Through a joint venture with PUTIEN, SUFOOD has expanded from Taiwan into Singapore, the city of endless food. SUFOOD Singapore is the first outlet outside of Taiwan, and is a casual vegetarian restaurant at Raffles City Shopping Centre that can sit 140.
SUFOOD Singapore has a very clean, simplistic design, just what is being offered here as well, fresh ingredients and a clean-tasting palate. Its menu is Italian-inspired, and not only do they offer ala-carte, an 8-course menu ($25++) is also one of its highlights. If you would require the set menu to be in vegan or lacto-ovo style, feel free to arrange with the waitperson too.
The 8-course meal began with (1) The SUFOOD Appetiser, a trio platter of cherry tomato jelly, poached Japanese Yuca root drizzled with a blueberry coulis, and a stack of oriental white water snowflake greens. The ‘bread basket’ then came with (2) Rosemary Bread Sticks, warm and good with the accompanying mustard. A shot of (3) Vinegar is then introduced to cleanse the palate. Very potent and sour, too much for my preference.
We moved on to our fouth course, (4) Salad. I really liked the Mushroom Salad, its flavour akin to those you get in wedding banquets. Some broccoli, some mushrooms, some cucumber; simple and straightforward. The Summer Salad wasn’t too bad, but more for serious (raw) vegetables lover as it comes with sweet potato, carrot, pepper and seasonal fruits served with Thousand Island dressing.
I say go for the traditional Asian Root Soup for your choice of (5) Soup. It shall be your choice if you like some homely-tasting brewed soup. The Mushroom & Pea Pottage, on the other hand, didn’t quite strike my fancy. I thought the smell and flavour of pea overpowered the mushroom. It was slightly too thick and gooey, texture wise.
I did not expect much in a Vegetarian restaurant, but I was quite impressed with their (6) Main Course. Both the golden baked Star Pizza and Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle were above average at least. The former has a thin crust, which was good in aiding to bring out the flavour of the oyster mushroom, cream cheese and salted seaweed. I especially like the surprise stuffing of cheese in the crust. Though it’s not the liquid melty cheese, it being in powder form was sufficient. The latter had a noticeable charcoal flavour to its pasta, and the generous portion of chewy, good-bite King Oyster mushrooms sauteed in light olive oil and homemade dressing was much enjoyable, making the dish much less boring. I’m torn between the two which is better.
Too bad though, it wasn’t a sweet ending with their (7) Desserts. The hot chocolate is the kind where it hardens upon contact with the vanilla ice cream. The Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate reminds me of McDonald’s Chocolate Ice Cream Cone, but even more artificial. The Osmanthus Flower Jelly was so-so, well at least it was aromatic.
Our meal ended with (8) Drinks, that include healthy hot and iced ones like Iced Passionfruit Calamansi Tea, Hot Yuzu Chamomile Tea, and eco-friendly coffee / tea.
For $25++, though with hits and misses, I still think it’s rather value-for-money – especially if you are looking for a vegetarian meal, or are a vegetarian. I didn’t expect myself to be filled, but I was. And the bad items, aren’t that bad to keep me away. At the very least, their main courses, at least the ones I tried, were good.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #02-19 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Telephone: 6333 5338
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (daily)
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