I've read so much about Picotin and was excited to try it. Make no mistake, the food is on the pricey side, considering that most of the restaurant is alfresco with pitiful fans that so little more than decorate the place, and stir up great globules of black gunk from the extremely filthy roof rafters.
Pumpkin soup $17: given the price, i was expecting something pretty spectacular, but none of my kids would touch it after the 1st mouthful even though they are soup maniacs. After i tried it in puzzlement, i understood why. Even though the soup had the pumpkin colour, it had NO pumpkin flavour but instead had this very odd taste which i haven't been able to decipher. I suspect they threw in some kind of cheese, but even then, it completely did not work, and just came out tasting like Cream of Something Odd. Big Fail given the high price!
Calamari $16: decent as it was well fried, tender and crunchy all round, but the batter had no flavour which disappointed me. I'd hoped that Monsieur Stroobant would have made his batter different from a run of the mill flour + water. But seriously, for the price, i could have gotten something similar at Long John Silvers!
Mushroom fricasee $18: small 3x3in toast covered with mushroom, heavy cream and slightly oversalted, topped by a poached egg, with a rocket salad dressed in balsamic vinegar. Nothing special again but its high price.
Asparagus wrapped in parma ham with poached egg $20: again nothing special, except its high price.
Beef bourguinon $30: instead of beef cubes, this was a great hunk of meat which was pretty chewy with lots of gelatin running through it. Although the cut of meat was not what i like, what i really didn't like was that the gravy tasted more like pasta sauce, overkilled by tomato paste, rather than having a rich and deep red wine and beef jus flavour that should be apparent from hours of gentle stewing. Oh. And the small nuggets of carrots and pearl onions that came with it were ROCK hard. The bacon bits that scattered the dish seemed fresh though, rather than from a box, and the mash was alright. A Fail in my opinion.
Seasonal turkey with roast vegs and bacon-wrapped sausage $32 and seasonal roast beef with yorkshire pudding $35: bland sauce rather than lovely tasting meat jus, with hardly any roast potatoes but lots of roast pumpkin, parsnips. There were about 6 slides of beef and 5 of turkey, a lot of meat.
Seabass $32: normal panfried, decent.
What scares me away from Picotin more than the high prices and mediocre food is the FILTHY roof rafters if you sit outside, so beware. Halfwa through my meal, i saw a big black blob fall from the roof smack into my food. Granted the waiter quickly replaced my meal for me. But it makes me wonder how much of the dirt had already splattered my food without me seeing and how often it has occurred given the waiter didn't seem really surprised when i told them!
Been there twice and I haven't been disappointed yet. Let's talk about the starters first. We tried the clams in white wine, and we just can't get enough of it. There were no fishy taste, or bitterness of the wine. All we got was sweet seafood essence and fresh clams. all this without the heaviness of garlic that other restaurants use excessively to reduce the fishiness. Then come sthe star of the night - Pizzas! Hand-made dough, oven stone baked, with fresh ingredients. The result is a thin crisp pastry and moist juicy filings. Almost decadent. For desserts, we had a sticky date pudding with ice-cream. It's fluffier than the usual sticky date pudding I had, which also means you can finish it even after eating a whole pizza on your own. I've had comments that the sauce has a burnt taste, but it suits me just fine. Overall - Nice chill-out ambience, great wine, fantastic beer, unbelievable food. Great service from the staff as well.
Been there on a few occasions and absolutely love the place. Tucked away at a corner after Turf City, the place is accessible via Eng Neo. Have tried some of its starters and pizzas and mains. I say forget the starters, they are not so good. Pizza is on da average. The star dishes is the braised beef cheeks and braised lamb shoulder. Both are EXCELLENT! They also baked their own bread which varies from day to day and are really tasty. They normally serve it cold so do request for a heat up. The place has a great ambience and relax mode. Great place for a date or chill out over drinks.