Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Kith Bistro at Park Mall

C says:

We've always had a soft spot for Kith after discovering them while we were squatting in the River Valley area. After we moved away it became increasingly more inconvenient to head there just for breakfast/brunch, particularly because of the limited dining space at their Robertson outlet.

With the slew of new "artisanal" coffee joints popping up of late, it's really heartening to see stalwarts like Kith, one of the pioneers of the trend, still going strong despite the competition and even expanding.

Kith has recently opened a second outlet at Park Mall, with a much bigger space that's more conducive to dining. The menu has also expanded, with an array of pastas and main courses in addition to their breakfast and sandwich options. The cafe is located right next to Xtra, but access is via the outside of Park Mall (facing Penang Road), not within the mall.

On Saturday we decided to have brunch there before I headed to the gym, hence my rather uncharacteristic choice of a grilled eggplant sandwich over a pasta. In my defense, the sandwich sounded very interesting, with grilled eggplant, baby spinach, brie and truffle oil. This was a very satisfying portion for only $12, and a nice flavour combination too.

A ordered the mushroom ravioli in a tomato-vodka cream sauce. The ravioli was rather ordinary, but the sauce was incredible. We mopped, or rather scraped, the plate clean with the bread from the sandwich, to the disbelief of owner Jane.

Thankfully they haven't done away with the toasties that we loved so much at the other outlet; in fact, they've added a few flavours like the banana, caramel and cheddar one that we ordered as dessert. Again, the 3 flavours went together a lot better than I expected, with just enough cheese to add a savoury edge without overpowering the banana and caramel.

At noon on Saturday they were pretty full, with all indoor tables occupied. I'm really happy to see that they're doing well, and if they keep up the good food at their very reasonable prices I think they'll continue to draw the crowds. I think next time we'll come back for dinner, so that I can really order what I want. Can't wait.

A says:

Even better than the original. Lots more seating, although the indoor area is still quite small. And with the bigger kitchen, they’ve got a much larger range of food (which is excellent). Best of all, it’s still not expensive considering the sky-rocketing prices of food at a good coffee café nowadays. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this is so it doesn’t get overcrowded. Heh

Kith Bistro
9 Penang Road
#01-01E Park Mall
Tel: 6338-8611
Open daily: 8 am to 10 pm (last order 9.30 pm)

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