Beast and Butterflies
M Social Hotel at 90 Robertson Quay
We love the lunch here, for many reasons that made it a delicious and relaxing one. Mostly Asian dishes, with some western grill and steak served on the ala carte menu, they all have been polished up (at least the Asian ones ordered) to its highest order. Sleek, modern interior with the occasional flamboyance evident, the plush comfy sofas, in addition to the most importantly relatively empty restaurant, makes the whole dining experience at Beast and Butterflies a wholesome one (but perhaps not as favourable to the restaurant on a supposedly busy Sunday afternoon).
Just like the name suggests where elegance and brashness are juxtaposed, expect flashy contrasts, the unexpected and actually quite a scintillating experience at this restaurant. The open kitchen itself already, aims to be classy yet still swanky with its loud pinkish glass facade, bold and daring techniques the kitchen seems to promise indeed.
Tomato Latte – This fresh Tomato Juice might not be the drink for everybody but definitely ticked for me as its healthy thick tomato-ey juice is spiced up with the Capsicum foam, and most importantly made robust with that savoury smokey bacon bits and basil oil crumbs. Served cold, this was a very refreshing cup! $10.
Coming here for this Lobster Porridge, we were glad it delivered. Teochew style rice porridge in Crab broth with Lobster and abalone – The broth, not aiming to be overly intense or thick, actually caught our attention with its simple but unequivocal seafood flavour. On point, this is totally in sync with its name while the sweet abalone by the side was another outstanding side for us with its beautiful consistency. What I thought would have even elevated the entire experience is to add some deep fried crispy rice into it, I could imagine how exciting that would be! $28.
Lala Bee Hoon – Fragrant Wok-Fried Vermicelli in Peppery Gravy with White Clams. Wok fried to coat the entire vermicelli mash with a strong wok hei fragrance, the perfectly flavoured gravy gave it an extra edge. And what made it worked even better was pairing this with the familiar vinegared green chilli, yes they do serve that if you ask. $16.
Chocoholic dusted with Sichuan Pepper. Thick, tasty chocolate abundant, this would have had a stronger kick if the chef is more heavy handed with the Sichuan pepper as that would render a more eclectic contrast and perhaps even a numbing sensation which I was looking forward to but unfortunately had my hopes slightly dampened. $10.
Yam Brulee – Felt quite like our familiar Orh Ni, this was a fragrant mash but I reckon would have been better if served warm as that accentuates the yam aroma even better.
Not exactly a clear strike for the restaurant but definitely one that is very promising as precision and thoughts are both evident from its cooking and execution. An enjoyable meal over at Beast and Butterflies, I believe it is worth more than a visit!
Verdict: An excellent restaurant. 4.2/5.