Fast forward few months, they decided to venture into a second outlet at the Esplanade.
As usual, I am being skeptical about food standards whenever F&B establishment opens more outlets.
Well, Nigiro proved me wrong.
For a start, being situated at second level of Esplanade Mall gave them the advantage of a Waterfront view.
Together with natural lighting and sleek furniture, it elevates the style and dining atmosphere to a different level.
A place which I could envisioned myself sipping a cup of coffee and spending my quiet afternoon away. Quite a contrast compared to the Suntec City outlet.
Also with the luxury of space, it is a possible dining place for big group gatherings as well as for family outings.
Some of their recommended dishes include Cobb Salad ($16), Mentaiko Potato Pizza ($19) and NIGIRO Hamburg Steak ($25).
By the way, the iPad ordering system wasn’t really intuitive because of the comprehensive menu. Just saying.
I ended up with the Hokkaido ($26), a prawn-based broth pasta loaded with fresh seafood such as snow crab meat, clams and sea urchin.
It was like having pasta in prawn bisque, with umami-ness on every bite.
While my expectation wasn’t high for Chicken Gorgonzola ($24), as it was not on the list of recommendations, it turned out to be a pleaser.
The grilled chicken was tender and juicy, added with a hint of charred fragrance. The meat was well complemented with the creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce which gave an enhanced robustness.
Served with a serving of greens and roasted potatoes, I liked how the overall presentation promotes healthy eating and gives an additional visual appealing factor to this dish. Very Japanese-style.
One can also choose to add on a Soup of the Day for $2.50.
There was also a wide selection of desserts to choose from but being an avid matcha lover, I dived straight for the Matcha Cheesecake ($8.90) without much consideration.
But only to be disappointed.
The matcha sponge was dry, and tasted like the cake has been sitting in the display fridge for a while. Pricey for this standard.
Fortunately, the Churros Cheese Tart ($4.80) was their saving grace.
A crumbly tart with overflowing lava cheese when cut open, I enjoyed having the cookie-like texture crust together with the cheesy content.
The must-order from this shop, if you could only pick one thing.
Nigiro Café Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue #02-14, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6238 1669
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 11:30am – 1am (Fri & Sat)
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.