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Bochinche may be an Argentinian restaurant but trust me when I say that pescetarians (and even vegetarians) can dine very well here too. It’s not all about meat on the dinner menu as Head Chef Fabrice Mergalet has added several new items, including three vegetarian small plates. Granted, they may be intended to complement Bochinche’s popular meat dishes but the sweet roasted beetroot with goat’s cheese and grilled pumpkin with braised kale and yogurt are tasty enough on its own. There’s also a refreshing salad of watermelon paired with mozzarella cream and sun-dried tomato.

Other new small plates menu items include the Hokkaido scallops tiradito with an intriguing pairing of tomato water and for meat eaters game for bold flavours, perhaps go for the crispy chicken skin with liver parfait, candied walnuts and grape chutney – I wish there’s a pescetarian version! Old hot favourites such as the classic provoleta with almonds and oregano honey (a must for cheese lovers!) as well as the signature veal sweetbreads are still available on the menu.

Please don’t leave without ordering the crab croquettes – moreish fried balls of tightly packed crab meat with spot on seasoning, major love! It was my favourite that evening and that alone makes me decide that dinner is indeed more exciting than brunch! Don’t get me started on the tender meaty grilled octopus and delicate dover sole. Just go!

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Roasted Beetroot ($16++)
goat’s cheese, tarragon, oats crumble

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Hokkaido Scallops Tiradito ($21++)
tomato water, avocado, yuca

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Watermelon Salad ($14++)
mozzarella cream, sun-dried tomato, pumpkin seeds

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Iberico Cold Cuts ($22++)
selection of lomo, chorizo, shoulder 30 months

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Crispy Chicken Skin ($18++)
liver parfait, walnuts, grapes

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Crab & Humita Croquettes ($16++)
spicy criolla sauce

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Classic Provoleta ($17++)
almonds, oregano honey

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Grilled Octopus ($19++)
green peas, mussels escabeche

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Catch of the Day (market price)
dover sole, lemon

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Ojo de Bife ($55++)
300g rib-eye

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Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee ($17++)
banana split ice cream

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Milk Cake ($14++)
passion fruit sorbet, toasted almonds

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My thanks to Pamela for inviting and hosting dinner!

Bochinche
22 Martin Road
6235 4990

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Brunch at Bochinche is slightly different – the menu goes beyond the normal done-to-death-but-somehow-I-still-go-back-for-more eggs ben/waffles and successfully dispels the notion that Argentinean cuisine is only about meat. I was happy to find several pescetarian-friendly items on the menu, such as the classic provoleta (darn, no good photo of this!) – rich and creamy/milky grilled provolone cheese served sizzling hot in a pan. Other memorable dishes include the squid ink burger with a thick disc of golden-brown crayfish patty, yellow fin tuna (light and healthy!), and the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs (sounds boring, I know, but sometimes it’s the simplest dish that stands out!)~

K was the meat tester for me that day and he pretty much finished everything I dumped on his plate haha. The sirloin steak and chorizo sausage made in-house were his favourites. Think he will skip the bland ossobuco the next time round though (poached eggs are so not him anyway). Pancakes and French toast (bacon ice cream is losing its novelty factor these days, don’t you think so??) are good to try but not something we’d order on our own since they are kind of average.

Save some space for desserts because they are lovely, especially the bitter chocolate tart paired with chili flakes yogurt (so interesting!) and smooth crème caramel. Milk cake and crème brulee were rather sweet, so I passed and didn’t go back for seconds. Can’t say the same for the chocolate tart though hee.

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Sirloin Steak Salad
porcini mushrooms, sweet potato, grilled leeks & mustard dressing

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House Chorizo Sausage
malbec braised ox cheeks & caramelised onions

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Squid Burger
smoked pepper, chopped romanine, crayfish & dill mayo

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Ricotta Pancakes
berries salad, maple syrup & cinnamon crème fraîche

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Yellow Fin Tuna
grilled pak choi, spicy humita & crispy “aji molido” tofu

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Braised Ossobuco & Organic Poached Eggs
toast & chives hollandaise sauce

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Brioche French Toast
house-cooked ham & bacon ice cream

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Smoked salmon & Scrambled Eggs
red onions, capers & dill cream cheese

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Milk Cake
passion fruit sorbet & toasted almonds

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Bitter Chocolate Tart
chili flakes yogurt & chocolate ice cream

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Crème Caramel
“dulce de leche” & crushed meringue

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My thanks to Alexandra for inviting and hosting brunch!

Bochinche
22 Martin Road
6235 4990

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