Monday, 7 September 2015

Singa-eats 4: Curious Palette (Review)

Curious Palette just opened along Prinsep Street a few months ago. Having seen a few lovely photos of their waffles and upon knowing of the fact that they stock truffle sweet potato fries, I decided to visit this curious establishment to check out their food and catch up with some friends.

64 Prinsep Street

We ordered some mains & sides to share but ufortunately, their waffles seems to be the best part of the menu despite spending more than $30 per pax there today. Pricey, definitely. I also ordered a glass of Gewurztraminer ($9), usually a lovely wine with an addictively fragrant bouquet but the one they had was only meh. On the bright side, $9 for wine is relatively cheap, but unfortunately not the most value-for-money.

 Waffles with Poached Pears & Walnut Crumble ($13.90)
If I ever wanted to visit Curious Palette, it would definitely be for their buttermilk waffles. The waffle was well cooked (not dry nor too moist) and this combination of vanilla ice cream, sweet poached pears and walnuts went really well together. Definitely very enjoyable especially after a lacklustre dinner. I heard the coffee is not too bad too however, so maybe the next time I'll drop by for teatime waffles and a drink instead.

 Truffle Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Aioli Sauce ($14.90)
This was what made me want to visit Curious Palette but unfortunately even though the fries were well cooked, there was not even a hint of the truffle detected :(

(left) Truffle Risotto & (right) Ochazuke Konbu Spaghetti (~$20)
 (Sorry for the blurred photos) The risotto actually tasted quite pleasant, but again I really couldn't taste no truffle oil in the bowl. The Ochazuke Konbu spaghetti featured shimeji mushrooms and prawns. Unfortunately the prawns were quite small in our portion as compared to some of the photos I've seen online, so not sure if it's just today. Other than that, nothing spectacular to rave about in this Japanese inspired dish.

 Squid Ink Tagliatelli with 'inferno' Sauce, Calamari & Asparagus
Very lovely presentation - was pleasantly surprised by that streak of black ink across the plate - that's actually the squid ink sauce. On first look I thought it was the plate design hahahaha. Unfortunately another average tasting dish that tasted pretty much like squid ink, calamari and pasta tossed together. There were also clumps of sea salt in my sauce that surprise attacked me. :X

Well, unfortunately I must say curiousity killed the cat in this one. The food here is very overpriced, with mains costing well above $20 but not really tasting like it deserved its price tag. Stick to the waffles the next time you're here. The ambience in the cafe isn't bad either - white industrial interior with the occasional plant and some really pretty lighting!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Singa-eats 3: FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (Review)

Hello! Having started work in the East of Singapore, I now rarely have the time to explore new food places in town. So every weekend now I have a mission to try as many out-of-the-way food places as possible. Last Saturday brought me to FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (old english for Fire Kitchen & Drink) along Boon Tat Street around Telok Ayer/Raffles Place.

19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore (069619)
Reserve here

This establishment serves a wide range of modern European dishes infused with the herbs and spices of South East Asia. The interior is spacious and rustic with a touch of the prehistoric - cute stone-age style murals on the back walls and walls lined with wooden logs. Mains here are grilled over a Josper grill - an indoor grill with a door to ensure that moisture/flavour doesn't escape - with lychee wood that makes the meat so very fragrant and succulent. Here's what we tried:

 Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days with Black Truffle Sauce - $32
This is easily one of the best slabs of ribeye I've eaten in a while. The ribeye is aged for a more concentrated flavour and it was fat, juicy and heavenly with the black truffle sauce that was given on the side.

Whole Maine Lobster with Shallot Lemongrass Bechamel - $39
I'm not a seafood fan, but le bf enjoyed this very much. From the little I've tried, I was pleasantly suprised by the indulgent buttery-ness of the bechamel that the lobster was filled with, but did wish the lemongrass flavour came through a bit more. Nonetheless, this plate was quickly polished off by the happy bf who was singing praises about the lobster even long after we've left the restaurant.

 Buttered Cassava & Mashed Potato
These sides came with the main. I'm a big butter fan so I loved how the cassava and the potato were steaming with fragrant butter goodness but unfortuantely the cassava didn't do it for me... Cassava (tapoica) is slightly sweet by nature so I thought it didn't go very well with the butter sauce.

 Baked Pistachio Melt with Pandan Ice Cream - $10
This is honestly a very affordable and value for money dessert. Also the most commonly seen on Instagram - it look so pretty! It was leaning towards the sweeter side but after the heavy and flavourful mains my tastebuds were craving for a little sugar to end off the meal anyway. The lava cake was oozing goodness and I'm loving the Asian inspired flavours here. The grilled marshmellow on top of the lava cake was a good touch too!

All in all we definitely had a good time here. I'd go back in a heartbeat to try their other dishes. That lamb rack sounds so delicious! Hope my review helped! Do give this place a visit if you're in the area and are craving a good meal to unwind over the weekend or after work ;)