Kilo is situated within a multi- concept store dubbed as Pact, which offers a range of trendy consumer products. The restaurant prides itself on its sincerity that comes with its dishes- they serve comfort food made with their heart. A thorough look through the menu also provides the impression that strong Japanese influences are incorporated in the offerings at Kilo.
The main dining area comprises a long bar setting and several tables set up around the area. The style of the restaurant blends very well with the overall concept of the store, a hip yet cosy setting for a restaurant that may be a tad unfamiliar to many local diners, I would say. It could be the extensive use of ornaments and plants, that allows its customers to feel more at home rather than trying to connect with the ambience as something that is too complicated.
BBQ Pork Riblets and Parmesan Wedges ($20.00)
The BBQ Pork Riblets featured fork-tender meat wonderfully glazed in delightful sweet sauce- certainly one of the better renditions I have had in town. While portions could definitely have been more sizeable given the price, these should be pleasing enough to put a grin on one’s face. The Parmesan Wedges were somewhat addictive, provided for a crackling sensation with a flavour that is not too overwhelming,
Salmon and Crispy Chicken Skin Sushi ($20.00)
The Salmon and Crispy Chicken Skin Sushi impressed more on its gratifying mix of textures and fared decent in the taste department, I would say. To me, it was more of a simple play of textures to the bite or to some, an appetiser that helps to fill the stomach before the mains arrive.
Angel Hair with Ebiko Cream and Sauteed Prawns ($23.00)
My favourite dish of the night, the heavenly bowl of pasta worked its magic on my tastebuds with its medley of creamy, savoury and sweet notes that came together beautifully. Lightly lifted by the fragrance of the ebiko in bright orange roe, which also added an additional layer of texture to the dish; the prawns were fresh and had a nice comforting bite to them- all these in addition to the well- cooked pasta, made for an ideal delicacy to enjoy.
Squid Ink Fettuccini ($24.00)
Another must- order pasta number on the menu, the Squid Ink Fettuccini was flavourful on its own though could be cooked a tad longer to the degree of al dente. Tossed with sauteed prawns, crispy baby squid which were just as notable highlights of the overall profile of the plate, what was most remarkable for me was that it was topped off with a raw egg yolk; it was utterly fulfilling when had all the varying ingredients together, drenched in yolk.
An ideal spot for dates or individual dining (a few expatriates were spotted hopping onto one of the stools at the bar area and were enjoying a meal on their own while reading). I enjoyed my experience at Kilo and it did certainly surpass my expectations since I was initially more intrigued by the concept but the seemingly home- cooked food tugged on my heart- strings, demonstrating the fact that it was not all about boasting their looks and concept but much emphasis was placed on how concise the details were. If you are ever looking for a dining spot that is further away from the over-crowded areas, this can certainly be a viable option.
181 Orchard Road
#02-16/18, Orchard Central
Contact Number: 6884 7560
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11.30am- 3.00pm and 5.30pm- 10.00pm
Sundays, 11.00am- 6.00pm