Sufood is said to be the number one vegetarian chain in Taiwan that is renowned for its stylish and innovative cuisine.
With our local branch at Raffles City in its 3rd year running in Singapore's competitive food scene, the restaurant is obviously doing something right with this approach towards healthy meatless dining. Options offered ranges from strict-vegetarian (garlic and onion free) to lacto-vegetarian dishes.
PinkyPiggu and I made a recent visit to try their 8-Course Vegelicious Feast comprising of new dishes which was introduced just two weeks ago on 1st March.
Stepping into Sufood, there was an immediate appreciation of spaciousness. Tables and chairs are placed comfortably apart, providing much privacy and elbow space.
Service was prompt and friendly, and the server gave a quick guide through the menu.
Though ala-carte items are available with soups starting from $9.80 and mains from $21.80 onwards, I would strongly recommend the 8-Course Vegelicious Feast set menu at $39.80++ per person.
Not only does it make more economical sense compared to ordering the dishes separately, the full set meal provides a more rounded and satisfying dining experience.
Each 8-Course Vegelicious Feast set menu offers the luxury of choice for the Salad, Soup, Main Course, Dessert and Beverage. It also includes Appetizer, Rosemary Breadstick, and Mulberry Juice Vinegar.
While some signature favorites such as Cream Of Pumpkin Soup and Lion's Mane Mushroom with Black Pepper Sauce are still on the menu, there are also quite a number of new items.
These includes Mix Fruit & Vegetable Salad in Blueberry Dressing, as well as two truffle dishes, Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Black Truffles, and Grain Rice with Mushrooms & Truffles.
Our dinner commenced with Sufood's appetizer of Kelp with Shredded Huai Shan. Huai Shan or Chinese yam is typically used in TCM to boost poor appetite, making it the perfect meal starter. The kelp provided a boost of saltiness and flavor to an otherwise bland-tasting Huai Shan.
Mix Fruit & Vegetable Salad with Blueberry Dressing was a joy to look at with its vibrant colors. The star of this dish is the blueberry sauce which provided some berry sweetness and tartness to the medley of vegetables, nuts and fruits.
Macadamia Fruit Salad with the combined mix of macadamia nuts, avocados, roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, leafy vegetables and pomelo made it a texture bomb. Those chunks of roasted sweet potatoes paired juicy pomelo and zesty pineapple-flavored vinaigrette dressing were especially enjoyable. Worthy returning just for this salad alone.
The Burdock Root & Cashew Broth is a Chinese-style soup featuring burdock root, lotus root and cashews nuts stewed in light vegetable broth. Clear and light-tasting, it was a great way to warm up the stomach.
I can't say the same for Cream of Pumpkin Soup, which was personally, quite a let-down due to its flat, one-dimensional taste. It also wasn't anywhere near rich and creamy as described on the menu.
My advice is to go for the Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Black Truffles. Flavors were adequate and further enhanced with a drizzle of truffle oil.
Moving on to the mains, the new Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle is cheeky take on the typical ink squid pasta we are so accustomed to. Charcoal is used to recreate the dark hues, while chunky king oyster mushroom sautéed in olive oil is used to mimic the squid.
Though PinkyPiggu was not particularly fond of the starchy texture of the tagliatelle (which is more like Chinese noodles instead of pasta), the dish was well put-together as whole, and still worth a try.
I see star, I see pizza! It's the Star Pizza! The gorgeous-looking star-shaped pizza with oyster mushrooms, salted seaweed topping, cream chesse-stuffed crust, mustard and wasabi sauce really screamed for attention and begged to be eaten. It was very delicious.
The Oyster Mushroom Stone Pot Rice's colorful presentation reminded us of Korean's bibimbap. With all the vegetables mixed with oven-toasted rice in savory spicy sauce, the flavors of dish grew steadily on us. Polished every bit off.
For desserts, we prefer the silky-smooth Crystal Beancurd Pudding topped with tree resin over the Roselle Jelly Yoghurt as the latter was overwhelmingly sweet for our liking.
Sufood indeed brings many stylish and innovative ideas to the vegetarian dining scene. After completing the 8-course meal, meat-crazy PinkyPiggu and I left the place feeling fully satisfied even though it was a meatless dining experience. It spoke volumes of the well-crafted dishes.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103
Contact: +65 6333 5338
Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 11.30am-3pm (last order 2.30pm) & Dinner 5.30pm-10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is 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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