2nd March 2013.
Occupying the former premises of Krish is Nosh, a laid back, restaurant with a garden, tea party like setting. The waitresses and waiters here are generally friendly and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Nosh. The only thing that is killing me is the scorching heat from the afternoon sun.
Like Krish, Nosh also offers a Brunch menu available only on weekends with the usual eggs benedict, omelette and big breakfasts. The only difference here is that Nosh offers Tacos and Buritos for brunch as well. In general however, the menu sounded pretty mundane.
I chose the Crab Cake Benedict (18.00++ SGD), Crab Cakes, Two Poached Eggs, Coconut Curry Hollandaise, Side Salad. It is probably one of the more unique dishes on the menu and I have read positive reviews about it. Having eaten crab cakes at Ember just the day before, I was underwhelmed. The crab cakes has too much starch, it lacked the flavor of the key ingredient of this dish: crab. The curry hollandaise was tasty and a nice break from the usual creamy hollandaise but it simply overwhelmed the crab in this dish.
Peter had the Fish Tacos (18.00++ SGD) which was described as Dory Done Two Ways (Fried and Chilli Marinated), Chipotle Aioli, Banana-Ginger Chutney, Fries. If it was done two ways, both of us failed to figure out the difference. I could only tell that one was spicier than the other. On the positive side, the Banana-Ginger Chutney was very tasty and we enjoyed it with the tacos. Peter pointed out however that it overwhelmed the other flavours in the fish tacos too.
So far, I think you get the main problems at Nosh already. The dishes sounded more exciting than the actual food and there is a lack of balance. I would have preferred that Nosh presented the food in a more straightforward way (no need to put in smoked cheddar, truffle aioli or Portobello confit in your descriptions).Perhaps that way we would have enjoyed it more.
The best item for the day was the complimentary dessert, a Toffee Date Cake presented to Peter at the end of our meal. It was light in texture but rich in flavour and decadently enjoyable with the vanilla custard.
For drinks, Peter had the Detox Max, a mixture of carrot, apple, pineapple and ginger juice. We found it to be a little too thick for a drink.
Nosh Restaurant and Bar
9 Rochester Park
Tuesday – Sunday: 6pm – 10.30pm (Last Order 10.15pm)
Saturday & Sunday: 10.30am – 2.30pm (Last Order 2.15pm)