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So the other day I was having dinner with a group of media acquaintances and the topic of “hey, have you been to anywhere new recently” came up (as it always does). At that time, Adrift by David Myers was (and still is?) creating a buzz in the local foodie scene and I was surprised when someone started condemning this place, even going as far as labeling it “lousy”. On the contrary, I was (and still am) all praises for Adrift! Really enjoyed my meal here, so much so that I can’t wait to explore more of the menu together with K!

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I was already impressed by chef David Myers’ dishes back in September last year during the Epicurean Market held at Marina Bay Sands. His coconut and green papaya shooter was a liquid bomb of flavours and I’m thrilled that it’s now permanently on Adrift’s a la carte menu. Ditto for the addictive caramel popcorn!

Caramel Popcorn ($9++)
togarashi

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The menu at Adrift blends playful snacks with raw items and artisanal toasts with charcoal-grilled treats. Many of the mix-and-match small plates (read: tapas style) are meant for sharing and feature interpretations of chef Myers’ most beloved dishes from his travels throughout Asia.

Rice Cracker ($11++)
green onion salt, yuzu kosho aioli

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These include cheeky nods to American classics such as fried oysters and buckwheat battered chicken with karashi honey mustard sauce. Gosh, those oysters! Despite being deep fried, the oysters remain plump and delightfully fresh tasting! For the record, I don’t even like oysters.

Fried Oysters ($21++)
green garlic, black lime dip

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Buckwheat Fried Chicken ($18++)
honey mustard sauce

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From the “toast” section, the king crab melt with pimento cheese is exactly the kind of worthy carbs we should all aim for in life. Generous fillings of crab meat and gooey cheese are sandwiched between evenly browned warm toasty bread. So good that I had double my share, oops. Beef tartare and ricotta have their fans too but on my next visit, it’s definitely going to be the uni butter (hello, uni butter!) on pumpernickel for me!

Beef Tartare Toast ($26++)
sesame, egg yolk, chili

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King Crab Toast ($35++)
pimento grilled cheese

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Ricotta Toast ($24++)
preserved lemon, okinawan black sugar

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The “nomadic” (i.e. seafood) selection may be limited to just six items but what I tried, I liked! Especially the cured hamachi with ginger flower – simple and elegant – and the salmon-ish arctic char curry which has enough kick from the spices.

Cured Hamachi ($27++)
ginger flower, creme fraiche

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Arctic Char ($28++)
spiced tomatoes, curry

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Even the sides are admirable – crispy baby potatoes lightly sprinkled with parmesan and aromatic grilled corn are dangerously moreish little bites! But there’s something in the braised morning glory which didn’t agree with my palate so I pretty much ignored it.

Sides ($9-14++)
baby potatoes, seaweed, parmesan;
braised morning glory, lime pickle;
grilled corn, dashi butter, furikake

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Desserts are 2/3 lovely. The small chocolate pot looks unassuming but it’s so dark and rich! Raspberry parfait is quite a beauty too – I love the contrasting textures from the creamy ice cream, chewy mochi and crunchy nuts. The only sweet that didn’t had me swooning was the caramel french toast – soaked and soft in the middle but lacking crisp and the scoop of coconut sorbet was way too small.

Caramel French Toast
coconut sorbet, kopi syrup

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Chocolate Pot De Creme
guanaja chocolate, burnt marshmallows
Raspberry Parfait
rose, cocoa mochi

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My thanks to Philicia for hosting dinner!

Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2
6688 5657

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Platypus Test Kitchen welcomes a new member to the Platypus group of restaurants — Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction, replacing the gloomy V8 Cafe that’s been around since my school days.

The expanded menu has a great selection of appetisers, hand-made pastas, gourmet risottos, main courses, and a range of beer cocktails and carafes of speciality drinks. Unless you have something against pasta, I’d be very very surprised if you find nothing carb-worthy catching your fancy here.

If I have to formulate my own 3-course dinner, I’d go for the generously stuffed crab cakes, interesting spicy diablo tagliolini and for a thirst quencher, any of the refreshing beer cocktails. When I was there during the soft launch, there’s no sweets on offer yet so the default dessert was a rich and thick Italian hot chocolate.

Well-priced bistro fare, good location, fresh produce, seasonal ingredients.. I have a feeling that Platypus Kitchen is going to be a hit!

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Pomegranate Beer ($9.90++)
larger beer with a dash of grenadine, garnished with pomegranate arils and lemon slices (2.9% ABV)

Smith’s Ale ($9.90++)
larger beer infused with green apples and lemons, garnished with fresh apples, lemon and passion fruit (2.9% ABV)

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Wild Mushroom Soup ($3.90++), Roasted Pumpkin Soup ($3.90++)

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Risotto Balls ($8.90++)
mozzarella-stuffed balls of risotto, breaded in panko, deep fried and served over rich pumpkin puree

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Crab Cakes ($12.90++)
potato fritters stuffed with large chunks of crab claw meat, deep fried and served with lemon

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Garlic Shrimp ($8.50++)
prawns sautéed in olive oil and garlic, finished with fresh parsley

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Black & White, Scallop & Crab ($17.50++)
interwoven egg and squid-ink tagliolini with crabs and scallops in white wine consomme

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Spicy ‘Diablo’ Crab & Prawn ($18.50++)
egg tagliolini with prawns and crab claw tossed in a spicy egg sauce

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Shaved Truffle Risotto ($17.90++, additional $3.50++ for truffle overload)
shaved summer truffles and parmigiano-reggiano over garlic-butter risotto

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Seafood Bouillabaisse ($21.90++)
seafood medley of grilled prawns, bay scallops, clams, mussels, squid, and chunks of salmon in tomato garlic seafood broth, served with bread

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Italian Hot Chocolate ($8.80++)
full cream milk, cream, 54% dark chocolate

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My thanks to Nicholas for the invitation, and sincere apologies for the tardy post!

Platypus Kitchen
#03-29, Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street
6333 4434

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Esmirada at Orchard seems to be one of those stalwart Mediterranean restaurants that’s been existing forever ages.

Start your meal with a tall order, the famous Esmirada garlic bread, served whole and piping hot from the oven. Break off a chunk, savour the crusty bread on its own or dunk it into Kakavia, a traditional Greek fisherman soup generously loaded with seafood (what else, duh). For a stronger garlic breath, get the sizzling garlic chilli shrimps on hot plate, a ho-hum but no-fail choice. Both the grilled lemon sole and seafood Paella come in huge portions, best to share! Though the tiramisu is award winning, I much prefer melting moments, essentially molten chocolate cakes with maple walnut ice cream (which tasted suspiciously like Movenpick) and juicy cherries.

Esmirada shares the same bartender as neighbour Amuse, so Austrian Klaus Leopold’s imaginative cocktails such as Hugo and Amber Bowl are available. Just for the record, my favourite is still P for Passion, Hugo second!

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Hugo ($12++);
sparkling wine, elderflower syrup, club soda, fresh mint, lime

Charcoal Grilled Angus Rib-Eye Skewer ($38++);
served on an iron frame

Garlic Bread ($7.50++);

Amber Bowl ($18++);
Rhum Vieux du Père Labat, apple juice, homemade vanilla and cinnamon syrup, Fee Brothers Orange Bitters, ice ball

Kakavia ($12++)
Greek fisherman soup, seafood, tomatoes, vegetables, herbs

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Sizzling Garlic Chilli Shrimp on Hot Plate ($19++)
toasted bread

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Paella Valenciana ($35++)
chicken, seafood, chorizo

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Lemon Sole Grilled from the Josper Oven ($31++)
potatoes, caper-lime salsa

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Tiramisu ($12++)
Esmirada’s award winning recipe with Kahlua

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Melting Moments ($15++)
freshly baked chocolate tartlets, maple walnut ice cream, cherries

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A smashing good time is guaranteed at Esmirada, literally! At 9pm every night, plates are distributed to all diners to participate in ‘Zorba’, an ancient Greek custom of smashing plates for good luck!

P.S. Remember to play safe though! I think I may be the first guest to get cut by a random flying shred of glass and caused the PR to freak out, haha.

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Special thanks to Chenyze from Sixth Sense Communications for inviting and hosting!

Esmirada @ Orchard
442 Orchard Road
#01-00 Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade
6735 3476

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Artichoke Cafe & Bar is a mighty popular place for brunch. I’ve been there once for dinner and this time round, I was a happy brunch-goer!

The menu is rather limited but what they serve, they do it pretty well. Worth a consideration if you are looking for a brunch spot this weekend : )

I ate crap that day. C.R.A.P. sandwich ($18+), that is.

Harissa spiced crab pate, romaine lettuce, white anchoives, piquillo peppers, sourdough bread.

No brunch is complete without eggs.

Soft scrambled eggs, local organic mushrooms, blistered grape tomatoes, rocket, toast ($16+).

For the carnivores.

Soft scrambles, maple glazed bacon chop, tomatoes, rocket, toast ($20+).

Artichoke Cafe & Bar
161 Middle Road
6336 6949

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