November 10, 2016

Plentyfull @ Millenia Walk ~ Restaurant, Patisserie & Gourmet Grocer With Honest, Hearty Food

"Plentyfull" - The word instantaneously conjures positive vibes of plentiful health, friendship, food and happiness.

An all-day dual concept restaurant (derived from the French verb restaurer, meaning to restore), patisserie, and gourmet grocer, Plentyfull has opened at Millenia Walk, establishing itself as a place where restoration can be experienced through the enjoyment of honest, hearty, homemade food that is made from scratch.

Food is preservative-free and prepared with produce that is thoughtfully sourced from farmers and artisans locally and internationally. We were told that the kitchen make their own bacon and don't even own a can-opener!

Stepping into Plentyfull, we were immediately greeted with an unblocked view of the expansive space in a single glance. Large usage of glass panels, high ceiling and natural sunlight bathes the entire interior with spaciousness and warmth.

With Plentyfull's core focus on freshness, there is even a grocer on site. The small retail section is managed by Little Farms, from which the restaurant obtains some of its ingredients.

Mid-day meals are served on a market table luncheon spread with the convenience of two hearty sets to choose from. Select a base, one protein and two sides for $17+ or three sides for $19+.

Come dinner, Plentyfull transforms into a modern brasserie with full service and an ala-carte menu of season-inspired dishes.

While waiting for our dinner order to be served, PinkyPiggu had a Freshly Squeezed Apple, Beetroot, Carrot Juice ($9.90), and I enjoyed the Avocado Coco Smoothie ($11), an invigorating blend of creamy avocado, coconut water, fresh spinach, honey and yogurt. Honey is added to provide a hint of sweetness while being very well-balanced by the perkiness of the yogurt.

The meal commenced with Plum Salted Tomatoes ($6) with Thail basil and pickles to whet our appetites. Cherry tomatoes are skinned and soaked in plum brine, literally making the little fruits explode in refreshing goodness.

It's not surprising to have the chicken wing-mad PinkyPiggu requesting for the Huajiao Winglets ($8).

The mid-joints are halved, resulting in a wonderful high crispness to meat ratio. It's also easily to consume, no more messing about trying to get to the meat in between the bones. Sichuan spiced salt is appropriately used in this dish, providing the mouth tingling-numbing sensation the peppers are well-known for.

Once in a while, a trolley comes along bearing small dishes from the kitchen. Much like how traditional dim sum is served, diners can get to pick and choose what's available on the trolley. House-Smoked Salmon would be a good choice.

The House-Smoked Mussels On Toast ($24) with charred scallion yogurt & kimchi tomatoes received conflicting feedback from our table. PinkyPiggu felt that flavors and mixture of ingredients were off-balance and too confusing on the palate without a clearly defined theme, while other diners voted this bold dish as their favorite.

Personally, I enjoyed it very much due to the briny smokiness of the mussels balanced with the tangy yogurt served on top of chewy grilled bread. For me, it's a must-try.

Little Farms' Vegetable Dip ($16) with seasonal market selected vegetables resonated with all of us. Can I say the seductive vibrancy and colors of this dish (check out that purple cauliflower!) would easily convert the most hardcore carnivores to herbivores? The enticing dips including hummus as well as purees of naturally sweet roasted vegetables made eating greens such a joy.

Not that we will give up meat anytime lol, especially when tempted with the Plank of Plentyfull ($52). Comprising of Chicken, Pork Jowl and Lamb Sausage, this platter of goodness is a feast for grilled meat lovers. The lamb sausage was a particular favorite of mine with its deep robust lamb flavors but it was too gamey for PinkyPiggu. She much preferred the well-executed, juicy tenderness of the chicken.

Notable mention goes to the accompanying condiments, especially the sambal belacan which is made in-house with a family recipe. That certainly packed a fiery punch to satisfy chili lovers. Shiok!

We love carbs and we wouldn't deny! The Short-Rib Ragu with Housemade Pappardelle ($26) would be one that is worth the calories. Fresh pasta is perfectly made with the right thickness and cooked to an al-dente bite, before being tossed in a gelatinous rich short rib sauce together with confit vine tomatoes and pecorino cheese. The combination was highly agreeable.

Pumpkin Pillow Gnocchi ($24), the seemingly unassuming dish received its rave reviews from our group too. The pumpkin dumplings had a pillow-like light and airy texture, which is a testament to the skillful, delicate handling and shaping of the raw dough by the chef. Paired with greens and pecorino cheese in a delectable brown butter and sage sauce, it's easily my favorite dish of the night.

For a sweet ending, there is a selection of cakes and pastries made fresh on premise daily. The Devil’s Food Cake ($9) layered with sponge and Valrhona dark chocolate ganache was quite a sinful hit! Its sponge had the ideal density and moisture, and the richness of the dark chocolate was indeed satisfying.

Comparatively, the Queen's Cake ($9) was a lighter, angelic choice of strawberry sponge layered with rose cream, lychee and raspberries. Its fluffy texture was spot on and utterly enjoyable.

Plentyfull certainly has plenty to offer in terms of food and ambience. The use of quality ingredients and a good healthy selection of vegan choices makes this place suitable for both meat and veggie lovers.

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Contact: +65 6493 2997
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10:30pm / Sat & Sun Brunch 10:30am-5pm

Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.

* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited with additional inputs by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu

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