Midpoint Orchard must be one of the most under-the-radar buildings along the Orchard Road belt. For foodies, you can head there for Morinaga Izakaya Restaurant and Food Valley Food Court (Note that Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho is moving).
Hidden on the basement level of Midpoint Orchard is the Muslim-owned French fries-specialty shop also known as a Friterie – Spuds.
Spuds is another name for potatoes as it is known as a sharp spade used to dig out large-rooted plants and thus the name of the cafe.
With a total of 18 seats in store, Spuds serves only imported French Fries with 13 signature flavours, differentiated by the varied toppings.
Think Unicorn ($7.90), Bolobolo ($7.90), Arigatou ($7.90), Pizzaso ($7.90), Sunshine ($7.90) and Melted Gold ($6.90).
As the name implies, the Unicorn ($7.90) is the most Instagram-worthy item on the menu.
This is drizzled with generous amount of nacho cheese of different colour such as red, green, blue and yellow on top of these thick cut French fries.
As the French fries are freshly prepared a la minute, this will take some time for the food to be served – not the usual fast food speed.
I enjoyed the thick cut, golden-brown French Fries that was hot and crispy on the outside, slightly moist on the inside.
While the colours may seem different for the Unicorn, the various nacho cheese tasted similar, with the yellow sauce being the strongest with that distinct cheese taste.
I also took a liking for the locally-inspired fusion flavours such as Krusty Crab ($6.90) which is chilli crab sauce, Dolmat ($7.90) with satay peanut sauce, Melted Gold ($6.90) representing salted egg, and Bolobolo ($7.90) with Nasi Lemak toppings.
Nasi Lemak toppings on fries?
Yes, the Bolobolo ($7.90) came with ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber, quail eggs and sambal just like the ingredients of a basic plate of Nasi Lemak.
Even though the sambal is not as spicy and shiok, the fries were coated with spices fragrant and aromatic.
Not only did the toppings provided an additional textural crunch, there was a certain sense of familiarity, make this both relatable and pretty addictive.
Do bring cash along as the reception is weak due to its location on the basement floor, making mobile payment almost impossible.
Ventilation in store can be another issue, and you may leave the store smelling of deep-fried food.
Midpoint Orchard #B1-07, 220 Orchard Road, Singapore 238852
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.