The last time I went to Bochinche, I was really impressed by their Brunch menu and have been telling many of my friends that it has become one of my top few picks for a good cosy place to have a hearty weekend brunch. Having heard many raving reviews about the Argentinian spread the dining restaurant serves during dinner, I came back this time round to try out the main menu that the much acclaimed restaurant has to offer.
Chef Diego Jacquet was recently in Singapore and did a few changes to Bochinche’s main menu. Trying to dispel the common notion that Argentinean cuisine is all about meat, he still places strong emphasis on a wide variety of quality ingredients (some uncommonly seen in our local dining scene), providing for a medley of bold flavours in the array of dishes he invents.
“Queso de chancho” ($15.00)
The Braised Pig’s Head Croquettes should be more for an acquired taste while the exterior was delightfully crusty and fortunately not too greasy. I thought the Quince spread made it a notch better and I enjoyed it a lot more than when the croquette was had on its own.
Grilled Ox Tongue, Pickled Japanese Eggplant, Parmesan & Gremolata ($15.00)
A delicacy that might come across as a little more exotic to some, the scrumptious meat was done remarkably tender and was well- accompanied by the other varying ingredients, endowing the meat with an additional layer of richness. This was a surprisingly good dish that is worthy of being given a try.
Grilled Watermelon salad, Tomatoes, Burrata & Pumpkin seeds ($15.00)
One of my personal favourites of the night, the soul- satisfying combination of differing sweet flavours and comforting textures provided for a memorable impressionable gastronomical experience on the palate, largely because of the remarkable freshness and quality of the ingredients. The Grilled Watermelon salad, Tomatoes, Burrata & Pumpkin seeds is definitely a must- have appetiser to share.
Grilled & Raw Asparagus Salad, Leeks Custard, Caramelised Egg Yolk and Anchovies ($23.00)
If you are a fan of Asparagus, it should be easy for you to like this one. Lent by a hit of salty sweet richness from the Caramelised Egg Yolk and creaminess from the Leeks Custard, the dish made quite an impression on my tastebuds.
Grilled Octopus, Smoked Leeks, Purple Potatoes and Tuna Mayo ($23.00)
Beautifully plated, the Grilled Octopus, Smoked Leeks, Purple Potatoes and Tuna Mayo was as pleasing to the eyes as it was to one’s palate. The Tuna Mayo made a fine accompaniment to everything on the plate, while the Grilled Octopus was delectably chewy with a light crisp to one’s bite.
Caramelised Pork Belly, Grilled Prawn, Sweet Potato & Crispy Chorizo ($29.00)
Craving for both Poultry and Seafood? This number from Bochinche provides you with the best of both worlds- the Pork Belly was meltingly decadent and the sizeable Grilled Prawn was wonderfully succulent, both outshining everything else on the plate.
Yellow fin tuna, Grilled Pak Choi, Spicy Humita & crispy “Aji Molido” Tofu ($30.00)
The Yellow fin tuna, Grilled Pak Choi, Spicy Humita & crispy “Aji Molido” Tofu was one of my favourites of the night, done with a distinctive Asian touch to it as compared to the other numbers. The Yellow fin tuna was excellently executed- I would feel if that was what the chef was trying to achieve- a slight rawness to the slices remained. The “Aji Molido” Tofu did steal a bit of the spotlight, given how it spelled comfort with its hot silky tofu hidden within the spiced breaded crust.
Quince Glazed Duck breast, Grilled Porcini, Rainbow Chard & Mascarpone ($29.00)
The main highlight of the Quince Glazed Duck breast, Grilled Porcini, Rainbow Chard & Mascarpone was surprisingly good; hearty chunks of Duck breast that pleased the stomach and tugged on one’s heart- strings.
Bife Angosto- Sirloin ($49.00)
A premium cut of 300g, the insides of the Bife Angosto were noticeably uniformly pink and the meaty juices were delightfully delicious. Among us, opinions were split over its execution, but it did certainly taste fine to me and satisfied my cravings for steak. Choices from their beef selection are available in bigger sizes and are all cut to order.
Bitter Chocolate Tart, Chilli flakes, Yogurt & Chocolate Ice cream ($16.00)
A pool of dark chocolate all snuggled in a crusty pastry shell, and topped with Chocolate Ice cream, the Chilli Flakes and Yogurt might appear to be a rather peculiar addition but it all somehow worked for me- the subtle spiciness at the back of every mouthful was notably distinguished and it made it all a little more exciting.
Grilled Pineapple, Mate Tea Granité & “Arroz Con Leche” Sorbet, Lemon Crumble ($18.00)
The flavours came well together though the sharp tartness from the Grilled Pineapple might be a tad assertive at first. Those who prefer sour desserts, should be fond of this one.
Bochinche has impressed me once again and with a convincing dinner menu as well, I would really like to pay a return visit, regardless if it is for brunch or dinner. While some might feel that the Argentinian cuisine can be a little foreign to their palates, I would think that the gastronomical experience for me was certainly not quite so, there was still a certain familiarity behind the ingredients, execution and the savoury profiles of the dishes.
Many thanks to Ms. Janet from the Spa Espirit Group for the kind invitation.
22 Martin Road
Contact Number: 6235 4990
Tuesdays to Fridays: 12.00pm till 3.00pm, 5.30pm till 10.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 11.00am till 3.30pm, 5.30pm till 10.30pm