Restaurant Reviews: Froth

Fun and funky meals for junior while you chow down on delish Asian-Fusion dishes? We’re in!

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Address: Level 2 Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green, 6336-1228

Opening hours: 7am to 10.30am (for breakfast), and 11.30am to 10pm (for lunch and dinner), daily.

This sleek 140-seat restaurant dishes up creative Western plates with a fun Singaporean flavor, thanks to chef Derrick Ow.

            Froth, on the second storey of Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, sits smack in the heart of the Central Business District. You and your brood will settle comfortably in this newly-revamped space that exudes a hip, modern vibe.

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            To cool off from the sweltering heat outside while we studied the menu, we ordered the Iced Lychee Tea ($4.90++), which came generously with three huge pieces of the juicy fruit. Those who like their beverages tart and cold will like the signature specialty soda, Froth Cooler ($10++).

           The menu boasts fascinating Asian-Fusion creations like Nonya Lasagna ($19.90) and Duck Kut Teh ($10.90++). Not one to resist bacon, we started with the Bacon Chowder ($11.90++).

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            This rich and creamy soup will please any bacon fan, thanks to the trifecta of smoky flavour, crispy bacon bits and a perfectly poached egg.

            To lighten things up a little, we picked the Oriental Duck Salad ($16.90++).

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            Beautifully plated with duck done three ways ― roasted, smoked and duck confit in a crispy spring roll ― the accompanying crunchy pickled carrots tossed in a zingy citrus plum dressing offset the intense flavours of the meat wonderfully.

            As for the mains, we can’t stop raving about the tender yet succulent Asian Barramundi ($32.90++) that sits atop a nest of Asian slaw and mango salsa.

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            Served with clams and a homemade laksa sauce, the addition of crispy puffed rice gave a terrific texture to the platter. What we loved was that this fish dish, an iffy item to execute well, was perfectly cooked. Win!

            Carb-ivores might want to try the SioBak Aglio ($25.90++), linguine served with crackling slow-roasted pork belly, as well as bak kwa sauce and bits.

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            While the skin was nicely crisp and the meat juicy, we found the pasta a tad too sweet.

             The Molten Lava Cake ($14.90++), de rigueur on so many menus, rounded off our meal on a satisfying note ― its warm gooey chocolate and moist cake a pleasing combination.

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            It’s served with Chantilly cream, vanilla custard, caramelised banana slices and a scoop of Earl Grey Ice Cream.

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If you think that family-friendly eateries elude this business-oriented part of the city, think again. While your mini-munchers wait for their grub to be served, Froth’s customised colouring and activity sheets will keep them busy.

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            Even better, kids dine for free (with every full-priced main course) on weekends! Junior can Build His Own Burger (with chicken breast slices, lettuce, tomatoes and mini-buns), or dig into a Volcano Mash (mashed potatoes with chicken bratwurst, carrots and broccoli ― not forgetting the “hot lava” gravy!). If he is nuts about noodles, he’ll like the too-cute-to-eat Noodle Nest (two hard-boiled eggs perched on a “nest” of buckwheat soba noodles). Each meal would otherwise cost $8.90++ on weekdays.

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            Nor has Froth left out the little ones who can’t enjoy solid food yet ― they’ll get to tuck into complimentary homemade pumpkin or sweet potato purée (served on request). Thumbs up, Froth, for thinking of everything!

 

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