Food Anatomy – Kawaii Cubes Of Nasi Lemak, Laksa Pasta, Beef Rendang at Tanjong Pagar Centre
Almost too pretty to eat, these deconstructed savoury cake-sized items from Food Anatomy are Instagram-able down to each colourful layer.
Catering directly to the calorie-counting OL crowd at Tanjong Pagar Centre (just outside the MRT gantry), I find the prices surprisingly affordable too.
The cosy 14-seater is their first standalone outlet outside of Timbre+.
Prices are 2 cubes for $6.80, 3 cubes for $9.90, 18 cubes for $39 or 24 cubes for $75. You have the option to replace cubes for salads; and they cost slightly cheaper during breakfast.
(Till the end of December 2016, the cubes are going at an insane price of 3 for $5, so hurry and take this chance to try more flavours!)
Jumping on the promo price, I went for the recommended Teriyaki Chicken, Laksa Pasta and Thai Basil Rice out of the lot displayed.
My first taste of the Teriyaki Chicken sent a ‘Wow’ out of my mouth; perhaps I wasn’t expecting much flavours packed into its petite package.
The meat was a little dry, but nevertheless, I knew I was in for a flavour ride after that.
The next one was easily my favourite out of the three.
My two lady friends and I unanimously agreed that the Laksa Pasta cube was the most balanced, perhaps elevated by the generous sprinkle of laksa leaves on top of a tasty paste.
However, the miss among the hits came in the form of the Thai Basil Rice. It was a tad dry to my liking, and just did not pack the punch like the previous two.
But lo and behold, the surprises didn’t end there.
The friendly counter dude decided to treat us to two ‘hidden’ flavours not displayed out that day (probably because we were the only customers on a Sunday afternoon?).
It turned out that the colourful Bacon Potato and Nasi Lemak were the best ones we had (he shouldn’t have hidden them!).
With a delicious drizzle of cheese on top, the Bacon Potato was a hearty and satisfying cube of soft, mash-potato-like western delight.
The Nasi Lemak – complete with chili and ikan bilis topping – was beautifully constructed with otah, coconut rice and egg. A sumptuous and fragrant treat which could be a hit if marketed properly.
Additional note: After the Nasi Lemak cube still tasted not too bad after takeaway and microwave.
Other wacky flavours include Rice Dumpling (yes, bak zhang), Yuzu Salmon Rice and even Thai Cod Fish Rice.
This is so innovative stuff – local food turned into aesthetically pleasing savoury cubes for your next takeaway party.
Pros: The colours, the cost, the creativity.
Cons: The amount of carbs, some cubes may not be as delicious, the mental barrier to eat in cubic forms.
Quality over quantity might be what The Food Anatomy is going for, and you can always still complete your little meals with coffee or tea that is also served there.
Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B2-04, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 757492 (Near Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-10pm (Sat-Sun) (may close earlier on Sundays)
Other outlet: Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent #01-31 Singapore 139957
* Written by Wilson Ng @wilsoniscurious who spends his time between cafe hopping and writing Little Short Stories. Photos partly by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
March 26, 2017