Plentyfull

September 19, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Plentyfull
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-79 Millenia Walk


http://plentyfull.com/


Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage (SGD $28)



Fresh, Hearty, Healthy Modern European Dishes

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $48 per person.


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Opening its doors in August 2016, Plentyfull is a casual, modern European fusion restaurant and patisserie whose concept is an ever-changing menu of creative dishes, made with the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced straight from the farms. Founder Claudia Sondakh envisaged Plentyfull to be a place of restoration, a shared communal experience of great tasting, honest food and relaxed casual conversations.

Ambience at Plentyfull lives up to its idea of a relaxed, casual, communal space. The large open space, with ample natural lighting, lends a sense of freedom, the erasing of boundaries. Diners can see and interact with the kitchen and bar staff, and the store and takeaway counter in front feels like a farmer's market. I love the natural, bright vegetable dye colours and pattern of the furniture against the contrast of the bare concrete floor. Very inviting and comfortable, suitable for long, lingering meals.

Service at Plentyfull could be better, though I suppose being new, staff do need time to gain experience. The entire service experience is decent, with no major hiccups, but I feel there is a lot of potential here. While friendly, staff do tend to miss diners walking in, it's possible to wander all the way in without anyone meeting you. Staff don't possess good product knowledge yet, though the menu does have helpful descriptions of dishes. They do try to accomodate special requests, and orders are fulfilled relatively quickly. Have yet to see them manage a full capacity though.

Food at Plentyfull follows a simple, healthy, fresh philosophy. Head Chef Victor and Pastry Chef Alicia use seasonal, good quality ingredients, and they make many items from scratch. Dishes are big in portion size and hearty, typically modern European fusion in style. Very tasty as well, kept to a few ingredients, each shining on the plate. Clean, fresh, and so good. Prices are naturally high, comparable to other bistros, partly because of their effort in making items from scratch. Budget about SGD $48 per person for a decent meal here, without alcoholic drinks.


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Plentyfull Exterior


Plentyfull Interior


Plentyfull Store
Plentyfull Store


Popcorn Shelf


Bar & Kitchen


Private Room


Menu Sets


Menu Desserts


Menu Drinks Non-Alcoholic


Menu Drinks Alcoholic


Menu Mains & Sides


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Disappointed with the Latte (SGD $5), it had poorly drawn coffee art, looking very sloppy. Taste is decent at best, moderate acidity and body. Nothing worth shouting about, you'll get better coffee elsewhere.

Latte (SGD $5)



The Hot Chocolate (SGD $7) here is the thin, light version, which I didn't like. Wish it was richer and more robust in chocolate flavour. But I loved the precise art the barista produced!

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate (SGD $7)



They offer a Beer Brewerkz Pilsner (SGD $15) on tap here. This has a subtle malt flavour, pleasant hop aroma, and a clean finish.

Beer Brewerkz Pilsner (SGD $15)



Head Chef Victor showcases his creativity in many dishes here. Loved the fresh, baked on the premises, fragrant House Flatbread (SGD $10), with its crisp texture and taste of grains. Served with a creative extra virgin olive oil laced with a floral sweet elderflower caramel, and a seaweed nori butter that has an earthy nutty flavour. Good!

House Flatbread (SGD $10)


House Flatbread


House Flatbread



Absolutely loved the Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage (SGD $28). The smooth, rich, and creamy paprika spiced root vegetable mash (potato, parsnip, turnip) has a nice starchy spicy flavour, while the microgreens of mizuna / Japanese mustard seedlings lend a wonderful fresh, sharp, earthy grassy flavour. The star is the trio of tightly packed, smoked lamb merguez sausage. In classic Morocco / North African style, it's made with minced lamb meat, white rice, and a host of powdered spices including cumin, garlic, fennel, sumac, and harissa. Perfectly grilled, the result is sausages which are bold in flavour, with smoky spiced savoury taste that has a hint of salty. Served with a green goddess mole, a refreshing herb dipping sauce of parsley, dill, lemon juice, and tarragon.. Highly recommended!

Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage (SGD $28)


Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage



The light, carb-free Char-Grilled Farmed Barramundi (SGD $26) has a base of fresh, seasonal vegetables. During my visit, this included crunchy leeks, earthy seaweed, tender broccolini, and sweet spinach. Served in a mellow yuzu wasabi glaze / sauce, which has notes of sweet sour salty zesty, very tasty. The star is the quick braised then char-grilled fillet of barramundi fish, tender white flesh with a nice sweet savoury flavour, complemented by a hint of smoky aroma. This fish was sustainably farmed in Singapore. Super light dish, healthy, and tasty. Very good!

Char-Grilled Farmed Barramundi (SGD $26)


Char-Grilled Farmed Barramundi



The Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl (SGD $26) is excellent. Chunks of perfectly seared, smoky savoury mangalica pork jowl, with a tender, moist texture. The pork jowl has good marbling, silvers of fat between the strips of meat, lending big flavour. Served with grilled pineapple dusted with 5-spice powder, the savoury spice mixing with the sweet caramelised taste of the fruit, giving it a bold flavour. Garnished with crunchy red radish and a base of creamy buckwheat and bacon porridge. Highly recommended!

Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl (SGD $26)


Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl


Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl



The Strozzapreti Ala Nicoise (SGD $24) is a light and healthy vegetarian pasta. It features chewy rolled semolina pasta noodles, in a tasty savoury sweet anchovy gravy, garnished with red radish, white onions, tender smoky grilled zucchini, earthy green olives, sharp mint leaves, and juicy yellow squash. But the star for me was the locally farmed cherry tomatoes, bright, juicy, and intense in flavour, the most floral I've ever tasted. Excellent dish!

Strozzapreti Ala Nicoise (SGD $24)


Strozzapreti Ala Nicoise



Pastry Chef Alicia bakes some excellent desserts here. The Yuzu Meringue Tart (SGD $8) is great. A buttery, crumbly pastry tart base envelops a wobbly yuzu curd, with notes of tangy zesty sweet sour. Not as sharp as a typical lemon curd, it's more palatable and pleasing. Topped with a light, airy sweet French meringue, gently torched on the edges, which gives it a nice caramelised colour. Very good!

Yuzu Meringue Tart (SGD $8)


Yuzu Meringue Tart
Yuzu Meringue Tart


Yuzu Meringue Tart



The Vanilla Crème Brûlée (SGD $7) here is a straight forward, classic French dessert, except that it's served chilled. The smooth, creamy custard has hints of floral sweet vanilla flavour, and I like the thin, crisp, caramelised sugar crust which cracks beautifully. However, it lacks that edge to make it outstanding, hovering just above average. Decent enough as a dessert, though they have much better items on the menu.

Vanilla Crème Brûlée (SGD $7)


Vanilla Crème Brûlée



The Queen's Cake (SGD $9) is possibly the best dessert here. Fit for royalty, the sweet strawberry sponge cake has a soft, light, moist, airy texture. Layered with a floral rose cream, sour raspberries, and sweet lychees, resulting in a rich cake that is delicate and floral fruity in taste. This made my day, and if you only get 1 dessert, please get this. Highly recommended!

Queen's Cake (SGD $9)


Queen's Cake



The Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake (SGD $9) has a creamy smooth, rich texture, though it's a tad soft, and should have been left to set a little longer. Taste is delicious, sweet with the floral aroma of maple syrup and cinnamon spice, followed by the buttery biscuit crumble base. Pretty good!

Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake (SGD $9)


Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake



The Mango Coconut Cake (SGD $9) is a very good rendition of a dessert cake. A soft, fluffy, moist vanilla sponge cake, layered with fruity sweet mango and floral earthy coconut cream, topped with dessicated coconut that has a light toasted flavour. So good!

Mango Coconut Cake (SGD $9)


Mango Coconut Cake



The Devil's Food Cake With Bittersweet Ganache (SGD $9) has a rich, moist, dense chocolate sponge cake, having a bold bitter sweet chocolate flavour. Layered with Valrhona chocolate ganache, each bite feels luxurious yet comforting. Chocolate-gasm max. Highly recommended!

Devil's Food Cake With Bittersweet Ganache (SGD $9)


Devil's Food Cake With Bittersweet Ganache



The Miso Souffle (SGD $16) will appeal to those who like their desserts with a strong salty savoury flavour. Served with a toasted walnut ice cream, which has a lovely fragrant nutty sweet smoky flavour, this dessert has a creamy thick souffle, rather like a custard. Personally, I would have preferred a lighter, more airy texture. But I like its unique flavour, strong but not overwhelming.

Miso Souffle (SGD $16)


Miso Souffle


Miso Souffle



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