Lunch @ Compl(e)ments of

November 8, 2013 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

I have to admit I was confused between Temporium and Compl(e)ments of. I thought they were 2 different cafes. But… I saw the light. o_O Haha. Temporium is a lifestyle concept comprised of a pop-up store, diner and gallery. And it’s the diner that is called ‘Compl(e)ments of’. And the people behind ‘Compl(e)ments are’:-

  (A) Papa Palheta – Provides the coffee, tea and beers. No orange juice, etc
  (B) Wild Rocket – Dishes out the mains. 1 main for breakfast, 1 main for both lunch and dinner
  (C) Weekend Worker – Supplies ceramic wares on wooden tray

I arranged to meet my friend at 2.30pm with the plan to eat our lunch through to tea period, which starts at 3pm, so that we can then order and try more! However, that’s redundant as tea is available all day with selection of coffee, cakes and crossiants.

Rather, we got lucky.

We came knowing that breakfast is served till 11am and lunch starts at 11am. However we got confused and thought breakfast was available for the entire day as the menu wrote “all-day breakfast”. And we must have looked really disappointed when the staff corrected us at 2.30pm that breakfast was not available because he took the initiative to check with the kitchen if there were still eggs. And yes! We managed to try the breakfast! Keke. Not that I am encouraging everyone to try that (stunt). He was really being nice, and I guess it helped that we came on a quiet weekday afternoon. =)

The main for lunch & dinner changes every month. For the month of November, it’s Pork Donburi.

To those who are interested in previous months’, check out fellow bloggers’ reviews:-
  September: RubbishEatRubbishGrow on Salmon Red Rice Donburi
  October: Ms-SkinnyFat on Chili Crab Burger

And thus, from the menu, my friend and I ordered:-

1) Truffle soft boiled eggs, ‘pancake’ madeleine with bacon sour cream, $8 (above) – This will be the main for breakfast which is available till 11am. At first sight, the eggs look like the normal soft boiled eggs which are easily available from coffee shops. But break the yolk, take a mouthful and one can taste the subtle truffle flavouring in the eggs. Nice. But we did think it was weird to have bacon in the sour cream to go with the madeleine. Like, savoury don’t go together with sweet?

2) 3-courses set, $26 comprised of:–

(A) Latte (above) – We opted for the 3-courses set which gave us better value (for money). 3-courses include coffee / tea, main and dessert / cake. I chose latte for my choice of coffee.

(B) Pork donburi (above) – And what seem to be presented as healthy eating with the red rice, pork was braised with minimal marinade. But don’t judge its taste by its unappetizing colour for Wild Rocket had selected good meat. Pork was tender and juicy with a good amount of soft bone and fats. Nice!

(C) Teh tarik panna cotta, $8 (above) – This was our selection of dessert for our 3-courses. It’s almost like a deconstructed bubble tea (milk tea with pearls). Panna cotta was soothingly silky with the subtle familiar bitterness of tea.

Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Compl(e)ments of. And it definitely helped that we came on a quiet weekday afternoon where we shared the place with 3 other people. We were able to shop next door (which is connected to Compl(e)ments of) while waiting for our food. However, with only 2 long (communal) tables and 1 round tables that can fit 20 people at one time, I wouldn want to imagine how packed it will get on a weekend. Just imagine almost half of the eatery will be taken up with just 2 big families!

And I am making a guess! With the pattern of donburi-burger-donburi, I think December’s main will be a burger. Hmm… Something with lobster? =)

72/74 Dunlop Street, Singapore
6438 0363, Website
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tues – Thur, Sun : 9:30 – 20:00
Ambience: 7
Fri & Sat : 9:30 – 22:00
Value: 6
* Closed on Mon. Till March ’14
Service: 6