Platypus Kitchen @ Bugis Junction

Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction
Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction

Platypus Kitchen is currently on my list of favourite restaurants. It is one of three restaurants under the Platypus group of restaurants, founded by young chef and cookbook author, Nicholas Lin.

Nicholas Lin's cookbook - Bachelor's Banquet
Nicholas Lin’s cookbook – Bachelor’s Banquet
Nicholas signing his books for fans at Platypus Kitchen
Nicholas signing his books for fans at Platypus Kitchen

Platypus restaurants are casual Mediterranean bistros, specialising in hand-made pastas and gourmet risottos. The restaurants serve up seasonal gourmet cuisine at affordable prices.

Nicholas has a few key philosophies for his restaurants:

– Fresh produce
– Seasonal ingredients
– No gimmicks
– Affordable gourmet

Prices are kept reasonable by sourcing and using local ingredients and what is in season.

Nicholas made it a point to keep all the items in his menu at under S$20 – this despite the fact that his dishes feature premium ingredient like saffron, caviar and scallops.

He also promise diners that “what you see is what you get” on the menu. All the dishes are plated beautifully. If they do not tally with the pictures in the menu, you can send the items back to the kitchen.

Platypus Kitchen offers a large selection of hand-made pastas and risottos. Pastas are all made fresh daily and contain no additive preservatives.

These are the items I have tried at Platypus Kitchen:

SPICY ‘DIABLO’ CRAB & PRAWN (Egg Tagliolini with prawns and crab claw tossed in a spicy egg sauce) - S$18.50
SPICY ‘DIABLO’ CRAB & PRAWN (Egg Tagliolini with prawns and crab claw tossed in a spicy egg sauce) – S$18.50
SQUID-INK SCALLOP RAGOUT (Squid-ink Tagliolini served with seared bay  scallops in a light garlic-sauce) - S$16.50
SQUID-INK SCALLOP RAGOUT (Squid-ink Tagliolini served with seared bay scallops in a light garlic-sauce) – S$16.50
SAFFRON & CAVIAR RISOTTO (Saffron infused risotto with char-grilled prawns and scallops then finished with sustainable caviar and fine herbs) - S$19.90
SAFFRON & CAVIAR RISOTTO (Saffron infused risotto with char-grilled prawns and scallops then finished with sustainable caviar and fine herbs) – S$19.90
TRUFFLE CARBONARA TAGLITELLE (Egg Tagliatelle with double-smoked bacon and mushrooms in a truffle egg-yolk sauce) - S$16.50
TRUFFLE CARBONARA TAGLITELLE (Egg Tagliatelle with double-smoked bacon and mushrooms in a truffle egg-yolk sauce) – S$16.50
Salad, drink and soup that comes with a set meal
Salad, drink and soup that comes with a set meal
PRESSED PORK BELLY (Melt in your mouth pork belly served with  braised apples, garden vegetables and a honey & clove apple glaze) - S$19.90
PRESSED PORK BELLY (Melt in your mouth pork belly served with braised apples, garden vegetables and a honey & clove apple glaze) – S$19.90
RISOTTO BALLS (Mozzarella-stuffed balls of risotto, breaded  in panko then deep fried and served over of rich pumpkin puree) - S$8.90
RISOTTO BALLS (Mozzarella-stuffed balls of risotto, breaded in panko then deep fried and served over of rich pumpkin puree) – S$8.90
CRAB CAKES (Three potato fritters stuffed with large  chunks of crab claw meat, deep fried and served with lemon) - S$12.90
CRAB CAKES (Three potato fritters stuffed with large chunks of crab claw meat, deep fried and served with lemon) – S$12.90
TRUFFLE FRIES (Thick cut French fries seasoned with white  truffle oil and topped with shaved truffles) - S$6.90
TRUFFLE FRIES (Thick cut French fries seasoned with white truffle oil and topped with shaved truffles) – S$6.90
SEA SALT CARAMEL - S$5.90
SEA SALT CARAMEL – S$5.90
SMITH'S ALE and MOMO-LYCHEE ALE - S$9.90 each
SMITH’S ALE and MOMO-LYCHEE ALE – S$9.90 each
You can see the fresh ingredient in the ales
You can see the fresh ingredient in the ales

It is very hard to find a good restaurant with all these factors – 1) convenient location (Bugis Junction); 2) quality food (gourmet pasta and risotto); 3) affordable pricing (all dishes are under s$20); 4) cosy ambient (restaurant can comfortably accommodate 100 pax). Platypus Kitchen fits all these criteria.

I frequent the restaurant and would also recommend it to others. Go try it. 🙂

Platypus Kitchen

Address: #03-29, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street
Phone: 6333-4434
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12:00 – 22:00

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