Dining at Joie is an experience. It had the most attentive staff I’ve ever seen. They welcomed me by name and sat my party in a private room. And no glass went unfilled on their watch. The food was very creative. From the brightly colored salmon made out of carrot to the black charcoal tempura with flecks of “gold”, this food had flare. Even my ravioli came topped with truffle foam. I definitely wouldn’t have combined some of the ingredients together found in their dishes, such as the pine nuts, seaweed, pomegranate, sea grapes and avocado on the tartare platter, but somehow it worked. Everything I had was delicious, especially the simple cheesecake with raspberry coulis. I would definitely visit Joie again and am already planning what to get on my next visit. I suggest the 6-course lunch set menu, as the price is significantly less than dinner.
Zen is everything I was expecting, but not how I expected it if that makes sense. For starters, the website is nicely done so I was expecting a fine dining experience, but when I arrived I found it was pretty casual, so much so that there were electronic menus chained to the table and we had to order ourselves. The setting is also very casual. Located on the first floor of the Fortune Centre mall, Herbivore is surrounded by other vegetarian restaurants and grocers. That immediately put my fear that I would be served meat to rest. The only meat found on the menu was mock or soy meat and it was wonderful. I ordered Chili Cashew “Chicken”, Honey “Chicken”, and California Rolls. Both soy chicken dishes were served quickly and with a flavorful sauce that left little to be desired seasoning wise. I do wish the Chili Chicken was spicier, but I’ll be sure to ask for more kick next time. The California Rolls were ever better, with avocado, cucumber, soy crab and topped with a dollop of mayo. While everything was very good, it only left me curious. What about all of the other stuff on the menu? With its reasonable prices I will definitely be going back for a bento box and soy fried fish. Dare I say this might be my new favorite restaurant?
Seriously, there is no way to go wrong here. This has been my favorite restaurant in Singapore since moving here and it’s also one of my favorite neighborhoods. It makes for a perfect afternoon or evening outing. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever had, from the Falafel Salad to the Spanakopita. Original Sin is billed as Mediterranean vegetarian food, but they also do pastas very well, such as the creamy Absolut pasta made with penne, Absolut vodka, a pink sauce and cooked to perfection crisp veggies. It’s topped off with large ribbons of delicious parmesan cheese. They also have a veggie burger and an outstanding risotto. I recommend the set lunch, which finishes with a warm chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream.