Kick-start the first post of 2014 with an eatery which starts with alphabet A – A for Arbite. Its main restaurant Arbite @ Serangoon Gardens is not exactly convenient to get to, nestled in an area surrounded by private landed estates. A for Arbite is located at city fringe between Bugis and Lavender MRT station.
The menu comprises of a variety of small bites – good to go with the craft beers available and some big bites – mains for people who needs a full meal.
We tried a few of their small bites, which we felt could almost termed them as “tiny bites”:
- Wagyu Beef Slider Hand chopped wagyu rump, caramelized onions, chilli jam and cheese – the mini burger looks small & cute, but I felt the beef not tender enough.
- Pan-fried Scallops Hokkaido scallops, prune and balsamic puree and crispy parma ham – each scallop was sliced into half and nicely cooked.
- Lobster Thermidor Maine lobster, crabmeat, mushrooms, cream, mustard, brandy and parmesan cheese – It wasn’t what I had expected as the lobster meat was not served with its shell. However the dish goes well with the biscuit and bread provided.
We tried one of their craft beer – Palm Belgium beer. Its a refreshing and fruity beer and ordered an Apple Bellini. After finishing the “tiny bites”, we had to order 1 Big bite to fill our stomachs..so we chose the Squid Ink Risotto Prawns, squid, mussels, scallops, crabmeat, chilli, Arborio rice and deep fried halibut. The portioning of the big bite was much more reasonable. The risotto was also well cooked to the right texture. The poached prawn tasted slightly bland, I would have enjoyed the dish more if the prawn was grilled.
Well I enjoyed the selection of craft beers on tap available, the small bites selection and pricing seemed abit steep to pair with the drinks. Without the big bite, I would have spent $60 (for 2 pax) on the small bites & drinks and leaving the place feeling hungry…The big bites was more reasonably priced and certainly makes more sense to order big bites over the small bites.
I visited the place expecting to be impressed by the food concepts but ended up enjoying the beer more than anything else.
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