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Telephone: (65) 6348-0668
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New chic and modern Asian restaurant, using only plant-based ingredients. Surprise yourself and your friends with their amazing use of monkeyhead mushrooms, organic oyster mushrooms, tofu and Asian spices. You won't believe they are meatless! This is going to be the IT restaurant! Very different from all other restaurants we have been.

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  1. ladyironchef
     18 Mar 2009 at 12:44 am
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    The Angel on my right says she is innocent and pure. The Devil on the left rebuts, she is gullible and inexperience. A simple play of words, show the different perception of people. The same word could mean two totally different thing. Naive, is all about the absence of artificiality, in a good way.

    Rather than a vegetarian restaurant, the owners of Naive know exactly how human perception is, most people tend to associate vegetarian with distasteful food, so lets just call them the first meatless restaurant.

    Tofu is always a staple in the meatless cateogry, and it was no surprise we had it for the Golden Oats ($8.80). Essentially crispy deep fried soft golden tofu with oats and fragrant leaves. I didn’t get to try much of this, but it was a good rendition of the cereal prawn. The tofu was a fitting replacement with its crispy texture and soft interior going well with the oats.

    Not the best in terms of the looks department, but the Penang Rendang ($9.80) was better than expected. Pan-fried mushroom on bed of greens. Red, hot, and spicy.

    When red riding hood ($7.80) meets the big bad wolf. How apt. It was almost like the real deal. Imagine sweet and crispy,and instead of pork you get beancurd. Sweet & sour pork wannabe? This is even better than some of the ones I had before.

    The ladies man. He have all sorts of tricks in his bag, and can please all of you. Battered organic oyster mushroom ($9.80). If you have been avoiding fried food for a while now, because of the double damage; unhealthy fried food and too much meat. This is the one for you.

    Tangy and refreshing. The mango tofu cake ($12.80) was all about that. Slightly sweet, slightly sour. Crispy skin, soft body. Talk about contrast.

    With a cheesy tag line like mega in taste, and mini in size, the Mega mini mushroom ($10.80). While I ain’t a big fan of Sze Chuan cuisine, one bite was enough to tell me the flavourful spicy szechuan sauce.

    Enchanted forest ($12.80). Indeed, I was smitten by her charming ways, her strong perfume smell of wolfberry, her strong and wilful texture.

    From the braise, you would certainly associate it with cooking for many hours. Yes, but somehow for monkeyhead mushrooms, it does not turn soft. We were expecting the meat-lookalike to be tender, but instead it was still rather tough in texture. Heartwarmer ($13.80)

    I always love to order garlic rice when I frequent Japanese restaurants. They are so oh-so good! And I think the same could be for Naive, their Oliver twist ($3.80). Instead of the Japanese pearl rice, we have the fragrant Thai rice, with a olive twist. And I agreed, so good it can be eaten on its own.

    Naive promises to offer healthy food without compromising on taste. And I will like to say they did it. I never knew vegetarian, or rather, meatless could taste so good. However, prices are rather steep given the small portions. And their main courses are all monkeyhead mushrooms.

    You are always welcome to visit ladyironchef for a full-up on this trip. Whatever written herein are my genuine feelings expressed in words. Food, my dear, is what they call an adventure!

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    1. hburn10
       04 Mar 2009 at 7:59 pm

      ~~~~Healthy eating~~~~

      Needed to look for a nice lunch place around Katong / Joo Chiat area which served vegetarian food and found it on *** :D

      I was impressed with the design of the place to be honest, for the place it was situated in. Awashed in green and white with full length glass panels facing the street, it was standing out quite enough for people to spot it easily in the stretch of shophouses and for passserbys to stop in their tracks to flip through the menu.

      Inside, it didn't feel like a cafe at all as it was all very clean sleek lines with 2 long communal tables with long wooden blocks as seats, with the word Naive carved onto the sides. Very interesting. A handful of 2 and 4 seaters were spread out evenly in the small eatery.

      They have a strange ritual called the "Blessing of the Sesame Seeds" where they give each table a pounder with black and white sesame seeds in it and ask you to pound it. It apparently represents the blessings in your life or something. You can even choose to sprinkle the crushed seeds into your food after that. I don't know about you but I couldn't even pound them properly, so I gave up.

      A 3-course set lunch at $9.80 was attractive enough an offer for me so I chose that. There are no options for soups, starters etc, you have to take that 1 exact set (prices indicated are what you would have to pay for if you order them ala carte, altho I'm sure the ala carte portions will be bigger):

      1. Wolfberry Soup ($3.80) - "flavorful with eyesight-enhancing properties" --- very clear very light soup dotted with wolfberries and slices of dan gui. Although a very nice warm starter, I felt as if the ingredients weren't simmered long enough for the flavour to come out.

      2. XO Shanghai Tang ($13.80) - "braised mushrooms with rich savoury XO sauce - amazing taste for lovers of chinese mushrooms" --- came with served with lightly fried kailan. For me, the taste wasn't 'amazing' enough...fragrant yes but I felt there was a slight overdose of the XO sauce resulting in it being too saltish for my liking.

      3. Oliver Twist ($3.80) - "fragrant thai rice infused with oriental spices - The Olive Rice of olive rice" --- I still feel when you say things like "The olive rice of olive rice" in the description, it better taste like it is. Disappointingly, this is not. The taste of the olive was too little and they could have been more generous with the spices. I have tasted much better olive rice before.

      They had another 3-course set lunch priced at $12.80, with tom yum soup, olive rice too, and this:

      Spice of Life ($12.80) - monkeyhead mushrooms "sauteed with spicy kungpo sauce and peppers" --- very flavourful sauce paired with tender mushrooms; with the texture very similar to mock meat. Incidentally, monkeyhead mushrooms are their specialty and they do it in many other different ways, although I didn't manage to try them.

      This was a side dish we ordered to share:

      Penang Rendang ($9.80) - "spicy pan-fried mushrooms with steamed buns" --- the rendang sauce was a good match with the steamed buns and the mushrooms very tasty indeed.

      The entire lunch was very light on the palette; I think that's how its meant to be, no? Service was nothing to complain about too.

      I would want to come back to try the ala carte but only if I'm in the vicinity :D

      Pics will be uploaded after I figure out what's wrong with my mobile bluetooth....

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      1. ladyironchef
        ladyironchef said:
        you are fast man. haha. i'm gonna try this fri
        04 Mar 2009 at 10:18 pm
      2. genesis
        genesis said:
        Interesting Vege menu. Thanks for recommendation!
        04 Mar 2009 at 10:26 pm
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    2. hollytan88
       22 Feb 2009 at 5:59 pm
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      The "IT" Casual Restaurant to Visit! Interesting name, unique facade, unbelievable food, artistic elements and not expensive. Healthy meatless food which tasted amazing. Very well done and definitely going to be THE PLACE to chill out after work or weekends. We all love the ambience which is so chic and fresh...not cluttered like most restaurants along Katong and Siglap. All Easterners... get there fast... this is THE PLACE! We are certainly to be frequenting there if this is the quality of food and ambience.

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        hollytan88 said:
        Check out Penang Rendang, Black and White and Mega Mini Mushroom...POWER DISHES
        22 Feb 2009 at 6:01 pm
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