The Place Reviews of one of the latest themed restaurant in Singapore may not have been the most encouraging, but we couldn’t bear to miss-out checking this black and white themed restaurant in Chinatown. From the moment you enter Monochrome Fusion Bistro, there are no (fifty) shades of grey here – just black and white! Well yes, that happen to be the favourite colours of theRantingPanda as well!
The Food To start, the Thai Sauce Coated House Wings ($9.80) is definitely one of the highlights here. I do have a soft spot for Thai chilli, and matching it with some finger licking good fried chicken wing, thus I am recommending diners at Monochrome to mark this a must-order here!
As for the Monochrome B&W Chorizo Meatballs ($9.80), it’s way too dry and well, pretty much bland for us. We provided the same feedback to the kitchen as well, hopefully they have made some fine tweaks to it, if not you may want to skip this.
The Soup of the Day ($7.00) was Tomato Soup. I am always keen to sip some soup during my meals, does this sound like an Pioneer Generation panda?
We were highly recommended to try the Monochrome Aglio Olio ($18.80) by the waiter. Sounding like an interesting signature mains, we decided to go ahead with the advice. There is a general sense of good effort on the mains in terms of plating, for its consistency to the restaurant’s black and white theme. Though this is not the best aglio olio around town, I will say my expectations was raised by the relatively high price for a pasta at a casual restaurant.
Another highly recommended main is the Pan-Seared Barramundi ($22.80). Aesthetically appetising, but it fails to impress the taste buds. The fish was not that fresh, as evident in the picture below. Again, the high price unfortunately raised our expectations beyond.
Desserts wise, both the Mint Chocolate Cake ($8.00) and Chendol Cake ($8.00) are not baked in-house – which may not be a bad thing, since our advice is for Monochrome to change their baker like now! Not the best cakes we have tasted, very dry texture and most likely made from artificial flavourings – skip this too!
Rants We love themed-restaurants and are willing to give them a go even if the food ain’t the best. But to attract repeat customers, you can’t expect mediocrity to draw them past that glass door again.
Will I Return Again? For now, no. Which is sad, as I saw the passion in the owner and the service staff in making sure Monochrome succeed both as a themed cafe and one that serves delectable bites. Am keen to see them work on their mains and hopefully last in the competitive food scene in Singapore.
Taste bud: 2.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 2.5/5
Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058836
Tel: +65 6221 1798
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Mon to Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri to Sat (incl Public Holidays): 10am – 12am
Sun: 10am – 5pm
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