Black White Tale – Cheese Wheel Pasta In A Cafe? Unbelievable!
In a (not so) faraway land, there was a tale that was known to few — Black White Tale. The cafe’s name alone would surely tempt writers like me to narrate the experience here as a fairy tale. While the moments here aren’t truly the magical kind you might expect, I promise you that the cafe grub and vibe here will conclude your trip here with “a happily ever after”. Little surprises lie in every corner of Black White Tale. Displayed at its storefront is a mini beer tower joined by blackboards inscribed with happy hour promotions. This World Cup season, Black White Tale is opening their premises until 2am for World Cup fans to tail (tale, geddit?) upcoming matches. You know what that means for the followers of World Cup. Talk about an excellent opportunity for a rowdy boys’ night out (girls too, of course). For those interested in fortune-telling, Black White Tale also offers divination in the form of tarot reading ($6). If feasting in a cafe and getting your fortunes told don’t fascinate you, what does?
The menu is made up entirely of main courses with a European flair. “I am from Hong Kong, and I always enjoy food and cooking,” The owner, Robert, shared. Robert met his wife, a Singaporean, in a western restaurant back in Hong Kong. After relocating to Singapore, Robert left his corporate job to become an F&B entrepreneur. “The cuisine at Black White Tale focuses on delivering innovative, yet comforting, western food. You can enjoy dining here whether day or night, hence the name”.
Robert and his wife are cheese fanatics. Inspired by their love for cheese, coupled with motivation from their family member living in Switzerland, they decided to serve cheesy dishes at extremely wallet-friendly prices. Not only are the prices affordable, the dishes deserve praise for their presentation and quality. They didn’t hold back on the dramatics while creating each dish. Watching the Truffle Oil Cheese Wheel Fettucine & Scallops ($18.90) being served was akin to watching something that would appear on Buzzfeed. One of the staff, Ben, wheeled out a trolley with a wheel of parmesan cheese and fettuccine. The still-hot pasta was tossed in the cold cheese wheel, and each strand of fettuccine was coated in melted luscious cheese. The show ended when the pasta was plated.
Expect al dente fettuccine which is heavily perfumed by truffle oil. Despite the amount of cheese used to coat the pasta, it actually didn’t taste as cheesy as it looked, and the aroma of the parmesan was pretty light. In fact, the richness of the cheese was just right. The bacon and mushroom really gave the noodles a savoury edge. Of course, I saved the best for last. The grilled scallops, which added a touch of luxury, to the already extravagant dish, was just the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this dish, especially if you’re a fan of theatrics.
Raclette cheese has indeed hit local shores hard. There’s just something alluring about watching the So Shiok Beef Burger ($16.90) being blanketed by velvety smooth raclette cheese. Haven’t had raclette cheese? I would compare it with the likes of brie, except that it is less pungent. The odour might take some getting used to if you’re not a big fan of cheese. A side of cajun shoestring fries accompanied the burger. Remember to tuck in as soon as possible, as the cheese hardens pretty quickly.
The beef patty is cooked to a perfect medium. The natural flavours of the beef, which could use a tad more seasoning, complemented the strong pungent flavours of the cheese excellently. The so shiok burger is definitely warrants a try.
Pick your poison, or potion, from the list of magical sounding beverages. The Rainforest Honey Lemon Juice ($3.80) is a delightfully refreshing lemon juice that carries a little sweetness. A pretty great drink to go along with the cheese-laden dishes, methinks!
The grub here is surely what food dreams are made of. Black White Tale promises a story you won’t forget. We all lived (and ate) happily ever after. The end.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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