Plentyfull – Grain Bowls, Modern Brasserie, Patisserie and Grocer All In One Place
Plentyfull is a promising space. A dual-concept restaurant at Millenia Walk – grain bowls and salads during lunch, Western-Asian dishes during dinner.
It also incorporates a patisserie, and retail gourmet section managed by Little Farms – from which the restaurant obtains some of its ingredients.
A key point to highlight is that all the food at Plentyfull is made from scratch, preservative-free and sourced from farmers and artisans locally and internationally.
During lunch time (weekdays 11:30am – 2:30pm), you can select a base, one protein and two sides for $17+, or three sides for $19+ from the food displayed at the counter.
The proteins available were not the typical selection. That included Turkish Baked Chicken, Beef Meatballs in Tomato Fondue, Gratinated Miso Cauiflower, Sesame Pulled Pork, and Spicy Otah Fish Cake made of Salmon.
When it comes to grain bowls, I am usually a fish person (say grilled salmon), so the Otah became my automatic choice.
I liked it – thick, fresh, suitably spicy, and almost felt like what a modern Peranakan mother would have cooked back home for her children. The Roasted Kin Yan Farm Mushrooms made a great complementary side dish too.
The main drawback was the mixed grains were too dry for my liking. In addition, there was a lack of sauce overall.
Western-Asian dishes during dinner such as Char Grilled Farmed Barramundi ($26++), Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl ($26++), Thai Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Cilantro ($26++), Pure Black Natural Angus Strip Steak ($36++), House-Smoked Mussel on Toast ($24++), and Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage.
The Thai Roasted Chicken with Garlic & Cilantro ($24++) I had was roasted half spring chicken with charred cabbage salad and sweet chilli jam.
While the chicken meat was all-in-all tender, it lacked of some kind of succulence and oomph for the dish to be a satisfying treat.
Generally, the helpings of all the dishes ordered were small comparatively to the price paid.
For what diners pay, the portion, em, could be more plentyfull.
Plentyfull’s online description says “Plentyfull is your definitive place of restoration, tucked away in the thick of city jungle bustle. Run on love, laughter, and an ever-changing food menu steered by the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced straight from the farmers and spearheaded by creative culinaires.”
They aim to be “…a place of restoration…a collaborative community on a journey to restore spirit, soul & body.”
With no offence intended to the copy-writer or owners, I thought that the concept could have been presented in a much simpler, stripped-down, easy-to-understand way.
You do not feel the buzz, yet – both the marketplace buzz of the space or the social media buzz.
Or could they have waited too long before launching their publicity?
It has winning elements here and there. Grain bowls, delicious looking cakes, modern brasserie concept at night, a retail grocer on the side… now it is about putting them all together and presenting them all together cohesively.
9 Raffles Boulevard #02-08, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6493 2997
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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