Mahota Commune occupies the entire 3rd floor of Kitchener Complex, housing a restaurant, a cafe, a supermarket focusing on organic food, and a TCM clinic.
They have an organic farm in Shandong that practises sustainable agriculture. Meaning: it’s environmentally responsible, so they make their own compost, returning organic nutrients to the land. In their farm, they grow certified organic vegetables, herbs and grains; and raise free-range chicken, pork and other poultry.
On their farm, they also have an organic vineyard, free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Which means they produce their own wines.
We went to Mahota Kitchen, which is their restaurant. It’s a farm-to-table concept, that is they cook the food they grow themselves.
Mahota Kitchen is known for their bento boxes ($22.80 onwards) and their hotpot ($18.80 onwards for lunch, and $27.80 onwards for dinner). Their 3 soup bases have no MSG or artificial flavouring. They make their own sauces daily in small batches using fresh ingredients and superfoods. They even make their tofu by hand from organic soy beans without any preservatives.
But that day, we felt like eating their Western food. Their homemade salmon gravlax ($18.80) is very stingy for the price. I don’t care if they cure their own salmon but 4 thin slices? and just a thin layer of romaine lettuce? When they write “cherry tomatoes” on the menu, I didn’t expect ONE.
That said, the balance is lovely. The dressing, wasabi mayo, is so light it’s imperceptible, allowing the fresh ingredients to speak for themselves. The fresh mango, not tart, adds a lovely sweetness to bring the flavours together.
The bacon & Italian sausage bamboo charcoal pizza ($25.80) is also delicious. It has roasted bell peppers, organic roasted pineapple, topped with slates of mozzarella cheese that slowly melts into the pizza. Good flavours!
The crabmeat pumpkin capellini ($28.80) is done past al dente but I prefer soft pasta so I didn’t mind it. It has wonderful flavours with crab meat, roasted bell pepper, cherry tomato, olive, fresh basil in a brandy tomato cream sauce.
The organic grilled beef sirloin (200g, $33.80) is excellent. Grilled nicely to a medium rare with a good bite. It comes with a sweet potato and pumpkin coconut mash which undercuts the heaviness of the beef. Also great is the garlic, which I ate them all.
We didn’t have dessert that day because I was sick and my two friends are health conscious. Altogether, we were very content with the meal. After eating, we didn’t feel heavy. The ingredients are indeed good quality, which contributes to how delicious the food is. I do wish the food is more affordable and I regret ordering the salad which is so little. Will be back to try the bento set and the hotpot. We paid $130 for three persons.
809 French Road, Kitchener Complex Level 3, Singapore 200809
Weekdays 11am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm
tel: +65 6295 8809
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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.