Café Quenino found within the new Artyzen Singapore hotel, stands as a gorgeous establishment, blending the allure of a day cafe with the charm of a night-time cocktail bar.

I visited during the day time for well… my own birthday celebration.

Stunning space. The hotel features striking greenery, elongated ceilings, and arches reminiscent of its predecessor (Villa Marie), alongside artful displays.

It is indeed quite photogenic.

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The café’s ambiance is accentuated by its floor-to-ceiling windows that offer guests a picturesque view of the landscaped garden, creating a serene backdrop for dining.

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“Quenino” means ‘little one’, with its menu offering a modern twist on the rich flavours of Malaccan Creole Portuguese cuisine.

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Sounds promising, though my friends and I did wonder about its positioning and pricing.

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Menu-wise, mains include Charred Hispi Cabbage ($22), Pan Roasted Barramundi ($31), Grilled Chicken ($22), Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder ($33) and Grilled Angus Beef ($42) with mustard brown butter emulsion.

There is also a section of ‘local flavours’ offering Assam Ang Kar Prawns ($48), Pot Pie Chicken Curry Kapitan ($28) and Beef Short Ribs with Rendang Sauce ($120).

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My favourite dish was the Pot Pie Chicken Curry Kapitan ($28).

Encased in a flaky roti pastry shell, the flavours were rich and comforting, marrying well with the crisp exterior.

However, the portion size could have been bigger, especially considering the price point.

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A recommended dish from the server at Café Quenino was the Grilled Chicken with Peri-Peri Sauce and Lemon ($22).

The chicken itself was cooked well, offering a tender and juicy bite with a light crisp.

However, the Peri-Peri sauce lacked the punch one might expect. It seems to have been toned down, possibly to cater to a broader palette, especially tourists who might prefer less spice.

This choice, while understandable, may leave one longing for the bold flavours traditionally associated with Peri-Peri.

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Café Quenino’s Salad Bar is a refreshing offering, with a choice of two salads for $22.

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My selections included the Roasted Pumpkin with White Miso, Walnuts, Sweet Spice, and Honey, as well as the Green Beans, Asparagus, Zucchini, and Chilli Sambal.

I liked that there were Asian touches infused into their dishes, a refreshing departure from the norm.

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The Café Q Basque Cheesecake ($16) was an anticipated dessert, though fell slightly short of expectations with its centre not as molten as one might hope.

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Café Quenino, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden, offers a serene backdrop to its culinary offerings.

While some dishes may not hit the mark entirely and price on the higher side, the effort to pay homage to the region’s culinary heritage with a modern twist is evident.

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Café Quenino
Artyzen Singapore, 9 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249719
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 12am (Mon – Sun)

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