A small bistro which seats less than 12 pax, WADO Dining specializes in European Western Cuisine and sells affordable 3-course set meal from $23 onwards.
Inconspicuously located at Promenade@Pelikat (somewhere in Hougang), it is probably not the most convenient place for a restaurant to be at.
Perhaps the more notable dining places in the vicinity are such as Lorong Ah Soo Market, Ciel Patisserie and Flavour Flings.
WADO refers to the acronym of “Whip A Dish Out”.
The owners hope to bring usual high-end European fares to the heartland at wallet-friendly price point, without compromising on the quality of ingredients.
Available all-day, they serve set course menu with 3 price tier – 3 course set ranging from $23, $28 $34 and 4 course set from $27, $32 and $38.
Ala-carte menu is not available at point of visit.
I was first served with Soup and Appetizers of Mushroom Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Bruschetta and Crab Cake.
Worth a mention was the Deep-Fried Crab Cake which came with crab meat mayonnaise fillings in breadcrumb crust, coupled with spiced bechamel sauce.
It was so good that I would gladly pay for a second helping, or a bigger serving of crab cake.
Some of the mains available were such as Grilled Lamb Rack with Pomegranate Sauce, Crumbed Chicken and Battered Fish & Fries with Yuzu Tartar.
Being a fan of cream-based pasta, my attention went to the Soft Shell Crab Pasta which was loaded with creamy mentaiko sauce, topped with seaweed and bonito flakes for a touch of Japanese flavour.
The al dente spaghetti was generously coated with mentaiko cream, which leads to every mouthful filled with savoury umami-ness.
The chef previously served in Moon’s Steakhouse at Swissotel Grand in Shanghai and I was looking forward to try their Grilled Beef with Truffle Red Wine Sauce.
Using meltique beef striploin, it has a rather consistent fat-to-meat ratio which leads to tender juicy meat texture when grilled.
While it was a decent serving of grilled beef, the thickness of the meat could be further refined to differentiate themselves from general commercialized eateries in neighbourhood shopping malls.
My grilled beef was also cooked till medium-well. I would usually prefer service staff to prompt and ask for choice of meat doneness as I usually go for medium-rare steak.
There was a time when plated desserts were done in such a way where the messier it was presented, the more artistic it looks.
Their Baked Chocolate Tart and Smoked Candied Turkey Bacon Toast came served with whipped cream, ice cream and drizzled with fruit compote and sauces.
While it looks very much eye-catching for the Instagram, I couldn’t bring myself to finish everything as it was too much the calorie bomb.
For the price that I am paying for a set course menu, I think WADO’s offering is still value for money and worth a visit for those staying around the area.
183 Jalan Pelikat #01-18, Promenade@Pelikat, Singapore 537643
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed Mon