Compass One, the revamped Compass Point that reopened in the third quarter of 2016 has seen a huge addition of 50 retailers. Amongst these 50 new entrants is a new F&B concept, The Corner Chef.
The proud owners aim to provide quality food at affordable prices for the neighbourhood. Using only premium ingredients, they want to let customers experience a change from the usual F&B outlets seen in shopping malls.
The Corner Chef also serves spirits and wine in an open bar concept, but every Wednesday is Ladies Night with a twist – all you hard-working females can unwind and enjoy 1-for-1 mains. That’s right, MAINS.
Who needs alcohol when you have food! (Okay if I were you, go for the food AND the booze.
We headed to The Corner Chef excited for their newly-launched King’s Platter ($55++). We were greeted with what definitely seemed fit for a king, or three kings in this case.
The platter comes with three Tiger Prawns, Salmon, Sea bass, three Slipper Lobsters, Beer-battered Fish & Chips, Strip Loin Steak, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad and Truffle Fries.
The side of Garlic Bread came with Edamame Puree. Seasoned with only lemon juice and salt, the light and tangy Edamame puree matched the crispy grilled garlic bread very well.
The truffle fries came piping hot and crispy with a saucer of homemade mayonnaise. The truffle taste was strong, unlike some restaurants where you can only smell the truffle, but not taste it.
We were excited to tuck into the Beer-battered Dory Fish & Chips, but were slightly disappointed. Although it was crispy, it was a bit on the bland side without any beer taste. The batter also did not stick to the fish and kept falling apart.
The slipper lobster, on the other hand, was perfect. It was very fresh and grilled well, best eaten when dipped into the homemade lemon garlic butter sauce.
The homemade lemon garlic butter sauce impressed everyone at the table and paired very well with all the seafood. Despite the sound of it, the sauce was actually very light and tangy and helped to bring out the freshness of the seafood.
The tiger prawns served were also big and very fresh. They were thankfully not mushy and were grilled to perfection; we were left wanting more!
The salmon was pan-fried well, with a crisp exterior encasing soft, tender flesh inside. Call me weird, but I would have liked some chilli sauce to dip the salmon in.
Seemingly out of place amongst all the seafood (but always welcome), the Strip Loin Steak was perfectly medium rare as we requested. Despite the steak being left out for awhile, it still retained its juiciness and was very tender.
I would have expected it to be on the Meat Platter instead of the King’s Platter though.
Speaking of meat, for those who are not big fans of seafood, The Corner Chef also has the option of a Meat Platter ($29.90). This platter comes with half a Spring Chicken, Chicken Chop, Pork Chop, Pork Ribs, two Garlic & Fennel Pork Sausages, and two Chicken Hotdogs.
The highlight for us was the pork ribs, but only because of the homemade BBQ sauce that was brushed on them before they were baked. The sweetness of the BBQ sauce balanced the meat very well, and the exterior of the pork tasted somewhat like bak kwa.
A slight letdown though was that the meat inside was a little tough and bland. They should definitely serve that homemade BBQ sauce on the side to dip the ribs into or work on marinating them a bit better.
There were hits and misses in both platters, but ultimately, they’re still worth it for the price that you are paying. If you’re famished and fancy a catch-up with friends, bond over a platter!
Expected damage: $15 – $30 per pax