Saturday, April 23, 2005

Review: Corduroy & Finch

Went to this new restaurant in Sixth Avenue for lunch today. It's a new deli cum restaurant thing that seem to be gaining currency now that more Singaporeans are becoming more discerning about food.

Corduroy & Finch

The inside looks very much like a normal deli, but it also had lots of various ingredients on sale on shelves from floor to ceiling. Nice stuff like duck fat, truffle oil and saffron can be found here, and they've also got a cool room that stocks produce like white asparagus and other thingies. Don't expect to find anything cheap, though.


Sister ordered the Tomato Soup with Saffron ($9) which I didn't find that fantastic. It was quite salty and looked and felt too much like curry (3/5).

Tomato Soup with Saffron

I had a Prime ground sirloin burger with tobacoo onions, fries and salad ($18) as well as a chocolate fudge milkshake ($5.80). The burger was like any other burger (3.5/5), meaning paying $18 just to get ground sirloin instead of ground chuck wasn't really justified, even if the meat was a bit juicier. With such a dearth of good milkshakes in Singapore, I can't really complain about the one I had (4/5); it had a good consistency and they didn't stinge on the chocolate.

Prime Ground Sirloin Burger and Chocolate Shake

I was looking forward to the Vanilla bean panna cotta with seasonal berry compote ($4.8) which seemed very cheap for a dessert, but when it arrived I discovered why.

Vanilla bean panna cotta with seasonal berry compote

It looked cute, but was far too sweet and thick, totally lacking the silky smoothness of a classic Italian panna cotta. Much too tiny as well. Not at all enjoyable (2/5).

In terms of location, Corduroy & Finch is located along Bukit Timah Road, after Hwa Chong Institution and right before Sixth Avenue. That makes it really convenient for me and anyone who drives, but maybe not for those travelling by MRT.

The service at the restaurant was really bad. The poor waiter who took our orders didn't know what a panna cotta was and had great difficulty locating any of the items on the menu. This is despite the place having about twice the number of staff they needed.

As a deli-restaurant, the ambience was pretty decent, quite casual and more suited to brunch/tea than a formal dining experience. There are plush couches on the second storey for loafers.

Corduroy & Finch (casual, western, deli)
779 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6463 8038
Location: 4/5 (2/5 if you're taking the MRT)
Service: 2/5
Ambience: 4/5
Food: 3/5 (Average)
Overall: Worth remembering

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