Type of Institution: Vegan
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, P3-07 (3rd Floor), Parco Marina Bay
Tel: +65 6298 8198
7 Sensations prides itself on offering creative and healthy vegetarian food, and in many ways this is true. The menu is influenced by many different types of cuisines and many of the dishes used more unconventional ingredients or employed an interesting combination of ingredients, as will be further elaborated upon below. The menu doesn’t seem to have changed at all, or at least not significantly, since my previous visit. I visited 7 Sensations a few years ago when it was still located within a shop house in Little India. It is currently located in the middle of a shopping mall in PARCO Marina Bay, Millenia Walk with an open floor plan. Service was efficient and unobtrusive.
Black Olive Brown Rice
This dish was basically organic brown rice stir-fried with black olives, sautéed bell peppers and other vegetables, and very hard tempeh/tofu cubes. Although it was quite flavourful, the rice seemed overcooked or perhaps it was not refrigerated before frying as it was mushy and it was not separated into individual grains. The brown rice came with wonderful crisps made from a slightly bitter bean whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment. Unfortunately the other accompanying element, the herbal soup, was bland. ($12)
Vegetarian Curry Fish
The best dish I tried here. The curry was quite flavourful without being too cloying, and it was not too spicy. The ladies finger and eggplant were perfect additions to the curry. The “fish” did indeed look like fish though its texture was less realistic as it was more reminiscent of tofu, but I liked the texture of the “fish” nonetheless. It isn’t always necessary to achieve a perfect replica with mock meat dishes – I find that often times their texture can be very appealing in their own way regardless of what they are trying to imitate. Finally the curry was balanced off with sweet, refreshing slices of green apple, which illustrates the aforementioned creativity of 7 Sensations. ($18)
Bailin Mushroom with Spinach
This was probably the healthiest dish we ordered – spinach with bailin mushrooms, braised with red dates, boxthorn fruits (also known as wolfberry or Goji) and dang gui. Although the spinach was perfectly cooked and it was possible to taste the herbs, the dish was generally quite bland. ($13.90)
The vegan pizza was quite creative and extremely healthy – it was basically a wholemeal pizza base topped with bell peppers, soy protein to provide a meaty texture, and homemade tofu cheese. The pizza was quite small and not very filling so you would probably want to order something else if you want to make a meal out of it. The tofu cheese had a good, relatively cheese-like texture though it was more like feta cheese rather than the typical pizza cheeses. That being said, I liked the mere fact that a vegan cheese alternative was used and I wish more restaurants in Singapore would follow suit – I haven’t seen many vegan cheese alternatives here like soy cheese or cashew cheese although they are so prevalent in eateries in Western countries. ($10.50 for 6” pizza)
Conclusion: I liked the fact that 7 Sensations lived up to its promise of offering creative and healthy food, but the food was on the pricier side. If I happened to be hungry and in Orchard though, I would drop by to try the other items on the menu.