Type of Institution: Non-vegetarian
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 3 pm, 5.30 pm – 10 pm (only brunch menu available on Sundays)
The first time you walk into the minimalist concrete space of KILO at PACT will feel like you’ve stumbled onto one of the best-kept secrets along Orchard Road – this outpost of Kilo restaurant over by the Kallang River is housed within the super-chic multi-concept store PACT, discreetly tucked away in a corner of Orchard Central. The abundant streams of natural light and the simple, tasteful décor dramatized with cacti make for a beautiful lunch experience. The Japanese-Vietnamese-Western menu includes sandwiches, salads, sushi rolls, pasta, rice bowls and sharing plates.
Fresh figs, juicy pomegranate seeds and cherry tomatoes create the simple, pleasantly sweet flavours that dominate in the Quinoa-Fig Salad, accompanied with crunchy quinoa, roasted walnuts and fresh rocket leaves, and drizzled with a pomegranate dressing. The serving is rather small so make sure to get something else if you’re hungry. Vegans should also note that cheese might be added to the salad although it’s not stated as an ingredient on the menu, so caution the waiter before placing your order. ($19)
Rice Bowl with Tofu and Roasted Vegetables
Quality ingredients combined with attention to detail made this simple rice bowl a satisfying meal. Sticky Niigata rice was topped with freshly roasted asparagus and zucchini, sweet and juicy yellow and red peppers, sugar snap peas, salted sweet corn, cherry tomatoes topped with a savoury quinoa sauce, marinated tofu steaks, and – my favourite of all – lovely alfafa sprouts infused with a light wasabi flavour. It would have been perfect save for the slightly excessive amount of soy sauce that came with the bed of rice. ($17)
Conclusion: The vegan fusion food options here are better than average, but it’s the ambience and the beautiful setting that will keep me coming back.