February 9, 2017
Food Anatomy is all about culinary design and food plating in what may seem to be an unorthodox fashion. You may recognise this joint from Timbre+, so yes, it’s the same brand except this is its first standalone outlet outside from the food container itself.
Situated at Tanjong Pagar Centre, this is where you will find colourful layers of deconstructed local delights in “cake” form. Choosing from a selection of different cube dishes on display, customers get to assemble their very own three-course meals based on their personal preference.
Food with such a novelty usually carries a hefty price tag, but the cubes here are actually sold at surprisingly affordable prices. Priced at $7.50 for 3 or $2.50 per piece, each cube will excite both your visual and taste palate.
The first in the line-up is the Laksa Pasta ($2.50), a delicious combination of creamy pasta topped with a succulent prawn patty. Despite it’s tiny package, the taste of the pasta was really flavourful — I would attribute this to the sprinkle of laksa leaves that completed the dish.
Of course, we had to try the ever popular Nasi Lemak ($2.50). Constructed with otah, egg and pandan coconut rice, each layer blended so well together. The finishing touches of sambal chilli and ikan bilis made the savoury treat all the more sedap and fragrant.
We couldn’t possibly pass on the Pork Lasagna ($2.50). The combination of pasta marinara and organic pasta is doused with a delectable mushroom cream which we enjoyed thoroughly. However, I have to admit that I still prefer my lasagna baked in a big serving plate, because one cube is simply not enough.
We couldn’t stop at just three cubes, so naturally, we ordered another three to sample.
The Korean Braised Pork Rice ($2.50) was probably my least favourite out of the bunch. While the braised pork was great, I felt that the spinach and rice combination at the bottom came off a tad bit dry and could use more sauce or seasoning to amplify the taste.
The Seafood Baked Rice ($2.50) was better in comparison. The squid ink rice was a nice addition to the seafood patty and served to complement it rather well.
We absolutely loved the Bacon Potato ($2.50). Now this is how a mashed potato should be done. The soft potato cube was extremely addictive, with flecks of bacon embedded within, accompanied by a drizzle of cheese on top. Oddly enough, this satisfied me much more than the mains did.
My only gripe with Food Anatomy is that all the food cubes are pre-made, meaning that they are heated on the spot upon placing the order. But given that it might be impossible to re-create all these dishes in a short time span, I guess that is understandable.
That being said, the concept behind Food Anatomy is incredibly innovative. I don’t think I’ve ever had local food in the form of cubes before so this was certainly a first.
Did I mention that these cubes are also aesthetically pleasing to boot? Plus, these are great as takeaway meals if you’re part of the hustle and bustle of the working crowd.
Expected damage: $7.50 for 3, $2.50 per piece