Yet another retail-cum-F&B concept has opened in town; this time round being Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones at Level 3 of Orchard Central.
Unlike the retail-cum-cafe concept these days such as Monument Lifestyle and Groundstory Coffee & Crafts (both are featured in our jiaksimipng foodnotes series in March), The Pillar, which is the F&B branch of Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, serves up full courses in a bistro setting (though the seating is rather all over the place along aisles due to Orchard Central’s weird store layout plans) — it reminds us of now-defunct Kilo@Pact that used to operate within the same mall instead, especially for how Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones also retails apparel and fashion accessories as well. We visited Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones during their soft launch period where they were serving mains, bowl dishes, sides, salad, flatbread and desserts.
Being an item of the “mains” section of the menu, the 2015L Slider came a little empty on the plate; a little pricey at $19 considering there was only a burger being placed a little offset from the centre on the huge plate — it felt dwarfed by the plate and could probably do better with some sides such as fries and greens. That aside, the slider comes with Toasted Pretzel Buns, Gruyere, Pulled Pork in a housemade BBQ sauce and Saukerkaut topped with Dijon Mustard. The toasted pretzel buns were a little flatter than the usual burger buns, still crisp from the toasting but otherwise pretty similar to usual burger buns in terms of texture, while the pulled pork was moist and flavourful — tangy and slightly smoky from the housemade BBQ sauce. The Saukerkaut compliments the pulled pork in the slider — adequately refreshing without being too wet and rather consistent in texture with the condiments in the slider overall. What intrigued us was the wasabi-like flavour; possibly the spicy Dijon mustard, which lingers at the end of every bite — it cuts through the meatiness, giving an interesting yet fitting contrast to the entire slider.
We also went for the Lobster Fregola Sarda Pasta, which is from the “Bowl Dishes” section of the menu. Crustacean-lovers would enjoy this; pasta shaped as small pearls that come served with lobster bisque with crab meat, onsen egg, spring onions and Parmesan shavings. It comes with the crustacean’s natural sweetness, while every spoonful comes with a bite from the pasta. The onsen egg comes with the flowy egg yolk, ready to burst with a poke from the fork and mixed up with the entire dish for a silkier texture.
Inspired by Red is a dish that features different textures of strawberries and raspberries with the use of meringue, mousse, sorbet, sauce, actual fruit and even dehydrated fruit. It’s a medley of different intensities of tartness from both berries with the play of a variety of textures from crunchiness, chewiness and smoothness all coming together as one — a pretty refreshing and interesting dessert that cleanses the palate after a meal.
We also had a White (5Oz) which was decent. It’s pretty light without much of a caffeine kick given it was also rather creamy; pretty soothing but a little short of what the speciality coffee joints offer. That being said, they seemed to be really generous with the complimentary chocolate that came at the side, a nice touch with the pretty cups the coffee comes served in.
Being tucked away in the middle of Orchard Central, the Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones offers a quiet respite from the crowd in Orchard. The food is generally decent, except for the presentation of the 2015L Slider, but we can’t help but to notice that the prices are a little bit on the steep side given the dining environment and location — the 20% discount off food items during the soft launch period does make it feel slightly better. Service was good, with attentive staff around. That being said, it would be interesting to see how Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones would fare in the long run, especially with so many dining options within the same mall.
(PS: Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones is currently running a soft launch promotion with a 20% discount off all food items till 2 May 2017.)
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones
181 Orchard Road
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/steamroompillarstones/