompanying sauce for the sashimi was splendid, and the makgeoli sobert in the bingsu was really unique!
Seah
10w
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Spit-Roasted Chicken My colleague and I decided to pop by Chico Loco for lunch since we have not tried it before. The Chicken Combo Lunch Special comes with spit-roasted chicken ($23 for half, $16 for quarter), coleslaw and a choice of fries or rice. The roasted chicken is surprisingly good - it is flavourful, tender and juicy, and it goes very well with the creamy and slightly acidic Chimichurri yoghurt sauce that we picked from a selection of 5 sauces. The coleslaw consists of green papaya, cabbage, macadamia, mint and chilli, and for some reason, it has a garlicky kick and reminds me of chicken rice. The fries go very well with the spicy chipotle mayo dip as well. We also ordered Chips & Guac ($7) to share, which came with a generous portion of guacamole. Overall, the atmosphere of the fast-casual Mexican restaurant is great, the food is good and the prices are reasonable. Till the next visit!
Gladys
33m
Hot Mexican Mocha One of my fav versions of mocha ever bc this is a real unique rendition of the drink 🤩!! Slightly spicy n v chocolatey, I rly love the balance of flavours n gotta say Chico is pretty generous w the amt of dranks too. Would order again
Victoria
1w
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger The chicken was HUGE, definitely could be shared amongst two small eaters! Very generous portions. Though I regret to say that the chicken seasoning was not my top choice, this is just my own preference. The burger was very nicely filled with lettuce, cucumber and jalapeños... and I love jalapeños in my burgers! Chicken was juicy and the buns were toasted perfectly. I ordered with burpple’s 1-for-1, so I got a side (corn) and a drink (pear) as well. Both were alright. My friend got the rice and its good. Great place to chill after work!
Emily
2w
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