Review: Palette @ Capitol Piazza

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Palette Restaurant and Bar, a multi-brand dining concept has joined the BreadTalk Family as its youngest member, housed in the newest luxury mall, Capitol Piazza! Palette is a dream come true for individuals who have often dreamed of having quality local delicacies and street food all at a place, in a more comfortable and refined setting!

While the noise, smoke, and heat may be part of the Singaporean hawker culture we would love to embrace, there are really times when I wish that I could just have my plate of hokkien mee in a more comfortable and private setting, especially with the crazy hot weather these days. Besides, we often have to travel from one end to another just to get the best Char Kway Teow, but the very hawker may not have good fish ball noodles, which limits our dining choices when dining in a group!

Palette solves all these problems by housing TEN specialty food brands who are known for their expertise in different Asian Cuisines, and there are over 400 items on one menu. WHAT. That’s all the good food you can get in one place, and not forgetting the comfort as well!

The Place
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Located at B1 of Capitol Piazza, lies this 420 seater restaurant. I know I know, at first look it just looks like a HUGE atas food court. That was exactly what most of us thought, but the quality of food served and the service are definitely of restaurant quality! Prices too! HEHE! Photo 21-7-15 7 17 25 pmI loved the turquoise coat on the chairs, and don’t worry, it’s not like a food court, you don’t have to queue up for your food. All you have to do is, order it from this iPad and just wait to be served!
Photo 21-7-15 7 16 33 pmSeamless and efficient, where got food court like that one? Haha!

The Brands and FOOD!

The 10 brands housed in Palette are as follows:
1. Ah Koong Restaurant

A Johor Bahru noodle joint known for its HANDMADE fishcake and fish balls, all made from ikan parang (wold herring) fish paste, to make sure they are of the QQ bouncy bouncy texture.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetAh Koong Fried Fish Cake ($4.90++) makes a good sharing starter, crisp skin enveloping the smooth fish paste, MUST EAT TOGETHER WITH THE CHILI SAUCE. Bagus.
Photo 21-7-15 8 05 54 pmAh Koong Fishball Noodle (Dry) ($7.90++), i’m not a fan of fishcakes and fish balls but I couldn’t stop eating the ones from Ah Koong, I guess that says something eh? But well, to me, fish ball noodles are fish ball noodles, they honestly tasted just like any other to me.

2. Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant 

Who doesn’t know powerhouse- Ah Yat? The internationally recognized Hong Kong brand strives to serve diners with Hong Kong style dishes like dim sum, roast meats, congee, noodles, rice dishes and of course, seafood!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetNoodles with Abalone ($18++): The abalone served with the springy and addictive noodles was plump, and every bite released the abalone essence. Prepared with the top secret recipe, Ah Yat’s abalone sauce, this dish, I like. A LOT. BECAUSE MUSHROOM and ABALONE. Really very delicious, albeit pricey!

3. Balestier Bak Kut Teh 

Looking for a comforting meal amongst the myriad of choices on the menu? You can always lie back on the ever familiar Bak Kut Teh from household name, Balestier Bak Kut Teh!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetHonestly, I wasn’t expecting much from a bak kut teh here because I have had my fair share of bak out teh on a regular basis! However, the slide of the bone rib came as a very pleasant surprise to me. It was by far the most tender ribs I’ve had in any bak kut teh and I was very, very impressed! The broth though, requires more flavor to it, as the one we had was mainly peppery, without its distinct flavors.

4. Delhi 6

Delhi 6 prides themselves with their North-West Indian cuisine. Their electric tandoors (Indian clay oven) are the stars in their stall as most of the dishes are cooked in them!

Photo 21-7-15 7 48 33 pm Chandi Murg Tikka ($13++): My favorite dish of the night. Chunks of tender chicken with garlic and cashew nut cream sauce. So damn fragrant and the chicken, was out of this world tender. I’d have had this all by myself if I wasn’t forced to share. HEHE.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetMultani Barrah Kebab ($20++): Tandoor grilled Australian mutton cutlets marinated with cinnamon and crusted with spices. I’m not a huge fan of lamb because of its gamey taste. EEE.. But this one right here not only has minimal gamey taste, it was also very well-seasoned! I was impressed, because I rarely have second helpings for any mutton dishes!

5. Hok Kee

Yet another reputable Hong Kong vendor, which specializes in their noodles and congee! The holder of the Top Ten Best Delicacies in Yuen Long since 2000, has finally set up their first stall outside Hong Kong, in our very own Palette restaurant!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWonton Noodles ($8++): Besides their signature Braised Beef Brisket Noodles ($9++), their wonton noodles are amongst their best sellers. The plump wontons are not just made of skin, they have parcels of fresh shrimp, lean pork, pork fat and flatfish within, to ensure the burst of flavors and textures on your palettes when you bite into them! Wow. Just wow. I now know where to go for delicious wonton soup!

6. IndoChili

If you’re looking for your Indonesian and Indo Peranakan fix, Indochili might have something just for you! With their very own house made spice blends from raw ingredients from Indonesia, you should expect nothing less than authentic and fresh flavors!
Photo 21-7-15 7 43 24 pm Tahu Teor ($9.80++): Deep fried tofu blanketed in crispy fried egg. My very first time having these and I was blown away. Tahu Telor has its new fan now – ME! So, so delicious! Ahhh..Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetSate Ayam Madura ($8.80++ for 5 sticks): Chicken skewers (Satay) with homemade peanut sauce, kecap manis and fried shallots. Just WHACK the peanut sauce. The thick peanut sauce is just as delicious as your chunky peanut butter. Oh gosh, I lapped up the remaining sauce by pairing it with every other subsequent dish! HEHE!

7. Huat Huat BBQ

Having been around for a whooping 14 years, is HUAT HUAT, who specializes in its barbecued chicken wings!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetPriced at $12 for 6, and $21 for a dozen, I thought the chicken wings whilst tender, lacked of the smokey taste we are so used to at our hawker centers. The chili sauce was spicy, yet lacked of the distinct flavors in the one we usually have. I guess that’s the down side of serving hawker food at non-hawker places, because some dishes just taste better with wok hei and smoke!

8. Yong Xin Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

Yes you guessed it, Yong Xin specializes in their prawn noodles. Their hokkien mee recipe was developed after 16 years of training. For a more luxurious treat, you can also opt for crayfish hokkien mee as well!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetFried Hokkien Big Prawn Mee ($8.80++): This was PRAWNY, really prawny and sweet broth to accompany the fresh succulent HUGE prawns. A definite value for money dish, and really yummy!

9. Little Nanyang

They serve Southeast Asian cuisine, like Nyonya Pork Laksa and Nanyang Curry Chicken in Golden Pillow. From here, we tried their brand new menu, specially tailored to woo the Singaporean tastebuds, and we had none other than the Hainanese Chicken Rice set ($10.90++)!
Photo 21-7-15 8 32 28 pmThis has an individual serving of chicken, kailan and soup, with the fragrant rice. I thought the chicken lacked the flavors of the usual chicken we have at the stalls. Perhaps the dish has already cooled down while we were busy taking photos of the food, causing the juices to evaporate, and hence the rather bland dish!

Zi char dishes are also served here to cater to families looking for a filling fix! YUM!

10. 90 Gastro Bar

Last but definitely not the least, comes the bar part of Palette Restaurant and Bar. 90 Gastro Bar serves up an extensive range of wines, beers and hard liquor, as well as Western Desserts. Each of its cocktail links back to the history of Capitol, for example, the Musical Express was named after  locally produced show by Johnny Yang in 1967, a drink with panda and banana infused rum that drove me crazy with its amazing taste!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset Cocktails are priced at $17++: I highly recommend the Musical Express: Pandan and banana infused rum, boiled pandan syrup and banana liqueur with milk! MASSIVE YUM!

They also serve up old school and new desserts like the following: Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset Chilled Mango Sago ($8++)
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetSunset Gula Meleka Banana Parfait and Butterscotch ($8++)

Both of which were not exactly impressive, but just what you need if you are craving for some after meal desserts!

Closing Remarks

Do not expect to find your Kopi or Milo Peng in Palette, despite its food court like appearance. Although the prices tend to the higher side, I would have to admit that I was surprised by how good the food tasted at Palette! Everything was fresh and it was a refreshing experience to be able to enjoy the local favorites at a more comfortable setting. If you’re looking to bring a friend from overseas, who may be turned off by the hustle and bustle in kopitiams or hawkers, Palette is a pretty good choice!

I was indeed impressed by the food served here and it’s not often you get to enjoy a concocted cocktail to go with your usual hawker fare!

How to get there?
Capitol Piazza
13 Stamford Road
Singapore 178905

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 10.30pm


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1 Comment

  1. Ronald Choong Ronald Choong
    March 10, 2016    

    The concept is not new but most of us like it due to the quality of service and food. Good job. Hope the management will not kill it by reverting to the normal food court concept whereby the staff have the ‘ could not be bothered ‘ attitude and unable to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of the whole place.