Park Hotel Alexandra has been gaining quite a bit of attention, with the number of food outlets that have opened in its premises. Within the same building, or perhaps right next to the hotel is actually a mall, that is a tad inconspicuous as it is overshadowed by the hotel on one side and IKEA on the other. While still in its soft-launch phase, there are a number of F&B establishments within the mall. Some of you might be familiar with Atmosphere Bar & Bistro in the east of Singapore, and it has opened a cafe concept in the new mall. Dressed in a royal shade of purple, with Audrey Hepburn adorning the feature wall, the feel of this cafe is quite a contrast from its predecessor. And the dishes served differ to an extent as well, reflecting the “daytime” feel of this new concept, compared to the other, which is a bar.
Choices of starters were aplenty, and we picked a selection of them to begin our meal. The Truffle Fries ($9.80) received a unanimous thumbs up, being one of the most generously-seasoned ones we’ve tried! It’s not often that the truffle flavour is this potent, and we went crazy over it. The Battered Mushrooms ($6.80) were another addictive choice. Deliciously crisp, yet juicy on the inside, we couldn’t help picking at them even before the photo-taking was over. The Spam Fries ($8.80) are something that I’m not quite a fan of, however, it seemed pretty popular at our table as well.
Because this was a tasting, I pretty much had just a mouthful of each item, so that I could save my stomach for the rest. I still ended up stuffed to the brim nonetheless (and a buffet dinner followed soon after :O).
I really liked the Pan Seared Salmon ($20.80) for the rather generous portion and the doneness of the fish. It also came with a dollop of caviar on the side, which added a new dimension to the otherwise ubiquitous dish.
The Seafood Aglio Olio ($16.80) came adorned with three beautiful huge, juicy-looking prawns. The pasta was well-seasoned with garlic and chilli and was topped with squid as well.
A really interesting dish we had was the Flaming Pizza ($14.80)! First time seeing a pizza being served this way. Some alcohol was poured on top of the pizza and it was set on fire, with the flames licking the cheese, melting it, while giving a slight char to the crust.
If I had to choose between the Wagyu Burger ($19.80) and the Mini Beef Burgers ($16.80), I’d probably go for the latter because they tasted pretty much the same, with a difference in price. It was nice that the patty was thick and juicy, but it didn’t leave much of an impression.
Up till this point, Atmosphere Cafe had not impressed much, as I felt their dishes were rather standard. Though decent, there was nothing that made it stand out. Thankfully, its saving grace lies in the form of its drinks & desserts. Atmosphere’s barista, Serene, is super talented and churned out countless creations of 3D & normal (or not-so-normal) latte art that had us ooh-ing and ahh-ing with delight. Initially wow-ed by the 3D latte art, we ended up falling in love with my halloween minion design which was so crazily adorable! Drinks range from $6 for a coffee, to $9.50 for a Baileys Hot Chocolate, and 3D latte art is an additional $1.
If you’re craving a drink with more kick, check out their alcohol selection which includes these Kirin Frozen Beers. We tried the Lime & Cranberry flavours ($13 each) and concluded that the Lime was a clear winner. With a distinctive citrusy flavour, this was a refreshing twist to the beer, and a lovely complement to the food.
We were spoilt with the dessert offerings! The dessert counter beckoned with a tempting display of cakes, tarts and macarons. The Rainbow Cake ($7.80) was enjoyably light and fluffy, which was a relief after the heavy meal. Despite my fullness, I thoroughly relished the richness of the Chocolate Truffle Cake nonetheless and couldn’t help digging into it greedily even though my tummy barely had any space left. The Lemon Meringue Tart ($6.80) was alright, but lacked the punch that I look for in lemon tarts.
The Fluffy Snowfall ($12.80) was a gorgeous stack of thick, fluffy pancakes. I like!!! These were really well done, with just the right texture. Dressed with blueberries and whipped cream, it was simply presented, but hit the right notes.
For lava cake lovers, check out Atmosphere’s rendition – Marigold ($12.80). To stand out from the sea of lava cakes out there, this version features a custard-y cheese interior. The flavour was nostalgically familiar, but somehow I couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was! It flowed out beautifully, with a salted-egg yolk appearance, and was a really interesting dessert.
Finally, the pièce de résistance was the Black Pearl Chocolate Bomb ($15.80). Fans of chocolate, you HAVE to order this. I first tried something like this in a Gordon Ramsey restaurant in London. I fell head over heels in love. And I never thought I’d have the chance to try this again; especially not in Singapore. I was over the moon when this dish was served to our table. Piping hot chocolate sauce slowly poured over a perfectly round chocolate sphere. The ball slowly melts away, revealing a deep, dark chocolate-y interior.
This sat atop a bed of berries and cookie crumbs, which helped to provide a contrast in mouthfeel to the chocolate. A warning, this is an intensely rich dish. Do not attempt to finish it on your own. It’s so damn good though ^^
Atmosphere Cafe & Bistro
321 Alexandra Road
Alexandra Central Mall #02-01
Tel: +65 6250 4863