Included in this mouth-watering (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) set is a gorgeous chilled abalone served in a glorious black bowl, complete with smoky dry ice following out.
Consumed like a regular sashimi with wasabi and soy sauce, this alone is worth the price of admission.
In addition to this, there are some other worthy dishes to consider too for the $36.80 price tag.
|Fried Fish with Mushroom Sauce|
This dish might look a bit out of the ordinary, but it was one of the highlights of the menu, taste-wise. Nicely fried batter, moist fish and a surprisingly tasty mushroom cream sauce with an oriental note.
The other dishes include a lobster seafood soup that was comforting and easy going, a tender and classic braised sea cucumber dish and a fried rice with fish roe that took a leaf out of one of CDHK's popular favourites.
The dessert was a somewhat decadent bird's nest custard pudding that had too much of a grainy texture to leave a mark. Other than that, if you are looking for an affordable and value for money Chinese lunch set, this is it.
Monochrom Fusion Bistro has just opened its doors along the Chinatown area. It has a very unique design and decor in that the whole place is decked out in black and white colours. This same colour scheme also extends to its food as well.
While the idea is a clever one, the food still needs a bit of work. Some dishes, like the roast chicken is let down by its garnishes as the chicken itself was nicely roasted with a moist interior. The capsicum accompaniments were a bit off as it was slightly too bitter to bring out the chicken flavours well.
|Barramundi with Mash and Asparagus|
The fish dish fared much better, the barramundi was cooked well and the hand crushed potatoes was well seasoned and had that grainy, chunky texture that recalls the best homemade mash. The dish itself looked pretty on the cleverly selected black and white plate.
The rest of the menu items still seems to be a work in progress and more consideration needs to be taken. There are still some flaws in the kitchen execution, in particular, the meatballs which were dry and there just simply too many meatball dishes as well.
The risotto which has been a highly instagrammable item still needs to be refined as it was too dry and not creamy enough. The grains were also undercooked. If the owners take heed of some of the feedback, then I think Monochrome may be able to live up to the concept with its food in due course.
|1 Market Buffet|
Chef Wan, the popular celebrity cook from Malaysia has launched his buffet concept in the heart of Plaza Singapura called 1 Market. It is a wide dining area that recalls some of our 5 star hotels' buffet spaces.
The buffet selection consists of an almost international range. From sushi to nanyang classics like otak and satay, the laksa was my pick of the night.
If you are a fan of Chef Wan, you might even catch him for a photo opportunity if he is around. Fret not if he is not there, for there is a life size poster of him by the entrance and it looks almost as authentic and real.
22 Cross Street
Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road
1 Market by Chef Wan
68 Orchard Road