Congratulations to Kohii on its 1st year anniversary. We reviewed the cafe a year ago and now we are back for the new dinner menu.
New to the menu are some bar snacks, such as beer-battered mushrooms ($8), crispy silver bait ($10), and onion rings ($8), that go with the Japanese imported beer.
Since I was alone, I opted for cha soba salad ($10.50), new on the menu, consisting julienned carrots, onions, enoki mushrooms tossed with soba, sitting on a bed of mixed greens. The salad dressing was rather unique, almost like kim chi sauce with chili powder, giving it a spicy, sourish zing. Healthy and appetizing.
Also new to the dinner menu are Japanese-styled pizzas, spaghettis and rice dishes. At the merest flick of the fork, the egg yolk burst on the carbonara ($12.50). The bacon was more like lard, delicious, delicious lard than bacon, and the cream sauce was light in the style of Japanese cuisine. But It could be saltier and there should be more shredded seaweed. The seaweed shouldn’t be a garnish in this case because it added much specialness and an umami-ness to the dish. More seaweed, kudasai!
Seafood baked rice ($13.50) was more like spicy tomato-sauced rice mixed throughly with black and white sesame and assorted seafood baked over a layer of mozzarella and topped with bonito flakes. The sesame gave the rice a fragrance but it was really the spicy tomato sauce that shone, not too sweet and not too acidic.
Before I went to Kohii, I wasn’t expecting much because they don’t have a complete hot kitchen. The space doesn’t allow them to have one. My thinking is: no hot kitchen=no nice food. But Kohii surprised me. The dishes use familiar ingredients put together in different ways, producing wonderful results. Much thought must have gone behind the food.
1 Shenton Way
Tel: +65 6509 9639
Mon-Fri: 8.30am – 10pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm
(Closed on Sun & PH)
Rating: 3.599/5 stars
PS: Thank you Warren and Adelyn for the invite.