Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre

Category : Afternoon Tea, European, French, Modern Asian, Seafood, Western

The food & ambience at Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre is amazing!

Kuvo is a lifestyle concept by TCC and its secret location is on the 2nd floor of Orchard Shopping Centre, where Lei Garden used to occupy.

Stepping into Kuvo is like entering into a different world, away from the bustling crowd of Orchard road and old façade of Orchard Shopping Centre.

I would never have guess that there’s such an exquisite restaurant here if not for the recommendation of my old friend 😀

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We are here today to go through the wedding details of our groom-to-be while tucking into the gorgeous food of Kuvo by TCC.

I always enjoy myself in the company of my classmates and the good food @ Kuvo is just icing on the cake 🙂

Kuvo recently changed their menu from all day breakfast to small plates aka tapas. I love tapas!

And Kuvo’s tapas received raves from the class. They’re amazing albeit pricey.

Our evening started with Kuvo Portobello with Asparagus & Jalapeno @ S$12++. It’s sautéed portobello mushroom and green asparagus with jalapeno peppers and cherry tomato. Nicely seasoned, perfect texture.

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And as declared, this is the best Grilled Octopus @ S$16++ we’ve ever eaten. Kuvo’s sous-vide octopus leg with slow-cooked potato and smoked paprika is perfect.Nice flavour and perfect texture. Highly recommended.

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Here’s the dish of the night, Kuvo English Scotch Egg @ S$14 with melted edam cheese and red wine onion au jus (choice of wagyu beef, veal or tuna). The choice made here is wagyu beef & we had 2 orders of it! *Thumbs up*

I heard that this dish is not commonly available at restaurants because of the difficulty to achieve a nicely done egg with runny yolk within the meat. This is a must have when dining at Kuvo!

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This is a very different Calamari @ S$16++ sautéed in garlic and extra virgin olive oil with pork charizo. This also received positive reviews while I’m partial to it.

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Another dish which we had 2 orders of is Kuvo Coffee Hot Wings @ S$14++ with baby carrot crudités and blue cheese dip.

Crispy, spicy, yummy with a nice twist of blue cheese dip. *Thumbs up*

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Amidst all the positive reviews, we were served Kuvo Atlantic Cod Meuniere @ S$20++ with sweet pea-crusted fresh cod medallion with pearl barley fricassee and citrus nutty-brown butter.

I’m not a fan of pea so nothing much to comment here, but the texture of the Atlantic Cod is…yes, you guessed it, perfect. Very nice 🙂

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As for carbs, we had Kuvo Slipper Lobster Laksa Lemak @ S$14++ with half slipper lobster and thick vermicelli in spicy assam coconut broth. Compared to the earlier dishes, this is a little lacklustre.

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Ending our lovely meal on a healthy note is Kuvo Caesar 63°C @ S$12++ with premium italian prosciutto, 63°C slow-cooked egg, housemade casesar dressing and delectable parmigiano-reggiano shaves, with added smoked salmon @ S$3++.

It’s not bad though its egg is nothing compared to The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah 62 Degree Eggs.

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All in all, I highly recommend Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre *Thumbs up* 😉

Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre (View in Google Maps)
321 Orchard Road #02-01
Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
GPS: 1.3034378,103.8325886
Tel: +65 6733 8272
Fax: +65 6733 9190


Sun – Thu & Public Holiday
12pm – 1am

Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday
12pm – 2am



(Closed) Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes

Category : Modern Asian

Chijmes @ Cityhall has undergone quite a bit of renovation since my last visit. Walls were replaced with grills and shops were replaced by restaurants.

There is also a whole lot more Japanese restaurants in Chijmes but my favourite one, Japanese Dining SUN at Chijmes, has long ceased operation. Their set lunches were absolutely delicious and very value for money. Sad~

Enough reminiscence. Today, we’re here to try the food at Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes. Here & There refers to Dine Here (Left) & Drink There (Right).

After being seated, we were handed an iPad for ordering. High Tech.

Since it’s our first time visiting Here & There, we were unsure of what to order and went with the Executive Set Lunch.

Coincidentally all of us ordered the same main course, Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon. But we have 2 different starters.

I had the Smoked Duck Salad which is pretty nice. The Duck slices are nicely seasoned and not overly salty. They’re not tough either.

However I didn’t like the arugula. I wished there was more dressing to cover the natural bitterness of arugula (to me at least).

When I saw the Prawn & Guacamole, it’s different from what I had imagined it to be. Like the Smoked Duck Salad, it’s very nicely plated and there’re four plump prawns with a generous serving of guacamole that’s “very avocado”. Nice~

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When the starters were served, we can see that extra attention has been paid to the food presentation. This reminded us of Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC & its tiny portions. Luckily, Here & There’s Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon isn’t as small. Phew~

Back to Here & There’s Main. I like Here & There’s concept of having 2 different sauces, Ginger Emulsion & Pumpkin Puree, in their Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon. Within the same dish, I can have 2 different experiences. Personally I like both and prefer the Pumpkin Puree sauce. The salmon skin is also nice & crispy.

However, there is 1 thing I dislike. Personally I prefer my salmon to be slightly raw, like Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Rd’s Norwegian Salmon Fillet. Here & There’s Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon is fully cooked. This results in very dry texture. I have to chew longer and harder haha…Of course this is a personal preference 🙂

We would have gone on to our dessert, Crème Caramel BUT we noticed that all the other patrons around us are having Kushiyaki Sticks! Are we missing something?

Here & There’s server & chef kindly acceded to our request to change our Executive Set Lunch from 3 to 2 course and we ordered Set Lunch D – Pork Lovers for sharing.

How not to drool over this? Great presentation (as usual) and it comes with miso soup & rice. Definitely filling. No wonder it’s popular. Amongst the flavours I tried, Shiitake & Asparagus win hands down. Yum~

And for tea lovers out there, I LOVE Here & There’s Earl Grey Tea that comes with the Executive Set Lunch. I wonder if they are really Gryphon Tea Company’s?

PS: A server shared that Here & There’s Kushiyaki Sticks Set Lunch are popular amongst lunch goers. Do note that they are only available on weekdays from noon to 2pm.

Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes (View in Google Maps)
30 Victoria Street #01-11/12/13/18
Singapore 187996
GPS: 1.295262,103.851676
Tel: +65 6333 0116

Mon – Thu: Noon –11pm
Fri: Noon – 1am
Sat: 4pm – 1am
Sun: 4pm – 11pm