Previously the old premise for Chong Cheng School and No. 1 Costume Costume, 28 Aliwal Street is now The Aliwal Arts Centre, National Arts Council’s (NAC) new home for both budding and established artists to showcase their works and talent.
During the refurbishment, I could not help notice 2 new restaurants being fitted out each time I strolled past. Curiosity led to a lunch date with Pauline and her little daughter at A for Arbite.
A for Arbite features a specially crafted menu by Chef Marc Wee, the 30-year old who co-founded Arbite, a favourite in Serangoon Garden’s dining scene since 2010.
In expanding its ‘Work Hard, Live Well’ philosophy, Marc demonstrates his playful approach to reinventing classics while offering an elevated dining experience by pairing Belgian craft beers and artisan teas with A for Arbite’s gourmet menu.
Personally recommended by Marc, first served up to our table was the Lobster Thermidor ($16.90), a classic French dish of cooked lobster (and crab) meat in a rich and luxurious creaming mixture with brandy, mustard and parmesan cheese.
Perfect with the crusty bread accompanying (though I felt the sprinkling of sea salt made it a tad salty with the parmesan). This is a showstopper and was thoroughly enjoyable.
Another European classic is the Scotched Egg ($7.90). We had to order it to try the yuzu and wasabi hollandaise sauce it was served with. The soft poached egg within was just right not like some really dry ones I have tried. Overall an interesting dish though hard coming close to the Lobster Thermidor just devoured and still fresh in my mind.
I must say the Foie Gras ($14.90) certainly did not disappoint. Served with the enduring combination of sweet and sour (slightly only) from the raspberry crumbs and apple compote, the delicate Foie Gras paired against the crumbly texture of the homemade apple scone just works. The flavours all came together really well. Yummy!
Arbite prides itself for making their pasta fresh from scratch daily. This Pulled Pork Ragout Fettuccine ($24.90) of tender pork collar braised with tomatoes, root vegetables, mushrooms and red wine was decent.
See that little hand going for the ice cream? My Wife’s Chocolate Cake ($8) was a hit with Pauline’s little girl. I thought the coffee crumbs surrounding the island of vanilla bean ice cream gave this dessert a good kick. Marc’s wife will be happy to know.
We could not let this dessert escape us. Sounding more like a science experiment, the Green Tea Panna Cotta ($9) made with matcha infused cream and served with Azuki Beans and Yuzu air was delightful! I thought it was Vodka foam for a minute. A very good end to a really nice meal!
Arbite (ahr-bahyt) is a pun on the German/Danish word for work (arbeit/arbejde). Inspired by Europe but rooted in Singapore, Marc (pictured left) exemplifies the philosophy of working hard and living well through his culinary passion and unique creation of good quality food.
I will definitely be back for more … perhaps for a Sunday brunch with the family. Meantime, as the 3 boards that colourfully adorned the walls in the restaurant say,
A for Arbite
Address : 28 Aliwal St #01-01, Singapore 199918.
Tel: 8321 2252
Opening Hours :
Tue – Fri, 11.30 am – 11 pm | Sat, 11 am-11 pm
Sun, 9 am- 9 pm
Last order is an hour before closing
Closed on Mondays
MUNCH MINISTRY GIVEAWAY! (Closed)
Here is your chance to dine at A for Arbite! Thanks to them, we are giving away FIVE $30 dining vouchers. NO minimum spend is required. To win, simply answer this simple question in the comments below :
Question: Name the 2 locations where you can A for Arbite and Arbite.
Giveaway ends : 15 October 2013. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!
We have the winners! Congratulations!
The 5 winners of a $30 A for Arbite dining voucher each are,
3. M Lim
4. Ms Sim
5. Tay Lucy
*An email will be sent to you for your details. Winners are drawn by a random generator.