Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New: Amuse by Armin Leitgeb

Awhile ago, Chef Armin Leitgeb of Les Amis left the group and went back to his homeland but now he's back with Amuse! Its a totally different concept from Les Amis. This is a tapas restaurant, muchhh cheaper and less formal!

The restaurant has been opened for about a week now! It has taken over Bodega Y Tapas at Orchard Hotel!

Colour scheme of the restaurant's red and black

Where we sat! - Bar seats

With compliments - cashew nuts!

Lightly Smoked Eel
Crispy pork crouton
Horseradish, dijon mustard, greens

There were only 3 pieces of smoked eel given and its hidden below this big slice of pork crouton haha. The boy and I really loved the smoked eel though :) We like how it retains some degree of its original flavour but mixed with a tinge of saltiness 'cos its smoked.

The pork crouton is interesting cos its like a savory crisp. Goes well with the greens I must say. 3.6/5

Grilled Spanish Octopus
Heirloom tomatoes, Austrian pumkin seed oil

The octopus was not bad, not too chewy actually! The grill taste isnt strong though. Generally a simple and clean tasting dish. Tomatoes were quite sweet. 3.4/5

Raw Marinated Japanese Hamachi
Green asparagus
Black truffle vinaigrette

Honestly I didnt really like this dish cos you can barely tell what you're eating except for the asparagus. The vinaigrette doesnt taste like black truffle at all and the hamachi has no taste? 2/5

Herbs Roasted Portobello Mushroom
Runny egg, lettuce, croutons, mushroom coulis

I guess they changed the croutons and mushroom coulis to cherry tomato but we're not complaining! The cherry tomatoes were really sweet and juicy! The dressing for this salad is kinda like a mild version of the Jap sesame dressing.

Sizzling Tiger Prawns
garlic, EVO, parsley

EVO is extra virgin olive oil btw! This was not bad, crunchy + chewy little morsels with fragrant seasoning of garlic + parsley (cant taste parsley, no worries). A little bit of grill taste in this. 3.5/5

Here's their menu I took from Sorry its so blur, when I zoom in on the menu at, its this blur! I'll just type out some stuff I find interesting but didnt try today:

BLT - crispybread, bacon foam (sounds interesting!), piccolo tomatoes
Chili crab "mantou" bun
Pickled Kurobuta Pork Cheeks (pickled!! O:)
Spicy lamb burger
And the cheese platter looks really good btw!

Service there is friendly but at the same time, you're given privacy. As you can see, I'm not very blown away by the food. I feel that this are dishes that are done well but nothing special to make me go "woah I wanna come again soon". Perhaps the other dishes are better? Do try and let me know :)

Amuse by Armin Leitgeb
442 Orchard Road #01-29 Orchard Hotel (where Bodega Y Tapas used to be)

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    On behalf of Mex Out - the recently opened 'Fresh-mex' eatery in the CBD - we would like to extend an invitation to join us for an invite-only food tasting event on Thurs 16 May evening.

    Please email me at if interested/available and I'll shoot across the invite. Hope you can join us!

    - Solonia


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