New-to-market restaurant Meet Dining at City Square Mall is inspired by French and Japanese cuisine.
It carries a wide range of lunch selections, premium beef cuts, tapas and artisan beer, with space suitable for communal dining with family and friends.
You may be surprised at its pricing, not as expensive as I would have imagined, with most of the mains below $20.
Meet is situated in good location (and you see the restaurant as you take the escalator up), has seating areas suitable for groups, some seats with a view, quite stylish décor, and a welcoming price point.
Yet, we do not hear about it much as expected. So what is missing?
This is my initial sense, and I attribute to 3 main factors: The name, lack of publicity and signature dishes.
While the name “Meet” is easy to recall, it will probably drown in Google (and other searches) and doesn’t allow potential customers to have a sense of what it is selling. Took me a while to search some information on Facebook as well.
Many new restaurants typically wait till they ‘settle down’ before publicity. That is understandable, but they need to bear in mind that food news moves faster than say, 5 years ago. Moreover, the media tends to lose interest in ‘older’ places, as some places are taking too long to ‘settle down’.
Meet is supposed to have a meat-centric menu, so you can expect Braised Pork Trotter with Angel Hair Pasta ($12), 6 Hours Braised Beef Cheek with Somen, Ginger and Roasted Sesame Seed ($15), Pulled Beef Bourguignon Gratin ($16), Caramelised Miso Pork Belly ($15), and Salmon Fricassee ($15).
Look out for the dish of Mussel. Prawn. Garlic In A Pan ($20, 2 To Share) which is a generous pan of mussels and prawns cooked with garlic, served with creamy mushroom risotto cooked with beef stock.
The risotto could have been cooked slightly softer though.
The other recommended was the Braised Pork Trotter with Angel Hair Pasta, that provided this European dish with a refreshing Asian-Taiwanese slant with richer flavours.
The good thing about Meet is they keep introducing new dishes, BUT I do think they need a few strong highlights to attract potential customers from further away over.
They do have the potential.
City Square Mall #02-37/38, 180 Kitchener Road Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6909 0568
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)