As huge fans of Common Man Coffee Roasters, it’s hard to pass up their Organic Eggs Benedict for something Argentinian just an elevator ride away upstairs at Bochinche. The Argentine gem in Robertson Quay may have been open for several years now, but their recent revamp with a unique gourmet market, menu additions and a more casual vibe makes this joint a hot spot to check out.
The Gourmet Argentinian Grocer
As much as we love eating, we enjoy getting our hands dirty in the kitchen with produce and ingredients we’ve never seen before in Singapore, so you can only imagine our delight perusing the expansive selection now available the moment you enter the restaurant.
Carefully curated by Chef Diego, the market features nearly 100 specialty products and 80 bottles of wine, including grass-fed Argentinean beef in various cuts such as fillets, ribeye, sirloin, and burgers. If you’re throwing a party, come by to pick up their house-made chorizo and their signature Provoleta cheese, sold alongside 15 types of charcuterie including Italian salumi and Spanish hams. And if there’s something you can’t leave without, it’s the addictive dulce de leche, which we’re sure could cure any heartache.
What to order
The newly-revamped menu shifts the focus of the restaurant, moving from a small plates tapas menu to one that has been crafted around a robust grill, classic hot starters, a refreshing cold bar and over ten complementary sides.
Start your meal with two items that’s fresh on the menu – the Chilled Pea Soup with Shallots, Yoghurt and Chopped Mint ($8). Peas may not be a food item that we’d willingly reach for, but this new addition to the menu gives the often chucked-aside vegetable some street cred. We also loved the Crab on Toast with Humita, Pickled Turnips & Chopped Coriander ($19, pictured above); also a new addition to the menu, the dish uses two types of crab meat – white and brown– giving the dish its interesting textures. Humita, which is also used in the mix is a sweet corn which is a specialty from Argentina.
Then, go all out with mains from their grill. It may not be something you’d pick out from the menu, but listen to us on this – even amidst all the wonderful grass-fed beef, their Green Asparagus, Baked Brie and Grated Granola ($19) is a must-order. It’s a medley of flavours exploding in your mouth – crunchy sweet granola, mixed with crisp, fresh asparagus and the creamy, indulgent finish of the baked brie.
If you’re a fan of red meat like we are, you’ll find a full range of beef cuts for you to choose from. Our favourite, was the Asado Grilled Flank Steak ($45, pictured above), which has been cooked sous vide with chicken stock, bone marrow and garlic for 12 hours at 56 degrees Celsius so that it emerges, like a champ at the end of the half-day marathon, tender yet can be served medium-rare.
Balance up your meal with something from the sea, specifically, the Lemon Sole with Tarragon & Lemon Butter ($39). Also a new addition to the menu, the fish has been perfectly charred on the grilled and topped off with lemon and tarragon butter that has been whipped up in-house.
Make sure you leave space for dessert. If there’s one thing that’s worth every single calorie, it’s their Crème Caramel with dulce de leche and chocolate crumble. Let’s face it, anything with dulce de leche, or caramelised milk, is going to taste good, but this combination takes decadence to a whole new level. It was so good we wanted to name our first born after it.
Bochinche 22 Martin Road, #02-01, Singapore 239058 (+65) 6235 4990 Tue – Sun, 11am – 11pm. Closed Mondays. www.bochinche.com.sg