Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction- New Gourmet Rice Bowls In The Menu
After 2 years, I am back at Platypus Kitchen for dinner. This casual Italian and american inspired restaurant serves up contemporary cuisine in a fun, lively and convivial environment. They have shifted to Level 1 of Bugis Junction and have introduced new gourmet bowls and grilled chicken. To be honest, I am very impressed with what I had that night.
The newly renovated Platypus Kitchen is more cozy with a semi-private space that can seat up to 14 persons. Platypus also hosts Project Dingo, their bar concept with amazing craft cocktails and perpetual ‘Good Lobang’ promotions, serving up your first drink at $6. Go for the Coco-crusted strawberry daiquiri!
Our dinner started proper with Roasted Pumpkin Soup ($8.90) and Chilli Crab Asian Buns ($10.50 for 3pcs). They slow roast pumpkins for 2 hours before making it into a rich puree for the delicate yet robust pumpkin soup. We love the chilli crab buns with an impeccable combination of spiciness, sweetness and savouriness, complementing with the steamed buns.
The Salmon & Ikura Gourmet Rice Bowl ($25.90) looks unassuming but it has risen to be one of your favourites! The perfectly sous-vide salmon with generous ikura sits on top of a bed of furikake seasoned Japonica rice. Pour the matcha dashi broth over the gourmet bowl, rounding out the flavours and making this dish even more delicious! Those amazing fish eggs just burst in your mouth and oozes super savoury nectar.
The Ribeye & Truffle Gourmet Rice Bowl ($26.90) is another great option not to be missed. The char-grilled marbled ribeye beef with shaved truffles is delicious and served with a perfect onsen egg on a bed of Japonica rice, drizzled with honey truffle soy sauce. The ribeye is tender with very strong truffle aroma, say YES to the onsen egg to coat the rice and beef in its oozy, yolky glory.
Did I mention how juicy and tender their Cast-Iron Grilled Chicken (half chicken $21.90; whole chicken $39.90) is? Marinated in a brine for 24 hours then cooked sous-vide at a precise temperature, the chicken is finished à la minute on a 350 degree cast iron grilled before being served to us. They use birds which are ethically treated and are delivered fresh everyday. We heard the team took 9 months of hard work to perfect the method, with precise temperatures and timings. Choose from Mexican Lime & Thyme, Italian Rosemary Garlic, or Korean Spicy Sesame. The end result is soft yet not losing the springy texture, with flavours seeping through every layer of meat that just tickle our tastebuds. No wonder it is one of the nicest chicken in town!
I have been to Platypus Kitchen so many times (read here and here) that I think I have tried almost all the pastas in the menu already. But something that I would always return for, is the Spicy Diablo Crab & Prawn ($19.90). The best seller for the past 4 years, their handmade fresh tagolini is tossed in a piquant spicy garlic cream, served with char-grilled prawns and crab claw meat. It is a rich combo of tangy, savory, creamy and spicy all tossed into one.
I don’t really have sweet tooth but we were recommended to try their perfectly-wobbly Molten Lava Dark Chocolate Cake ($12.90) baked without using flour. Shake it a bit, coat your spoon with the chocolate goodness and have it together with the vanilla ice cream. I felt it was too nua (soft) for me, but well, the husband likes it.
If you are dropping by here for brunch, you got to try their signature Salted Caramel French Toast where you get an entire piping bag of freshly whipped vanilla creme for you to DIY your own decorations on the plate! There are also new and interesting dishes such as linguini of prawns, rocket and lime, and Sous-vide Eggs Shakshuka – their rendition of a classic north African breakfast staple.
Address: Bugis Junction #01-90, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Phone: +65 6333 4434
Opening Hours: lunch 11:30am - 5:30pm daily; dinner 5:30pm - 10:30pm (sun - thurs) & 5:30pm - 11:30pm (fri & sat); brunch 11:30am - 5:30pm (sat & sun)