Chic and classic is what defines this bistro. Simple, black & white, but it delivers – and that is what’s most important. I got The Entertainer App for the last two months of this year, and we’re just trying to make the most of it while we can! Honestly not many opportunities though, considering I’m out of Singapore for nearly half of December.
I’ve been wanting to try Monochrome Fusion Bistro for awhile, but I somehow couldn’t bring myself to, because the food just seemed a tad overpriced. Not expensive, but I wasn’t sure if such cafe food was worth the price they were charging. With The Entertainer App however, there was no such worry because it then became so worth it! Sometimes we did wonder whether portions shrank because we had 1-for-1 though. But looking at other photos, I guess not.
The Beer Battered Fish and Chips ($18) was the first dish to arrive at our table and we were rather taken aback by its puny size. This picture is probably not an accurate depiction of its size. There were just two smallish sizes of fish. The saving grace was that this was by far one of the most flavourful fish and chips I’ve eaten. It was clearly beer-infused, with a distinct essence, and was lightly battered such that it wasn’t too oily.
The Asian Pork Belly ($23) had a delicious teriyaki sauce (I think?), though the texture wasn’t as soft as I would have liked it to be. The lean areas of the pork seemed a little hard, though it was still tasty. The highlights of the dish had to be the peaches and criss-cut fries which were super duper addictive!! This featured in the next dish as well, and we absolutely LOVED it. From the seasoning to the crispness of the fries, it was simply perfect.
The Oven-Roasted Chicken ($23) was roasted beautifully, with a crackly skin and piping hot, tender meat within.
We just loved the presentation of the Pan-Seared Barramundi ($21). Simple and elegant – isn’t that plate just gorgeous? The fish was fresh and got grandma’s vote, and we swooned over the mashed potatoes which were so beautifully creamy and milky.
NSFD – Not Safe for Dates. Evidently three years has made me comfortable enough to bare my black teeth in front of Sam, thanks to this Squid Ink Risotto ($24) which left us smacking our lips with glee. Definitely one of my favourite dishes of this meal. While the texture was more like paella than risotto (it wasn’t very creamy unlike what the latter usually is), we weren’t complaining because it made the dish much easier to stomach. Also, a mix of quinoa lent a crunch to the dish, and the scallops were deliciously plump and juicy. Alfalfa sprouts and examine beans helped to provide a balance to counter the richness, and made this very palatable for us.
It seems like Chilli Crab Linguine ($22) is the next big cafe item. Everywhere seems to be serving this dish, and I actually feel that it’s starting to lose its wow factor. Spiciness-wise, this hit the spot, and I liked the tinge of sweetness in the chilli as well. The deep fried soft shell crab was too oily for my liking though, which was a pity.
Quality of food was good, though I would only come here with The Entertainer because the size of the portions are pretty small. Worth a try though!
Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road
Tel.: +65 6221 1798