Pacific Marketplace, the gourmet grocery and cafe at Pan Pacific Singapore, has recently revamped its menu to showcase dishes from all over the world. I personally have fond memories of the venue. As it is situated near my workplace, I come here from time to time for lunch. Prices are reasonable (even more so with Entertainer app) and I particularly love the Asian delights such as the Roasted Duck Curry and Wagyu Beef Pho.
I was recently invited to a media tasting in order to sample the beefed up menu (no pun intended). While the previous menu had a strong focus on Asian dishes, the revamp has seen a host of new sandwiches and salads. Here are the ones I tried:
Pacific Marketplace does its curries very well so I suppose it was no surprise that their Pacific Lobster Laksa ($25) was amazing. Brimming with rich (and addictive) coconut milk gravy, it came with a succulent poached Boston Lobster. It’s a more decadent version of the local dish and also priced quite reasonably well considering the premium ingredients.
Speaking of curry, vegetarians could very well consider the Sayur Lodeh ($12) which also has that rich coconut broth but with a more spicy kick. Other than the gravy itself, the dish is relatively light with toppings such as beancurd puffs, rice crackers and egg.
The Klang Bak Kut Teh ($22) is part of the original menu. It’s one of the dishes I typically order here. If you’re used to the pepper-y Singapore style Bak Kut Teh, the one here is the Malaysian version which has a more herbal flavor.
I also tried a number of the new Western options at Pacific Marketplace. I found the selection quite exotic with light bites such as Hummus and Baba Ganoush ($12) making an appearance.
That being said, the dining outlets does its breads quite well. While I am more of a meat person, I appreciated the crunchiness of the ciabatta bread used for the Off the Record Sandwich ($16), another vegetarian option with peppers caponata, eggplant, cheese and green olive tapenade in between.
For seafood lovers, the House Cured Ocean Trout ($16) is a good option as a starter but do come with a few of your lunch mates when having this. You get this deliciously crispy black rice chips on the side which has a similar texture to seaweed crisps.
Another good dish for sharing is the French Black Mussels ($16) which comes lightly simmered with white wine. You also get a baguette and mayonnaise on the side.
We ended the meal with the delicious and warm Pacific Waffle ($15) which immediately hearkened memories of the ones served for Sunday brunch at Edge. It was excellent with the maple syrup and whipped cream smothered all over it. I normally go to Pacific Marketplace for light lunches but the waffles had me reconsider.
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