Supply & Demand

December 20, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Supply & Demand
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-13 Esplanade Colours By The Bay

277 Orchard Road
#02-13 Orchard Gateway


http://www.supplyanddemand.com.sg/


Modern Italian, Southeast Asian Flavours

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 10
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $28 per person.


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Styled as a casual Italian meets Southeast Asian fusion restaurant, Supply & Demand, which is operated by the Cre8 Group, first opened in the Esplanade in September 2013, with their second outlet in Orchard Gateway opening in May 2014. While it started life as a modern Italian Peruvian bistro and rooftop bar, Supply & Demand, whose name references a business economics term, has since evolved by offering more familiar flavours.

Ambience at Supply & Demand is one of the highlights. Industrial chic meets faux greenery, with an eclectic mix of furnishings that resemble both a European countryside home, as well as a streetside cafe. Along with warm decorative lights, wooden shelves lined with books and bottles of wine, faux trees, faux lawn carpets, soft leaf green cushions, and a open kitchen, Supply & Demand exudes a comfortable feel, the sort of place you can linger and pass the day. Love the place!

Service at Supply & Demand is decent enough, but forgettable. Staff are friendly, polite, and efficient, quick to seat diners and take orders. Empty / dirty tables are cleared quickly. Staff display very simple product knowledge, though this is alleviated somewhat as the menu has ample descriptions of each dish. But there is very little engagement overall, and seeing as this is primarily an Italian restaurant, I expected a lot more interaction.

Food at Supply & Demand is all about classic, rustic, Italian dishes in hearty portions. There is also an experimental selection of fusion dishes, inspired by Southeast Asian flavours that the founders experienced on their travels. The Peruvian aspect seems to have been mostly dropped. Generally, I find most dishes here to be decently executed, with above average taste. Prices are affordable for the quality of food, and good value for money, budget about SGD $27 per person for a meal here (without drinks). No surprise that Supply & Demand is often crowded at meal times, and advance reservations are recommended.


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Totally love the atmosphere here, it's a visual feast for the eyes, and comfortable for the soul. A mix of natural, intellectual, playful, industrial, and rustic countryside. This is the sort of place I would return again just for the ambience!

Supply & Demand Exterior
Supply & Demand Exterior


Supply & Demand Interior
Supply & Demand Interior


Seating


Seating


Seating


Book & Wine Shelf


Book Of Jezebel



Coffee here is passable at best, including the Mocha (SGD $7), and Flat White (SGD $6). Likely wouldn't order again.

Mocha (SGD $7)


Flat White (SGD $6)



Brewed from barley malts, the Beer Peroni Nastro Azzurro (SGD $9 / $15) is a straw golden coloured pale Roman lager, whose name means 'Blue Ribbon' in Italian. Poured with a dense white foam head, this beer is known internationally for its young, sparkling, very light body; somewhat odd aroma of grains, skunk, and lemon; taste of crackers, corn, and bread. A really light European beer, refreshing and great for summer days!

Beer Peroni Nastro Azzurro (SGD $9 / $15)


Beer Peroni Nastro Azzurro



The Uova In Cocotte Con Salmone (SGD $18) features coddled egg on penne pasta in a ramekin, coated in a home made cheese and cream sauce, with home baked sourdough bread, garden salad, and rosettes of smoked salmon on the side. While the salmon and salad was decent, I liked the crisp, fragrant, light texture of the sourdough bread, and the savoury salty sweet taste of the penne pasta with egg. The yolk is semi-runny, which provides a visual delight when you dig into it!

Uova In Cocotte Con Salmone (SGD $18)


Uova In Cocotte Con Salmone


Uova In Cocotte Con Salmone



The Polenta Piccolo (SGD $17) features 2 poached eggs over 2 blocks of fried polenta cake, topped with thinly sliced prosciutto crudo di parma / parma ham, drizzled with hollandaise sauce, and sprinkles of grana padano cheese, with a garden salad on the side. I loved how the perfectly poached, runny egg yolk mixed with the polenta cake, which has a nice crisp exterior, and a soft grainy interior. The polenta cake is stuffed with summer vegetables, such as carrot, zucchini, and spinach, and I love its savoury sweet taste. The salty prosciutto crudo di parma / parma ham lends an additional depth of flavour, along with the thick and creamy hollandaise sauce, and ripe and crumbly grana padano cheese.

Polenta Piccolo (SGD $17)


Polenta Piccolo


Polenta Piccolo



The Gratin Dauphinoise dish originated in the Dauphiné region of France, close to the borders of Italy, leading both countries to have versions of this potato and cream casserole dish. The Gratin Dauphinoise With Ham (SGD $18) here is a deconstructed plated version, served with a juicy grilled tomato that bears a tasty, smoky char, a rather dry and limp mesclun salad, 2 bright sunny side up eggs, and a good portion of savoury salty sliced ham. The actual baked potatoes and cream is warm and fluffy, though it seems more like an accompaniment rather than the star. Still a pretty decent dish, worth ordering!

Gratin Dauphinoise With Ham (SGD $18)


Gratin Dauphinoise With Ham


Gratin Dauphinoise With Ham



The S&D Tiramisu (SGD $14) arrives in a large glass jar, and I find it's done quite closely to the traditional Italian version. The espresso soaked savoiardi / ladyfinger sponge biscuits are soft, with an intense coffee flavour, and the layers of creamy mascarpone cheese mixed with whipped cream and egg lend a richness to this decadent dessert. There are also 2 kinds of liqueur within, lending a sharp flavour to this sweet, creamy, and luxurious dessert! Highly recommended!

S&D Tiramisu (SGD $14)


S&D Tiramisu


S&D Tiramisu



The Calamari Fritto (SGD $15) is a generous mess tin of fresh squid, with a crisp, light, golden batter. Love the bouncy / chewy texture of the squid, clean and delicious! The pizzaiola sauce on the side lends a touch of juicy sweetness, but is rather light in texture. Good appetizer for sharing!

Calamari Fritto (SGD $15)


Calamari Fritto


Calamari Fritto



Love the Hand Made Arancini (SGD $14), which are small, round croquettes of risotto rice and mozzarella cheese. Bite into the warm croquettes, and you get the satisfiying crunch of the light crumb batter, then the earthy, savoury taste of the moist risotto rice, and the gooey cheese. It's rather loosely packed, and despite their small size, is actually filling! Highly recommended!

Hand Made Arancini (SGD $14)


Hand Made Arancini



The Puttanesca (SGD $14 / $18), also known as Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca, is a tangy, sweet savoury, slightly salty dish that originated from Campania and/or Lazio, in South Italy. Featuring al-dente spaghetti noodle pasta in a rustic, semi-dry tomato sauce, made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, black olives, anchovy fishes, capers, and dried chili peppers, garnished with fresh herbs. Lovely dish, incredibly tasty, so fresh... Highly recommended!

The story of its origin says it was invented by a nightclub owner in 1950s, when a group of hungry customers demanded he make them something at closing time, saying "Facci una puttanata qualsiasi," or "Make any kind of garbage". He invented this dish from whatever remained in the kitchen, hence the dish name literally means "spaghetti in the garbage style" in Italian!


Puttanesca (SGD $14 / $18)


Puttanesca


Puttanesca



The Alfredo (SGD $14 / $18) differs from other versions elsewhere, as the savoury taste is much deeper here. The semi-soft spaghetti noodle pasta sits in a lovely cream sauce, thickened with cheese, with savoury salty bacon slices, smoky grilled chicken chunks, and rather firm green peas. It also differs from the traditional version, which uses fettuccine noodle pasta instead. The strong savoury taste of this dish makes it pleasing to eat. Good dish!

The dish is named after Italian restaurateur Alfredo Di Lelio, who first made this dish in 1908 with parmigiano-reggiano / parmesan cheese and butter. The 'fettuccine all’Alfredo' is famed worldwide, and today, can even be found packaged in jars as a sauce.


Alfredo (SGD $14 / $18)


Alfredo


Alfredo



The Risotto Alla Zucca (SGD $24), or Pumpkin Risotto, has a nice al-dente bite to the flavourful risotto rice, and you can taste the distinct grains, which has absorbed the fragrant, light cabbage vegetable stock and butter. The chunks of pumpkin are floral sweet with a tender texture, while the sun-dried tomatoes lend a bright, sour tangy taste. The main issue is the overpowering flavour of garlic, which drowns out the other more delicate flavours, to the point where it's hard to taste anything else but garlic. Could have been much better, but as it is, a terribly underwhelming dish.

Risotto Alla Zucca (SGD $24)


Risotto Alla Zucca


Risotto Alla Zucca



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