Western

Western

Featuring Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Tanuki Raw (Orchard Central), Common Man Coffee Roasters (Martin Road), Group Therapy (Cross Street Exchange), Saveur (Purvis Street), Tolido's Espresso Nook (Lavender), Mad For Garlic, PS.Cafe (Ann Siang Hill), Anti:dote (Fairmont Singapore), Moosehead
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

Truffle Cacio E Pepe ($22.90) comes with fusilli lunghi tossed in secret pepper mix, parmigiano, pecorino cheese and truffle oil. While the curly pasta has a very nice texture, this is a little too peppery for me and the truffle flavour is not very prominent as well. Do note that there are no other ingredients in this pasta - you can add on other ingredients like bacon ($2.50) or scallop ($4.50) if you wish to.

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Lamb Merguez ($23.90) came with lamb merguez sausage, paprika, pomodoro, fresh mint and Meredith goat cheese. I was a little worried that the goat cheese and lamb will be too gamey, but they turned out alright and this is actually quite tasty. We chose Pumpkin Rigatoni as our choice of pasta. I like that the tube-shaped pasta is al dente and picks up the sauce nicely.

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True Cost is a stunning rooftop restaurant at Suntec City with an interesting concept: You pay a small entrance fee ($5 per pax for lunch) and get to enjoy the main menu at low mark up for best value.

For appetisers, we had Grilled Eggplant with Miso ($7.95), Bone Marrow with Chilli, Pita and Parmesan Mousse ($14.85), Scallop with Coconut Cream and Mint ($10.95) and Salmon Ceviche with Cucumber and Avocado ($9.95). I generally preferred the hot appetisers to the raw bar. The grilled eggplant is pretty decent. While the bone marrow is rather oily, it is quite tasty and goes well with the pita. On the other hand, the raw scallops and salmon ceviche is overpowered by the heavy sauces and I felt that the flavours and textures did not really complement each other very well.

For mains, we had Beef Cheek with Pea Purée ($13.95), Crab Linguine in Chili Tomato Sauce ($13.95), King Grouper with Vine Tomatoes ($26.85) and Grilled Chicken with Curry Corn ($9.85). The mains are generally good and my favourite is the beef cheek. The fork-tender beef is juicy, flavourful and goes well with the sweet pea purée (not a fan of peas but this did not taste like peas). Sadly, I found the grilled chicken to be pretty underwhelming - it is a tad dry and the bland curry corn does little for the dish.

On the whole, while the food is not mind-blowing, it is generally good (except for a few misses) and for the price point and lovely ambience, it is indeed good value-for-money. Glad to finally try this!

The Mentaiko & Salmon Carbonara ($16.90) is creamy and savoury without being too jelak. The al dente spaghetti and salmon pieces go well with the sauce - I generally like Hoshino’s pasta and this did not disappoint.

The Soufflé Omu Garlic Chicken Carbonara Risotto “Shkmeruli” Style ($17.80) comes with a fluffy soufflé egg on top of rice and grilled chicken that is cooked in a delicious cream sauce. The egg does not flow out when you cut through it, but it is very soft and airy. I’m not a big fan of cream in general, but thankfully cream sauce is not too heavy. The grilled garlic chicken is also very tender and well-seasoned. Definitely exceeded my expectations!

The Truffle Tater Tots ($7 half/ $13 full) is really good. The tater tots are crispy and delicious and they go very well with the truffle mayo served on the side. Would definitely recommend this!

We had Wagyu Beef Brisket ($26) which features beef brisket with chipotle soy sauce, shallot purée and fried potato strips. Some parts of the beef brisket are tender but some parts can be a little tough and dry. The taste, however, is on point and texture and flavours of the different components come together nicely.

Masago Udon ($23) is covered in cream and topped with cured ikura. Sadly, this is too heavy and bland for me.

The Beef Ragu Pasta ($20) comes with shell-shaped pasta that is thoroughly coated in a creamy beef ragu sauce and topped with a sous-vide egg and parmesan cheese. This reminds me of mac and cheese and is creamier/cheesier than expected - but still not bad.

One of my favourite dishes of the day is Crab Linguine ($20). The al dente linguine is tossed in lemon garlic butter with crab meat and ebiko - this is tasty and flavourful.

We also ordered a pizza to share and we picked La Barca Funghi E Tartufo ($28.90). When you cut into the pizza, a decadent mixture of truffle pate, mozzarella, smoked scamorza cheese and button mushrooms oozes right out from the middle and it goes really well with the soft and chewy pizza crust.

For mains, I had Caserecci Alla Boscaiola Con Manzo ($25.90)which is short twisted pasta with sirloin beef strips and button mushrooms in a rich veal jus sauce. The pasta has a good bite, the beef is super tender and the sauce is packed with flavours.

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