At the end of the meal at Bochinche, I still do not have a clear inkling of what Argentinian food is.
The ‘trusty’ Wikipedia says Argentine cuisine may be “described as a cultural blending of Indigenous, Mediterranean influences such as those created by Italian and Spanish populations”.
Bochinche, Spanish word for ‘ruckus’, is a modern Argentinian cuisine restaurant offering small plates at Martin Road.
The concept is a joint collaboration with Argentinian chef Diego Jacquet who was based in London, and Spa Espirit’s Cynthia Chua.
I have reservations calling this a ‘hipster restaurant’. There is a group of Singaporeans who would flock to the newest and trendiest F&B, so called off the beaten track, but heavily publicized already.
Oh, the irony. The restaurant would be the talk-of-the-moment “You mean you haven’t tried XXX?
Yes, I went before it opened”, and then then slowly fall off from social-media grace. Unless the food quality is there.
Stripping off the initial hype, I think Bochinche happens to one that serves honest good food.
The restaurant started with focusing on small plates for sharing, and is moving to wallet-friendly weekday lunches and weekend brunch. It is a necessary step to take to stay in the game (nearby Bomba and KHA are calling it a day.)
The lunch sets of 2-course ($28++) or 3-course ($35++) meals offers from the menu of starters, mains and dessert which changes weekly. Almost nothing stays the same, good for diners who love that variety and get them coming back.
Appetizers were forgettable. Both my mains, a Pappardelle with ossobuco ragout and walnuts and Mushroom risotto with crispy cauliflower and truffle oil, while visually not pleasing, taste fantastic.
The risotto remains as one of the best I had – creamy, every bite flavourful, yet without the heaviness that you would usually associate with this dish. (I hear this dish would keep coming back due to its popularity) We easily swept clean the Pappardelle dish as well.
Chef Jacquet’s new lunch dishes are cooked lighter and individually portioned compared to the dinner selections, so that you don’t fall into a food coma that easily post-lunch.
The PR Janet said that Bochinche’s Mango Panna Cotta is “the best thing on earth”. I am sure she is exaggerating.
But wobbly smooth and sweet that makes a great match with the chocolate granite on side, it is probably one of the best desserts in Bochinche, along with the Baked Raspberry Tart & Dulce de Leche Crème Fraiche which I preferred better.
115 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 069935
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm (Mon– Fri) 11am – 3:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Thu), 6pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat, Closed Sun Dinners)
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