Mon - Thu: 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat: 11:30 - 23:30
Sat: 11:30 - 22:30
Platypus Kitchen is a Mediterranean bistro in Bugis Junction that specialises in hand-made pasta dishes and seasonal Mediterranean fare.
I have been to Platypus Test Kitchen at Clifford Centre a number of times and I have always loved their fresh pastas and risottos. It’s one of my favourite places for lunch! I was excited when they told me of a new Platypus opening at Bugis Junction. So I booked it for Valentine’s Day and crossed my fingers that it would be just as good. And it was exceptional!
Although the restaurant is tucked away on the 3rdfloor, I arrived on time for my dinner reservation and found the place easily enough using a map the manager SMSed to me. I was seated at a 2-seater sofa with my date and it was immediately apparent that this restaurant is very spacious and comfortable. The chairs and bench seatings are well cushioned and the high celling with hanging bulbs make the entire space seem open and inviting. I like how Platypus keeps its unique identity and quirky elements all over the restaurant, they have kept with using similar hard-wood table tops and also housed a gigantic sawn off table hanging on the wall. Interesting indeed! Ambience 8.5/10 (Inviting, warm, non-pretentious)
Service throughout the entire night was swift and unobtrusive, the restaurant was packed, but our waiter constantly checked on our orders and ensured that we had enough water. The dishes came at a steady pace; our cocktails, appetizers/soup, mains, desserts, and coffee & tea were all served without delays. Dinner was very enjoyable and we were never short on water nor was it hard to get the attention of staff. Service 9/10
The food, ohhh… the food was excellent! We both ordered the valentine’s day 3-course sets with the beer cocktails, and we couldn’t believe that it was only $25.90 (Really reasonable for what was essentially a 5-course meal with alcohol! It was 19.90 for the option without the drink). I was told that this was an opening special and that the boss just wanted to make people happy on this night. All the dishes were great, but there were 3 dishes which were truly exceptional!
1) The fresh corn soup with summer truffles was genius! I was blown away by the combination of fresh corn and very aromatic shaved summer truffles.
2) Saffron & caviar risotto, this was really really yummy it had perfectly cooked scallops and prawns in it and the risotto rice was ozzy and of perfect consistency
3) The frozen sea-salt caramel, this was really one of the best cakes I’ve ever tried and it came with popping candy!!! What a unique finish to the dessert. Food 10/10 (Expect superb food, unique dishes and great prices)
Overall, exceptional value for money! Platypus is really a great place to dine at any day of the week, for a casual meal or for any occasion. Their new menu is huge and has something for anyone; I could see myself eating here every day!!! :D It was that good, my date and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves that night.
definitely should give this place a shot. Beef rice bowl and pumpkin soup is really good.
liked the secret soju agent
dessert was Apple tart as well as chocolate lava cake. Very nice.
also tried the mango citrus... Nice
I had a pretty horrid experience at Platypus in Chinatown, but EJ was pretty convincing in persuading me that Platypus here is heads and shoulders above. It's certainly not the easiest restaurant to find in Bugis Junction, but with a little help, I located it along the exterior of the mall facing Victoria Street. So far so good.
Their selection of cocktails was a great start to the dinner. Your first drink is $6. What a great idea. Over the course of a year, EJ's tried all the cocktails, and recommended all of them. I was intrigued by the Yellow Fever (tequila, mango nectar, orange, shiso and lime zet), but chose the Secret Soju Agent (a blend of triple sec and soju) instead.
Meanwhile my suggestion to take a picture of all of us and caption it "Yellow Fever at Platypus" was ignored. It's the holidays and my brain is on off mode. Looking through the full menu made my head spin. I had the Weekday 3 Course Dinner ($26) because I want someone to narrow down my choices for me. The starter is Roasted Pumpkin Soup. I like my pumpkin soup to be more savoury, this was a little too sweet.
Pumpkin soup (bottom), lobster bisque (top) The main was Angry Lemon Garlic Shrimp Linguini. The pasta is little on the spicy side, and it wasn't very memorable. The prawns are pretty huge though.
The dessert is the nicest part of the meal: I had the Wild Berry Panna Cotta. It looked gorgeous, in a jar so adorable, I entertained the notion of asking the waiter where they got it. Or maybe just slip it into J's purse on the way out. It was rich, velvety smooth and well-chilled. It was a little on the sweet side though, especially after I had a bite of J's Molten Lava Cake. The lava cake was another winner: it tasted like a pudding, and it is so wide and flat, I wouldn't have expected it to be a lava cake. But inexplicably, there's still a molten chocolate core. I've never seen a recipe like it.
The cocktails and dessert carried the meal. The molten lava cake is especially impressive. The servers couldn't be warmer to us. Considering the quality of food and service here, the difference in level of dining enjoyment between the Platypus in Bugis to the branch in Chinatown is heaven and earth hell.
Originally posted at: chikscrib.blogspot.com/2016/04/platypus-bugis.html