Another day, another multi-food restaurant concept in Singapore. After Singapura Heritage at The Seletar Mall and The Hainan Story at Hillion Mall, SOCIEATY by Les Amis Group features the best of the group’s favourite offerings under one roof.
Housed in the former Escape of One Farrer Hotel, SOCIEATY contains seven of the Les Amis Group’s concepts, including Tenjin, Hong Kong congee brand Mui Kee, Sushi Jin, Peperoni Pizzeria, Lemak Boys, NamNam and Tarte.
Diners would just need to order by scanning a QR code, with access to more than 100 dishes across the seven concepts.
Ever faced the situation when one
picky friend wants to have pizza and the other Japanese – perhaps this can help resolve similar issues.
Also as SOCIEATY is housed in a former hotel buffet restaurant (I thought not much is changed in terms of decor), there is a certain level of comfort and space along with service.
The original stall of Mui Kee Congee 妹記生滾粥品 in Hong Kong is located at Level 3 of Fa Yuen Street Market Mong Kok, known for its heartiness and incredibly smooth texture.
This is technically Mui Kee’s second outlet in Singapore (and they will also be launching a noodle concept soon). What makes each bowl of congee special is that it is prepared from scratch.
Regular favourites at Mui Kee include Parrot Fish Belly Congee ($11.80), Sliced Beef Congee ($9.80), Homemade Pork Meatballs Congee ($9.80), while there is also the more premium Alaskan Crab Legs Congee ($22). Prices seem to be the same as the Orchard outlet.
The signature fish belly congee in particular is well-loved for a delicious smokiness with wok-hei; best paired with dishes such as Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine ($10) and Poached Kai Lan ($8). Mui Kee (Shaw Centre)
Tenjin serves up Tempura Donburi with Premium Toko-Jo ($22.80), Special Jo ($14.80), Vegetable Yasai ($12.80) and Prawn Ebi ($17.80) sets.
These Tendon come with crispy pieces of seafood and/or vegetable tempura served atop a bed of fluffy Hoshi-Jirushi rice from the Ibaraki prefecture.
All tendons are served with miso soup and Kyabetsu salad, with choice of regular or spicy tare (sauce). Tenjin (Raffles City)
Casual Vietnamese quick-service concept NamNam serves up a variety of noodles, including Vietnam’s famous Hanoi Pho with options of Pho Chicken ($11.90), Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices & Balls ($12.90), and Australian beef combination ($12.90) available in spicy or non-spicy versions.
Broths are boiled over 24 hours, garnished with freshly chopped herbs, with no added MSG.
Pepperoni Pizzaria is popular for comforting Italian classics and wood-fired pizzas, with range of flavours from Margherita, Funghi, Hawaiian, Meatball & Scallion, Chicken Truffle, Portobello, Carne (meatballs, bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella), to Frutti Di Mare.
If you come with a group of people, I suggest you just go for the family XXL size of 21 inches ($49.50 onwards) because it is huge and good and fills up the entire table (and your tummy).
Lemak Boys (Opening mid-Dec 2020)
Lemak Boys is one of the newest concept of the Les Amis Group, and the three chefs (also featured in the logo) were from Indigo Blue Kitchen.
This is only available from mid December onwards, and I previously tried it at Shaw House. The key component which is coconut rice while light, fluffy, and slightly fragrant, came room-temperature cold and a tad oily to my liking.
As for the other ingredients I tried, there were a couple of hits and misses. The chunky square of juicy otah, and the crispy fried chicken berempah with spiced-fragrance were the highlights. Lemak Boys (Shaw House)
No chirashi don here though. Sushi Jin serves up Bento Boxes with miso soup, with choices of Oyakodon ($18), Katsu-kare Do ($22), Katsu Don ($22), Teriyaki Salmon Don ($26) and Gyudon ($28).
Note that you can only start ordering from this concept at 12pm for lunch (till 2pm last order) at 6:30pm for dinner (till 9pm).
The food also seems to be prepared in Sushi Jin’s kitchen itself (a few units down), and then get sent over to SOCIEATY.
I ordered the Katsu-kare Do ($22) which was unfortunately lacklustre as the pork cutlet was not as crisp as expected, and the curry gravy came disappointingly in a small portion – lacking the heartiness overall.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
Tarte started out as a takeaway retail concept by Les Amis Group’s Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh.
The store’s popularity went up, especially after when Chef Koh was named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef” in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
The tarts are available in more than ten flavours – an individual tart size is at 8cm diameter.
They are grouped according to “Fresh Fruit” – Cherry, Strawberry, Pear, Passionfruit Meringue, Clementine, Mixed Seasonal Fruit; “Chocolate & Nut” – Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Hazelnut Tart; and “Seasonal”.
Quite a number of the popular and seasonal flavours run out pretty soon. So do a quick scan of the counter, and order your favourites FIRST. Tarte by Cheryl Koh (Shaw Centre)
1 Farrer Park Station Road, #01-01A One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Singapore 217562
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm Last Order 2pm, Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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