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(Closed) Platypus Kitchen

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Address: #03-29/29A, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, 188021

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

+65 63334434
$26 based on 67 submissions
After Work (23 votes), Ala Carte (14 votes), Dinner (14 votes)

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Fresh Gourmet Seafood & Handmade Pasta

Full Platypus Kitchen review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/06/platypus-kitchen-platypus-lobster-shack.html


The Platypus Restaurant Group started out with small takeaway kiosks (Platypus Gourmet2Go Food Bars), eventually gaining enough success to open a small eatery (Platypus Lobster Shack). Their business grew till they were able to open their 1st full service, sit down dining restaurant, the Platypus Kitchen.

Ambience at Platypus Kitchen is modern casual. Dark wooden furniture is spaced neatly within the dimly lit, yet spacious, floor space. With colours themes of wood against black, the interior has a sophisticated, romantic vibe to it. Tables can be shifted around to accomodate large groups, and when the restaurant gets partially filled, it becomes rather noisy and lively.

Service at Platypus Kitchen is professional and efficient, as befits a full service restaurant. Staff are quick to seat diners in an orderly fashion, and are knowledgable enough to make recommendations. I like that on a particular visit, the staff proactively suggested changing my order to a set meal, which saved some money. Waiting time for food is around 10 minutes or so, rather quick, and I note that staff are also efficient are clearing away empty / dirty tables. However, while staff do offer polite greetings upon entry, they don't bid you goodbye, which is rather odd.

Food at Platypus Kitchen is a mix of American, French, and Italian influences. Offering the best dishes from their various concepts, dishes here are tasty, mostly hand crafted using premium ingredients. Each dish is well balanced and packs flavour, and portions are large. In particular, their seafood dishes and hand made pasta dishes are standouts. Despite the high end cuisine, prices are reasonably affordable, budget about SGD $34 per person for a 2-course meal here.

The lobster roll is a classic American sandwich, and the Traditional Lobster Roll (SGD $24.90) closely resembles those from Connecticut or Maine. Prepared in East Coast style, a grilled, buttered brioche bun is generously stuffed with fresh chunks of butter poached lobster, diced tomatoes, chives, and sea salt, all coated in a savoury, fragrant roasted-garlic mayonnaise. Each bite gives you the hit of the savoury sauce; the fresh, slightly briny, meaty lobster; then the juice of the tomatoes, and finally the light crunch of the bun. Pure comfort food, highly recommended!

The classic French dish of Duck Confit & Berry Coulis With Potato Confit Mash (SGD $20.90) features an imported Hudson duck leg, slow-cooked / confit for 10 hours in its own fat, then quickly seared to give it a crisp skin. The result is incredibly fork-tender, fall of the bone duck meat that is savoury and robust in flavour, while the crisp skin shatters with a satisfiying crunch when cut. The duck fat under the skin is easily removed. A tart berry reduction lends a sweet fruity taste, which cuts through some of the heaviness of the duck.

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• 25 Jul 2015 • 20 reviews • 1 follower

I HATE MYSELF FOR DINING HERE. I FEEL STUPID. FOOD IS REAL BAD.

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I really want to like this place. Cool name, highly raved online, lobster, uni creme, caviar, squid ink.. ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS. But the food tasted really bad. Let me break down for you.

The Custacean Bowl. Supposedly a heavenly mix of lobster, caviar, uni (sea urchin) ponzu, honey & cheese.

All I could taste is cloyingly sweet honey. The whole bowl has no flavours except for the sweetness from the honey and awful torched cheese that overpowered everything else. If you can't picture how bad it is, just imagine eating a spoonful of honey with white rice.
 
The lobster is devoid of any taste (probably because its frozen). I could only tell that it is lobster because it says so on the menu. If I was blindfolded, I wouldn't know what was in my mouth.

NO TRACES OF UNI OR ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE. LIKE w**. This is a capital sin. How can you seduce us with the promise of uni creme, only to have either: 1. Put in a pittance of the stuff. Or 2: LEFT THE WHOLE d*** THING OUT?!

To the dish's credit, its presentation looks great and for a moment I was so excited. But as the old adage says, looks can be deceiving and I found out the hard way.

Because I was unsatiated and still in a state of disbelief (after all, this place is supposed to be a crustecean heaven right?!) I decided to give the squid ink and SCALLOPS risotto a try as a desperate attempt to salvage my dinner. 

When it arrived, once again, presentation's awesome. When I saw the beautiful black mass, I was prepared to be hit by the umami-ness of the squid ink. The first mouthful was an unexpected, huge slap on my face. All I could taste was GARLIC. Not just hints of garlicky aroma. I am talking about waves of pungent, screaming-at-my-face, kill-all-vampires-around-50-feet-OMG-get-away-Edward-Cullen garlicky stench.

The SCALLOPS are a joke. if you are expecting a 50-cent-coin-sized, you'll be sorely let down. In truth, it cannot even measure up to a 20-cent-coin (the smaller new coin at that). What was on the plate were 1cm by 1cm cubes of... something (I'm sorry but I just cannot describe w** it is). This is way worse than that crustacean bowl I had. To add insult to injury, the rice was undercooked. It was grainy, hard and sandy. I must say THANK YOU Platypus for screwing this up so that I can send it back to the kitchen. I breathed a sigh of relief, thanking the chef in my heart for commiting such a rookie mistake so I that I could send this horror back to where it was born.

My partner ordered a duck confit with a side of mash. The mash doesn't taste like it was made of potatoes. It tasted like instant mash. The confit was horrid to say the least. It was a dry piece of tough, stale meat with a horrible taste. The saving grace of the dish (and incidently, the entire ordeal) was the crispy, KFC-tasting like duck skin. And that is, only if you like KFC.

I should have known better. Who was I kidding? $20ish per plate for something decent in this time and age within the CBD area.
 
Good luck, folks.


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• 22 Jun 2015 • 397 reviews • 55 followers

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Full Platypus Kitchen review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/06/platypus-kitchen-platypus-lobster-shack.html


The Platypus Restaurant Group started out with small takeaway kiosks (Platypus Gourmet2Go Food Bars), eventually gaining enough success to open a small eatery (Platypus Lobster Shack). Their business grew till they were able to open their 1st full service, sit down dining restaurant, the Platypus Kitchen.

Ambience at Platypus Kitchen is modern casual. Dark wooden furniture is spaced neatly within the dimly lit, yet spacious, floor space. With colours themes of wood against black, the interior has a sophisticated, romantic vibe to it. Tables can be shifted around to accomodate large groups, and when the restaurant gets partially filled, it becomes rather noisy and lively.

Service at Platypus Kitchen is professional and efficient, as befits a full service restaurant. Staff are quick to seat diners in an orderly fashion, and are knowledgable enough to make recommendations. I like that on a particular visit, the staff proactively suggested changing my order to a set meal, which saved some money. Waiting time for food is around 10 minutes or so, rather quick, and I note that staff are also efficient are clearing away empty / dirty tables. However, while staff do offer polite greetings upon entry, they don't bid you goodbye, which is rather odd.

Food at Platypus Kitchen is a mix of American, French, and Italian influences. Offering the best dishes from their various concepts, dishes here are tasty, mostly hand crafted using premium ingredients. Each dish is well balanced and packs flavour, and portions are large. In particular, their seafood dishes and hand made pasta dishes are standouts. Despite the high end cuisine, prices are reasonably affordable, budget about SGD $34 per person for a 2-course meal here.

The lobster roll is a classic American sandwich, and the Traditional Lobster Roll (SGD $24.90) closely resembles those from Connecticut or Maine. Prepared in East Coast style, a grilled, buttered brioche bun is generously stuffed with fresh chunks of butter poached lobster, diced tomatoes, chives, and sea salt, all coated in a savoury, fragrant roasted-garlic mayonnaise. Each bite gives you the hit of the savoury sauce; the fresh, slightly briny, meaty lobster; then the juice of the tomatoes, and finally the light crunch of the bun. Pure comfort food, highly recommended!

The classic French dish of Duck Confit & Berry Coulis With Potato Confit Mash (SGD $20.90) features an imported Hudson duck leg, slow-cooked / confit for 10 hours in its own fat, then quickly seared to give it a crisp skin. The result is incredibly fork-tender, fall of the bone duck meat that is savoury and robust in flavour, while the crisp skin shatters with a satisfiying crunch when cut. The duck fat under the skin is easily removed. A tart berry reduction lends a sweet fruity taste, which cuts through some of the heaviness of the duck.
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• 21 Jun 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Dinner on 19 June 2015

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We had the Traditional Lobster Roll, Spicy Lobster Roll, and the Crustacean Bowl. The uninamous verdict was that all 3 were tasty. However, the small portions (especially for the Lobster Roll) means that you will probably be needing dessert somewhere else.
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