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Featuring Meat n' Chill, The Communal Place, The Wine & Gourmet Friends, Kucina Italian Restaurant
Justin Cyp
Justin Cyp

Quite possibly the best Italian Food I’ve had in a while. It was my first time in KINEX and of all the nearby restaurants and foodstalls packed into the basement floor, nothing else smelled quite as good or delivered on its obligation to provide quality food as this shop.

My partner and I had the Pescatora with squid ink chitarra and La Barca Funghi E Tartufo for mains. And dayum, did it leave an impression. The pasta sauce was so smooth and well incorporated with the pasta. And the pizza, the sauce to bread ratio was perfect, it was crispy outside while soft and fluffy inside.

While the dessert and appetizer offerings did not leave as strong of an impression as the mains, they were definitely solid contenders. The Arancini Siciliani was certainly a unique dish rarely seen elsewhere in Singapore. And the Tiramisu was a textbook example of a well-made dessert. Defo a place to return to once things go back to normal

A nice cozy shop tucked in a little corner of town, my partner and I got the 3-course lunch set there. They gave an entire small wheel of Truffle Camembert cheese as part of the appetizer for a $30 lunch set, if that ain’t great value I don’t know what is. We also had the Chicken Ballotine and Beef Linguine, which were tasty with an asian twist that I can’t exactly place. But it tastes like really good Zhi Char.

While my partner and I went there expecting kind of a conventional western meal, we were pleasantly surprised at the fusion Singaporean twist the dishes had. Certainly worth considering if you're looking for something a little adventurous, but less-so if you're bent on an authentic western experience. Overall an excellent fusion meal with good value for money!

For a place that is supposedly a steak and ribs restaurant, it does a mean dessert. Baked apple dishes often have the problem of undercoooking their apples or making them too sour.

The cobbler was crunchy, sweet and juicy, it had none of the common pitfalls encountered by apple based desserts. Well done Meat n' Chill, very cool.

Ordered Items:
- Thicc Burger
- Mentaiko Foie Gras Pasta
- Pancake Trio

Taste:
In general, food was well prepared and portion sizes were reasonable. Burger was especially juicy, although the cheese and sauce (or lack thereof) lacked acidity to balance out the flavors, the ample amounts of cheese and juicy patty (it's crazy how much moisture it retained despite it's deep and crispy sear) more than made up for that made for a positively "😩👌💦" burger experience.

The pasta was delicious with a wonderfully complex and rich emulsified sauce, though overall it was a little bit on the fatty side due to the foie gras pushing it into gelat territory, I'd recommend something lighter if you're choosing to eat pasta there.

Pancakes were thick and fluffy with a lightly crisp evenly browned exterior, not much to say, they were well made. Condiments and fruits made for a nice addition of heterogeneity to the dish.

I've placed scale bars in each photo so you can decide for yourself if you'll be full when you walk out.

Value:
Burger was on the pricey side for a sandwich at $20 ($23 courting the truffle fries upgrade).
Pasta $23 was quite worth considering they placed a sizable chunk of foie gras + the really thick & complex sauce.
Pancakes; I mean it's pancakes with fruit, syrup and butter. $16 is a little on the steep side, but you pay for the quality and presentation too.
Bearing in mind this is a relatively posh area prices will tend to be more than your usual neighborhoods, so these prices aren't unexpected.

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