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When a restaurant dedicates more tables to its outdoor chill out patio than its main dining space, you wonder if the food is just an accessory. District 10, at UE Square Mall, is all fine food indoors, and bar grub outdoors (still under shelter). Closer to the kitchen is a stowaway den with an outdoor antechamber, meant for private dining. The centre of the restaurant is the culinary middle, where modern European furnishing in rich red timbre dominates after having undergone a recent renovation.
District 10 fancies itself a bar at the forefront, and its food seems neglected more by patrons than the kitchen. Chances are that you will succumb to joining the convivial crowd lounging in the outdoor patio – separated as tables and chairs and high stools typical of bars – an obvious affiliation to its Clarke Quay branch. While the latter probably sees a younger crowd, the UE outpost is more frequented by expatriates from the Mohamed Sultan area, which explains the football screenings. On Sundays, a reasonably large bouncing castle is set up for brunching parents with kids in tow. The heart of the restaurant is equally bent on alcohol, with wine glasses at hand. The tone though, still careens dainty. Portions are not for the romantic starving date nights but are more suited to married couples that want to be fed well, with pizzas and pastas as the focus.
Already, the house bread tells you that. For something complimentary – the crackly sundried tomato bread is cup-sized, stuffed with feta, and comes with minced anchovies on the side – is over and beyond its duty. And it was one of the best things out of District 10’s kitchen.
Appetizers are notably Italian, a natural inflection of head chef Luca Pezzera. Buffalo mozzarella cheese in a fist-sized mount with sundried tomato puree, perfumed by blades of shredded fresh basil. Along with peas, and good EVOO, this is an option that beats salads any time.
It is slightly repetitive then, to see the deep fried basil as the garnish for a dish of spaghettini in a tomato-based sauce with lobster chunks. But it is how Italian food is – safe but good. The slippery angel pasta was a little wet, although the robust flavors more than made up for it.
We have been to this restaurant with our toddler many times for dinner and have always been pleased with the food. In fact, I think their pizza is the best I've had in Singapore. Today we were looking forward to a rainy day brunch, which we had seen advertised outside the restaurant and double checked times online. Weekend brunch is advertised as starting at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays. When we arrived, we were told they don't serve brunch and they don't open until 12. I feel this is very poor service on their part and that they should change the advertising if it is incorrect. Will think twice before going again after this disappointment.
ncie place and had a good time with friends. Went for a brunch and cost was fair, food ok and service friendly and fast. good place to chillout and spend time chatting with friends for as long as you like. Will go back once again..
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I'm a super pandan, coconut and gula melaka lover, so can you imagine how happy I am when they have all my 3 favourites into 1 dish here? The pandan fragrance was ok, just that it was a little too light, not fragrant enough. Some people may like the burnt (chao da in hokkien) taste but I prefer without much burnt taste so was a little disappointed in this area, perhaps I should tell the server to inform the chef about my preference then it will be a perfect dish for me. Overall with the aromatic gula melaka syrup and coconut flakes atop, this is a special nice brunch! Remember to try this when you're here for brunch ya!
Service was ok, just that the young lady server who served us was quite inexperienced.
If you are trying to look for attention in this place, don't think about it.
Otherwise the food was worth a try.
I went to District 10 Bar & Restaurant for drinks vaguely before they moved to the new address, when they were still situated at Newton area. Today, I re-visited for brunch at their new location at 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-15 / 16 / 17 UE Square Shopping Mall, Singqapore 239917 and the number to dial is 6738 4788.
The interior of District 10 Bar & Restaurant is sleek, contemporary and of rustic European design, complete with exquisite wood furniture of eco-friendly nature. The cosy, relaxed ambience brings comfort to diners but unfortunately the inside is fully-reserved.
Hence, we decided to sit by the lovely and breezy open-concept bar area, outdoors. It was spacious and I felt more exhilarated somehow, able to do people watching and enjoying the kiss of morning sun.
My Fried Eggs with bacon, mushrooms, roasted tomato, hash brown, vegetables and chicken chipolata sausage (SGD$14.00) was served first. I like eggs for brunch as I believe them to be nutritious - fried or not. Morever, the combination of egg-yolks smeared over my bread slice, tucked in with sauteed mushrooms and sourish tomatoes or crispy hash browns, was simply irresistable. The taste was overwhelmingly delicious, my idea of a perfect brunch.
Celine* had the Creamy Scrambled Eggs (SGD$14.00) version of my breakfast - served with muffin, oriental mushrooms, hash brown and roasted tomatoes as well. Another sumptuous brunch of differentiating textures and tastes, hers was more unique with the acquired flavor of spring onion in the egg, giving it an interesting boost of aroma.
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