Supply & Demand – Italian Asian Bistro at Orchard Gateway Surprising Good
There are so many new restaurant openings in Singapore, that few would even get us excited at all. Let alone another Italian-fusion-brunch place. I decided to give it a try anyway as Supply & Demand seems one of the more promising restaurants at Orchard Gateway.
Supply & Demand termed as a modern “Italian Southeast Asian” bistro has its first outfit at Esplanade, though it seemed off the radar. I was skeptical initially and wondered if it was another one of ‘those’ restaurants trying hard by selling everything under the sky.
Wait. before entering the actual restaurant, I was a little surprised – an extended outer seating area with blackboard and classroom settings. Hmm… promising. The inside looked even better, spacious enough with bookshelves, tall ceiling, fake trees, plus a view of the other side of Orchard.
Menu came in a report book. There were Italian and Asian inspired lunch sets available at $16.90. The Malaysian Sate Special, Pad Ga Prao Moo (Thai basil minced pork rice), and Stir Fried Sambal Pork Belly looked intriguing. If not, the Italian choices such as Aglio Olio with Shrimps, and Carbonara Cremoso are safe choices.
I had the Zi Char Style Curry Chicken. This came served with an elaborate starter set of Indonesian rempeyek cracker, achar, antipasti of Burmese tea leaves and a mini Asian bite (such as deep fried fish roll) in an wooden box.
Surprise again. Not the usual soup or light bites for a start, but one with variety and presentation that you would only expect in a mid-tier and above restaurant.
The curry chicken, cooked in a dry gravy, tasted fittingly well with pilaf rice with buttery fragrance and a sunny side up.
Supply & Demand’s pizzas are worth a try, freshly baked to order with thin crisp crust and generous toppings.
The Morning After ($18 for 9 inch, $22 for 13 inch) is said to be inspired by Chef Samdy Kan’s favourite breakfast ingredients – that’s mushroom, bacon and soft egg on a pizza.
Almost any pizza with egg would score with me. With that said, the crust is a front-runner, light and fluffy, making eating 2-3 slices even possible after a heavy meal.
If alcohol makes you go weak, then S&D Italian Style Tiramisu ($12) loaded with 2 kinds of liqueur may make you go drunk. Creamy, tasty and alcoholic – one of my favourites around.
A pity the Homemade Chocolate Cake ($11) served with salted caramel and chocolate crumble went too sweet on the palate.
There are some online reviews which complained about its slow service and reservation systems, which I fortunately did not experience possibly because I went on weekday noon.
Sometimes I walk around Orchard not knowing what to eat. Places can be expensive, crowded, and/or with unpardonable food. The slightly below radar Supply & Demand serves reasonably good fare at friendly prices, with a welcoming interior in Orchard. Worth a support, provided it does not get too crowded.
Supply & Demand
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road #02-13/14 Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 67026218
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
Other branch: Esplanade, Colours By The Bay, 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13 Singapore 039802