Kitchenette, a boutique european bakery and wine retail bottleshop, in the neighbourhood of Novena, Goldhill Plaza. Open everyday from 9am till late.
I picked this place for a birthday celebration after reading about it in a magazine, plus this area's not too crowded for a Friday evening which is a plus point too. They had given our table of 5 a table right smack in front of the counter and the wine display so we started off the evening a little awkward with other guests routing / hovering around us looking at the wines.
The menu was limited with only a few mains and a handful of salads:
Atlantic Sea Bass ($18) - with roasted, fricassee of sprouting roots - the sea bass was seasoned nicely but the skin was soggy instead of crispy. The accompany greens and mushrooms were average, and some of the baby potatoes were undercooked and crunchy.
Herb Roasted Lamb ($22) - with onion, cherry tomato confit, and potatoes - I didn't have this but the one who did said it was good.
Steak Frites ($20) - with bernaise or mustard sauce - 3 of my friends ordered this with different done-ness and they came cooked the same - pink and slightly bloody in the middle. My friend who asked for well-done asked the staff to bring the dish back as it wasnt right and it came back with the outside more cooked but the insides were the same. So he basically just ate the sides and the accompanying fries.
Truffle mashed poatoes ($5) - This was the best dish of the day although I would have preferred it to have more bite instead of being super smooth, and they were very generous with the truffle oil. But we found a notable piece of aluminum foil halfway through.
The staff didn't seem to be too concerned about my friend's uneaten steak so I proactively gave feedback about that, plus the aluminum foil in the mash. She simply said thanks for the feedback and that she'll inform the chef. Her nonchalant attitude, plus a chef who doesnt know or care about his steaks, made me cast a negative vote for this place. Sorry it just didnt do it for me.
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