The Place When I think of Argentine food, BoCHINche is inevitably one of the forefront that comes to my mind. Located right above the ever-popular Common Man Coffee Roasters along Martin Road, the two year old restaurant has a strong foothold in dishing out Argentine cuisine where its concept and menu are strongly drawn to. The spacious setting of the restaurant is welcoming, with two sides of elongated counter seats, communal dining table and cosy outdoor seats to create that chillax vibe and ambience.
The Food We were delighted to check out some of the new small plates creations recently, as I am beginning to enjoy a variety of food in smaller portions rather than huge chunky mains where I don’t get to try as much.
For a start, the newly created Hokkaido scallops tiradito, tomato water, avocado & yucca ($21) was a refreshing combination from the cold plates section. Imagine thin slices of Hokkaido scallops placed Carpaccio style and covered with a mix of tomato water, chopped red onions and chopped coriander, topped with avocado puree and deep fried yucca (akin to cassava).
The other hot small plate added is the Grilled pumpkin, braised kale, yoghurt & house salad seeds ($16). I enjoyed the kale most, which is braised with butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The yogurt is a mix of Greek yogurt and paprika, while the seeds mix is composed of oven roasted almond flakes, pumpkin seeds, white and black sesame seeds, see salt and aji molido. The combination seems random, but the overall flavour blends well surprisingly. This is one good vegetarian dish to order.
Other new additions to the small plates menu include the Crispy chicken skin, liver parfait, candied walnuts & grapes chutney ($18) and Roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese, tarragon & oat crumble ($16).
We would not be doing ourselves justice if we didn’t order some of the perennial favourites such as the Classic Provoleta, Almonds & Oregano Honey ($17), Iberico Cold Cuts ($22) and the Crab & Humita Croquettes, Spicy Criolla Sauce ($16).
It’s tough to pick a favourite amongst the three classic dishes, but the Iberico Cold Cuts is easily the most impressive dish for me given that I am usually not a cold cut person. The selection of Lomo, Chorizo, Shoulder on the platter was good on its own or eaten with the fresh bread, especially so for the Iberico shoulder which was painstakingly aged for 30 months.
We had a preview sniff of the Classic Provoleta, Almonds & Oregano Honey ($17) even before it was served to us (perks of sitting at the counter table), the kind of cheesy aroma which you sometimes wished would fill up your kitchen. Served in a hot oven pan, it is best to enjoy the aromatic Argentine cheese while it is still hot before it solidifies. The almond and honey added a glazy touch to the texture, complimented by the nutty and sweet elements.
The Crab & Humita Croquettes, Spicy Criolla Sauce is generously filled with crab meat, with a crispy texture.
If you fancy some grilled meats, go for the Ojo De Bife ($55), a 300g Rib-Eye steak grilled to medium-rare. Choose from the sides dishes to go with the steak, such as the Creamed Spinach ($9) and Chips Provenzal ($10).
Rants The restaurant along Martin Road is at a quiet corner of Robertson Quay, about 15 minutes walk from the nearest Clarke Quay MRT station.
Will I Return Again? It is not common to come across good Argentine cuisine in Singapore. BoCHINche is definitely one of the to go restaurants for some quality glimpse into Argentine produce and cuisine, which we see ourselves returning for.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Bochinche (relocated to Amoy Street on 23 June 2016)
115 Amoy Street, #01-02
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Friday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 3pm,
Ranted by The Ranter