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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 57 submissions
After Work (19 votes), Lunch (13 votes), Dinner (12 votes)
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Choo Yao Chuen

Enjoyable dining experience

Heard about this place from friends and decided to head over for dinner after work last week. For some furnny reason, we all had pastas, which was OK, above average but nothing to shout about. It was cozy and with OK service, making it quite a cool place to dine.

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22 Feb 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

One of the worst experience ever

I have just left the restaurant with my boyfriend, and I have never had such a bad dining experience. Firstly there weren't any lobsters, but we decided to go ahead anyway. We ordered a pumpkin soup, Crispy Duck salad, a Truffle Mac n Cheese and a Squid Ink with Scallop pasta. Let me break it down for you. 

Pumpkin soup: Was decent, with bits of bacon and cheese. No complains and in fact I would pay for it again.

Crispy Duck salad: The Crispy Duck, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a few spoonful of DUCK FLOSS. DUCK FLOSS GUYS. With a few slices of oranges, handful of almonds and some greens. And that will set you back 12 freaking dollars. 12.90 to be exact. I would suggest changing the description on the menu to clarify.

Truffle Mac and Cheese: I couldn't taste or smell the truffle. Couldnt taste much of the cheese, just a white cream sauce. absolutely nothing special about it, I would rather get those frozen mac n cheese from 7eleven, and definitely not pay $18.90 for it. 

Squid ink and scallop pasta: Check out the size of the scallops. I have circled it in red for your convenience sake. first bite and i was overwhelmed with all that garlic. Sauce was sour and the pasta was mushy. It was so bad that I had to return it. 

i requested for it to be sent back to the kitchen, which the staff was very nice to let me swop it for something else. And I chose the truffle carbonara, but it was another disaster.

Mushy, poor consistency, dry,  no depth . I felt like I was eating a clump of mess. Couldn't take a second bite. We asked to cancel our order, which the manager was nice enough to comply. 


I am not a picky eater at all, and I have never sent food back to the kitchen. It was such a bad dinner. The bill would have came to 30 per pax if we did not cancel the order. Not worth my money, effort and calories. We were looking forward to a nice and enjoyable dinner but it was such a disappointment. Im not even sure if I would return to try their lobster roll. 



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10 Feb 2015 • 86 reviews • 0 follower

Enjoyable dining experience

Heard about this place from friends and decided to head over for dinner after work last week. For some furnny reason, we all had pastas, which was OK, above average but nothing to shout about. It was cozy and with OK service, making it quite a cool place to dine.
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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.
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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.
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22 Dec 2014 • 30 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/
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