Central Park @ UTown

[Note] Central Park @ UTown has closed down.

Type of Institution: Non-vegetarian

Address: Central Park, No 2 College Avenue West, Stephen Riady Building #01-09, UTown (National University of Singapore), Singapore 138697
Tel: +65 6734 0298
Website: http://www.centralparkutown.com/, https://www.facebook.com/CentralParkAtUTown

Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 11.30 am – 6 pm (last order), Fri – Sat 11.30 am – 10 pm (last order)

Overall: 6.0/10

Central Park @ UTownCentral Park is a fairly new café that touts itself as the new dining destination for the health-conscious, established within the educational hub of University Town at NUS, or UTown for short. I’ve been wanting to try the food here ever since I’ve heard about its concept – “raw, vegan, vegetarian, seafood – fresh, quality food and mostly organic”. If there’s one thing that unites most vegans, it’s our invariable excitement at the opening of a new eatery that proudly proclaims an affinity with plant-based food. I visited on a Saturday afternoon, when the café was fairly empty. I was disappointed to find that they only had a few vegan selections, most of which I tried. There also were no raw food options aside from their dessert of the day. The food took a while to arrive although the café was mostly unoccupied as the chef seemed to have been working the kitchen on her own.

Heirloom Potato

Central Park @ UTownThis colourful medley of oven-roasted sweet potatoes and purple, gold and pink heirloom potatoes had wonderfully fresh and natural flavours, which would have been perfect with just a bit more salt and black pepper. But the texture of the potatoes paled greatly in comparison – the soggy skins clung to the potato flesh, which were all too soft. The addition of truffle oil did not accomplish much, though it might have successfully dressed up the simple dish if the failings mentioned previously had been addressed. ($8.90)

Chef’s Vegetable Special – Quinoa and Tempeh

Central Park @ UTownRound blackened tempeh cakes marinated in a sweet and smoky Cajun-style seasoning were served on a bed of chewy quinoa infused with mushroom flavour. Sweet cherry tomatoes helped to balance out the dish. ($13.90)

Vegan Pasta

Central Park @ UTownA scattering of cubed Portobello mushrooms and black olives could not spruce up the slightly overcooked and flavourless fusilli. ($9.90)

Juicelogy

Central Park @ UTownDrinks-wise, kudos to Central Park for bringing in Juiceology, which creates delicious, organic, all-natural juice cocktails with subtle, complex flavours (as well as teapigs, one of my favourite tea brands in the world). I loved the Coconut Water and White Guava – refreshing coconut water is softly sweetened with white guava, and rounded off with hints of lemon and cinnamon. The Lychee, Berry and Basil was an interesting blend but I personally do not enjoy dominating notes of berry. ($7 for each bottle)

Conclusion: There were only a few vegan selections at Central Park – you’d have better luck with the Chef’s Vegetable Special as the ones on the regular menu were unexceptional.

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11 comments
  1. jellyheartslove said:

    the vegan dish may not be vegab aftrt all, cuz the fusilli might be made of eggs. but then, you can’t expect much from a cafe that doesn’t specialise in veganism.

    • VeganAsh said:

      Hey there, actually the pasta probably was vegan. Dried pasta in small shapes such as fusilli are almost always vegan. It’s only when fresh pasta is used that there’s a risk eg for tagliatelle, or for pastas such as gnocchi, tortellini and lasagne sheets.

      • jellyheartslove said:

        ohh I see I see. thanks for the input. really enjoy reading your reviews! lots of photos and true reviews 🙂

      • VeganAsh said:

        Thanks! 🙂

  2. Veganjason said:

    Thx 4 the review. Have been waiting 4 1 on central park. Asked hungry ang mo 2 review it but i’m still waiting 4 his review 🙂 anyway, how did u learn of central park?

    • VeganAsh said:

      You’re welcome 🙂 I’ve read about Central Park from a few sources and also from word of mouth. The first time I heard about it might be from the Vegetarian Society’s newsletter.

  3. ken said:

    They keep marketing themselves as a vegan restaurant and that the chef was trained as a raw vegan chef etc but then really, it is a seafood restaurant. Plus, you can’t really call yourself a vegan restaurant unless you don’t sell meat at all. Oh, but Central Park says seafood isn’t meat…

  4. Thanks for your informative blogpost! I live at the west side of Singapore so I’ll check it out soon!

    • VeganAsh said:

      Hi Angela, thanks, let me know how it goes!

  5. Veganjason said:

    Hi. I believe Central @ UTown is “permanently closed”. Did u try any dish though?

    • VeganAsh said:

      Yes, thanks for reminding me, I’ve updated the post accordingly!

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