The Place It is definitely not a restaurant you will stumble upon. Opened about a month ago in Yotel Singapore, Komyuniti restaurant is a brand new concept located at level 10 of the chic hotel in Orchard Road. The name plays on the English word community, and the idea is to create a space for guests to dine, chill over drinks or even get some work done with its workspace section. The swimming pool of Yotel is also right beside the restaurant, which is also where you can catch some eye candies at the pool. Just saying.
The Food The dishes and menu are designed to be for communal style dining, hence it is organised into small and big plates, with dessert at the end of the menu. The inspiration of the dishes are largely based on the chef’s globetrotting experiences, so you expect worldly elements as well. Another focus from the bar space is the extensive cocktail program, which spans across four categories, namely Bittersweet, Tropical, Sours, and Timeless drinks.
From the small plates, the Mama’s Tomato Soup (S$9) is a simple cream of tomato soup with a hint of red bell pepper. Served with warm garlic toast, it is best enjoyed by dipping the toast into the soup.
The Salmon Poke (S$13) is addictive. I am a sashimi lover so this poke version marinated with chilli and soy is really good with the accompanying crispy fried onion crackers.
Another small plate I enjoyed, the Beef Tartare (S$14) uses aged beef rump and the flavours are surprisingly robust and delicious.
Other small plates which I will recommend for sharing are the Buttermilk Fried Chicken (S$13) and Fried Brussels Sprout (S$9). The former is cornmeal crusted and is a modest take on the classic Southern fried chicken.
The Fried Brussels Sprout is topped with crispy bacon and prepared with housemade hot sauce. Although it is quite greasy, it has a nice crunchy texture and is quite flavourful.
For big plates, I had both the Roasted Pork Belly (S$19) and Slow Roasted Duck Breast (S$20). The pork belly is quite well-executed, tender and flavourful. The roasted duck breast is served with braised red cabbage and carrot purée, which is also a good alternative. Interestingly, the roasted duck breast is also the most expensive dish on the menu!
Desserts include the likes of Apple Walnut Cake (S$10), Caramelised Banana Cake (S$10) and Hay Panna Cotta (S$9). I’m not so much of a fan of the desserts here, but if I were to pick one, it would be the walnut cake which comes with salted caramel and brandy cream.
Rants As the only dining concept in Yotel, Komyuniti caters to the masses and hence the menu is designed as such. There isn’t any particular type of cuisine which dominates the menu. This isn’t a big problem, just that I like to associate a restaurant with a prominent trait which I don’t see in Komyuniti.
Will I Return Again? Prices are kept quite affordable here at Komyuniti, with nothing more than S$20! It is not a surprise, given that the location is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road. I recommend coming here to dine for good wallet friendly dishes, and the space is good to accommodate big groups as well.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Lunch & Dinner: 12pm to 12am (1am on Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holidays)
Ranted by The Ranter