Diagonally opposite 100AM shopping mall, there is a little cafe located in the middle of a row of old shophouses. Tonight I am invited to this cafe for a food tasting session. Although I have been to 100AM so many times in the past, I have never noticed this row of shophouses until today.
For such a cold and wet night, the interior of the cafe offers a cozy and homey feel.
Warm Mushroom Salad ($9+)
Baby spinach, Shime Ji Mushroom, Fennel, Asparagus, Shallot, Pine nuts, Butter emulsion
Smells of truffle oil when served. It is a light crisp, peppery and nutty salad.
La Rustichela Truffle Fries ($12+)
The fries is smell quite yummy of the truffle oil, topped with shredded parmesan and chopped spring onion. It is served with truffle aioli.
Eggplant Parmigiano ($16+)
Eggplant, Black miso, Parmigiano, Bread crumbs, Spice tomato sauce
It is quite crispy on the outside, while inside is filled with the juicy eggplant.
Charlie’s Son Wings ($13+)
The skin of the wing is quite crispy, but inside the meat is a bit tough and dry.
Yuzukosho Pork Rack ($27+)
Fregola sarda, Cream, Bacon, Chive, Pork rack
One of the cafe’s signature dishes. Fregola sarda is a type of pasta which looks like little balls. Here it is cooked with bacon bits in a creamy sauce. It tastes savoury good with its QQ texture and abosrbed the smoky flavour of bacon. The pork is quite tender and juicy on its own, without the usual fat and oily texture that one expects from pork rack.
65 Degree Grilled Ribeye 200g ($26+)
(Grass fed, AUZ) Ribeye, Baby carrots, Mashed potato, Mushroom sauce
The ribeye is quite tender and juicy. The mashed potato is infused with truffle oil.
Smoked Uni Carbonara ($27+)
Spaghetti & Parmigiano, Wagyu, Chive, Truffle Oil
Another one of the cafe’s signature dishes. It looks quite pretty with the soft poached egg in the centre. I could hardly taste the uni in this dish, although it seems that uni has been mixed into the sauce. The sauce is quite watery, even after breaking the egg and mixing, the sauce can’t thicken much. I also can’t taste the wagyu in this dish. But can taste chunky topshell meat in it.
Overall the food is not bad. Service is not bad too with water refilled regularly. There is no GST but there is 10% service charge here. Prices of the dishes listed above are subjected to changes as the cafe is revamping its menu.
FIRST 25 CAFE
Address : 7 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089313
Tel : 62212565
Open : Mon-Fri : 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sat : 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/first25cafe