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Platypus Kitchen

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Platypus Kitchen is a Mediterranean bistro in Bugis Junction that specialises in hand-made pasta dishes and seasonal Mediterranean fare.

Daily: 12:00 - 22:00

$26 based on 56 submissions
After Work (19 votes), Lunch (13 votes), Dinner (12 votes)
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Great Ambience, Good Value

We visited the restaurant on 31/12/2014, approximately 7pm, with a reservation. Contrary to what I had expected, there weren't much patrons (about 1/4 filled?) at that hour, not sure if it's the same on a normal day. The place began to fill up, however, and it was almost full by 8pm. The ambience and interior design of the restaurant is great, gives a very relaxing yet sort of romantic setting with its dim lights. It also gives a Mediterranean feel. Quite nice.

We ordered the Traditional Lobster Roll, Spicy 'Diablo' Crab and Prawn Pasta, and a Smith's Ale. Our main orders arrived quickly, but the Smith's Ale was 'forgotten'. After checking with one of the crew, it arrived in 5 minutes.

The Lobster Roll came as a hot dog bun topped with a lobster flesh mixed in a tangy sauce, and came with fries and mesclun. Not bad, and my date liked it too. Tasty.

The Spicy 'Diablo' Crab and Prawns pasta was not spicy on first bite, but the heat grew steadily. My date couldn't stand it after 3 or 4 bites, but I liked it a lot. Prawns were fresh and nicely grilled and de-shelled (leaving just the tail). The crab meat portions were a little less then what I would expect, and it was mixed with a lot of garlic slices (which I like, fortunately). The pasta seems drier than one of the photos of it we saw online (forgot where), but still very tasty.

The Smith's Ale, in our opinion, was the highlight of the meal. The Smith's Ale is a beer cocktail (forgot to ask what beer, don't remember seeing any specific beer in the description) mixed with lemon, green apple, and pomegranate, giving it a very refreshing and tangy taste, with just a hint of the beer. Loved the crunchy pomegranate seeds.

Overall, the food is quite good, and price is affordable for the quality.

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Truffle Fries11 votes
  • Frozen Sea Salt Caramel6 votes
  • Spicy 'Diablo' Crab and Prawn4 votes
  • Crab & Tobiko Bucatini3 votes
  • Sundried Chicken Pesto Pasta3 votes
  • Truffle Carbonara Taglitelle3 votes
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Traditional Lobster Roll
02 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Great Ambience, Good Value

We visited the restaurant on 31/12/2014, approximately 7pm, with a reservation. Contrary to what I had expected, there weren't much patrons (about 1/4 filled?) at that hour, not sure if it's the same on a normal day. The place began to fill up, however, and it was almost full by 8pm. The ambience and interior design of the restaurant is great, gives a very relaxing yet sort of romantic setting with its dim lights. It also gives a Mediterranean feel. Quite nice.

We ordered the Traditional Lobster Roll, Spicy 'Diablo' Crab and Prawn Pasta, and a Smith's Ale. Our main orders arrived quickly, but the Smith's Ale was 'forgotten'. After checking with one of the crew, it arrived in 5 minutes.

The Lobster Roll came as a hot dog bun topped with a lobster flesh mixed in a tangy sauce, and came with fries and mesclun. Not bad, and my date liked it too. Tasty.

The Spicy 'Diablo' Crab and Prawns pasta was not spicy on first bite, but the heat grew steadily. My date couldn't stand it after 3 or 4 bites, but I liked it a lot. Prawns were fresh and nicely grilled and de-shelled (leaving just the tail). The crab meat portions were a little less then what I would expect, and it was mixed with a lot of garlic slices (which I like, fortunately). The pasta seems drier than one of the photos of it we saw online (forgot where), but still very tasty.

The Smith's Ale, in our opinion, was the highlight of the meal. The Smith's Ale is a beer cocktail (forgot to ask what beer, don't remember seeing any specific beer in the description) mixed with lemon, green apple, and pomegranate, giving it a very refreshing and tangy taste, with just a hint of the beer. Loved the crunchy pomegranate seeds.

Overall, the food is quite good, and price is affordable for the quality.
26 Dec 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Mediocre food & service

Ordered the chocolate chili fries, hot chocolate, and 2 pasta. Pasta was served tasteless and al dente. Dish was delivered after 5minutes of ordering, is this a restaurant or fast food? Neither serviette nor water was served.
22 Dec 2014 • 29 reviews • 0 follower

Quality food for affordable prices, indeed!

I chose to visit Platypus Kitchen because it is conveniently located at Bugis Junction, and they serve up the BEST dishes of the Platypus group, i.e. handmade pastas and the popular selection of lobster rolls. Despite of its convenient location, we actually had a hard time searching for them, as they were located in a relatively secluded corner of the mall, away from the other food establishments.
 
 Located just beside Amore Fitness, Platypus Kitchen occupies a huge space at the corner of the mall. Its dim lighting, spacious interior, and its exclusivity makes it a perfect place for a date or a casual meet up with friends.
 
 With that many tables, I am pretty sure you won’t have to wait for too long to be seated even during the peak hours. However, there are always 2 sides to everything. While its spaciousness may be a blessing, it is also a pit for its downfall, as it is extremely difficult to get the attention of its servers especially since all of them tend to be gathered at the bar and chatting amongst themselves. I am not the only one who had this problem because the several reviews I’ve read before paying them a visit also noted the similar situation.
 
 Both of us ordered the Platypus Lobster Roll, which needs a $4 top up, but it’s worth it anyway. The set lunch include, the lobster roll, iced lemon tea and an appetizer of either salad or pumpkin soup. We chose one of each of the appetizer for the sake of variety, even though none of which appealed to us.
 
 For its usual price tag of ($23.90), I would think that this dish is really worth its price. Fresh chunks of lobster, together with mild tasting truffle fries, it’s a pretty decent price to pay for a little indulgence.
 
 I would say that Platypus Kitchen has made true of its words of “making quality food affordable”, because both of us were really impressed with the quality of food served to us here. It has been a while since I was so impressed with all the offerings I have picked in a single seating, and I would highly recommend Platypus kitchen to anyone who is looking for a satisfactory meal in the vicinity. However, as this was my first time trying a lobster roll, my review on the taste of this dish may be a little biased, or may set your standards for this place a little too high. The crustacean bowl, on the other hand, was indeed a must order when you’re there. Everything in the dish was carefully thought through and the combination of their tastes was right on point.
 
 Despite this being my first time having lobsters, Platypus kitchen has definitely set the bar high for my subsequent lobster-related meals.
 
 For a more detailed review with pictures, visit: https://fatassbean.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/review-platypus-kitchen/
10 Dec 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Delicious affordable food! Thumbs up!!!

I came to this restaurant while they were testing out their festive menu and since it was offered to me i decide to try it out. It was very delicious and since that first try i have been hooked on their food.

I had a mac and cheese infused with truffles, this was superb, the flavours really went well together, and it was presented very well.

We also tried their lobster rolls and crustacean bowl. They are amazing!!! and really good value for money!

The place has a rather nice ambiance; down to earth and homie, its rather unique considering how many new restaurants just seem to get run-of-the-mill designs.

two thumbs up, for super delicious affordable food!
01 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Pleasant dining experience, but the establishment may need to work on the service

My friend and I went for dinner on a weekday, and the place was pretty packed. We shared a dinner set, consisting of the traditional lobster roll and apple pie. I like the fact that a bottle of water was served immediately as we sat down, without having to ask for it. However, the staff were not very attentive to customers. While they did keep a lookout for patrons who may require assistance, their field of vision mostly covered only a part of the restaurant (I had observed 3 staff before pinning this comment). Apart from that, food is set at a reasonable price, and there's nothing much that I would fuss over.

The following week, I decided to bring my fiancee here for our birthday celebration. I had the squid ink scallop risotto while my fiancee had the traditional lobster roll, topped with a sea salt caramel cake. The staff were so kind and provided a complimentary slice of cake for us with a lit candle. That came as a surprise for the both of us. We were fans of their truffle fries, sadly their portion became smaller and they're now served on a flat dish instead of the usual bowl.

If you're looking for desserts to compliment your mains, this place may disappoint as they do not have a wide array of cakes.

Ultimately, a nice and cozy place to visit! Would definitely return again.