The Place Located along Owen Road, The Palmary is a new addition to the Farrer Park enclave this year. Gorgeous space, using dark tones and a refined look, the restaurant is an interesting addition to the neighbourhood.
Well located within minutes walk from the Farrer Park MRT Station, and same distance from nearby public carpark, The Palmary is not as obscure as many would imagine the row of old shophouses to be. We also spotted Old Hen Kitchen along Owen Road, and of course Connexion Farrer Park, where one of our favourite Japanese Izakaya restaurant is located – JINzakaya.
The Food Expect European cuisine with Asian influences here, with quite a concise menu, noting the small kitchen at the first level of the restaurant. You can go for an all-day 3 Course Set Menu at S$50 here too, which includes a Soup, choice of Starter and a Choice of Mains. Although this set menu is only exclusive to DBS and POSB cardholders.
To start, we had the Truffle Mushroom Soup (S$10.90), which we wouldn’t mind if they could step up on the intensity of the truffle oil here – it’s now really just a mushroom soup, and a very decent one in fact.
Another starter to share, the Prawns with Ebiko & Floss (S$15.90) is a must have here. The juicy and fresh Tiger Prawns, coupled with the soft textures of the tofu and the crunch from the pork floss and ebiko, made this quite an experience to enjoy.
A highly recommended The Butcher’s Cut MB2+ (S$28.90) has the kitchen sous-vide a hanger steak, and further seared in butter. Unfortunately the meats were served on a cold plane, hastening the speed at which the meats cooled – noting that sous-vide meats tend to cool faster as these were cooked at a constant lower temperature. The red dates glaze was stingy on the side. Not a mains we would return for here.
The highlight for us at Palmary has to be the Mentaiko Cream Lobster Linguine (S$27.90). Very generous portion, and very much appetising with the linguine prepared with mentaiko mushroom cream sauce. Awed by the size of the lobster at this price, and fresh, juicy, crunchy; a gem at the Palmary.
The Palmary’s Spiked Ondeh Shot (S$8.90) takes a 15 minutes to prepare, and it’s basically a freshly made ondeh with coconut rum shot insides, covered with grated coconut. The Gula Melaka is in a separate cup, where you can pour-over the kueh to your heart’s content. An alcoholic take on the traditional dessert, interesting but it definitely was not the most satisfying sweet endings you might prefer at the end of a meal.
Do avoid the Earl Grey Cake (S$12.90), or perhaps all the cakes here. Our slice came semi-frozen, and it was seemingly just taken out from the freezer for storage reasons. We had ice flakes in the cake, and we had to break some sweat pushing our fork through the cake.
Rants With the exception of the food, there really was not any issue with the restaurant – well located, good service and gorgeous space.
Will I Return Again? We frankly wished the food was better, although the starters and the Mentaiko Cream Lobster Linguine were on point. Perhaps with a rethink of the menu, and kitchen operations, The Palmary may finally be praiseworthy.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
142 Owen Road
Tel: +65 6909 1431
Tuesday to Friday 6pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 12midnight
Sunday 1pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Rantee