Dinner @ &Made

November 3, 2013 in American, European

&Made opened by Michelin starred Chef Bruno Menard (three stars, for the matter of fact) with Deliciae Hospitality Management at Pacific Plaza has been in the food scene for at least a year now. My friends and I decided to pop by for dinner despite reading / hearing mixed reviews from internet / friends.

We reached on a Saturday night at 7pm and there was no queue. In fact, because there was no queue, it’s unclear if we should be entering &Made from outside of Pacific Plaza or from within Pacific Plaza.

There were empty tables when we arrived, however we were made to stand for 5 minutes. Now, before anyone gets me wrong. Waiting in line is perfectly fine, especially when it’s just a mere five minutes. But I guess it’s not (so acceptable) when staff saw us waiting, and every staff turned a blind eye and continued being busy with what they were doing. I would have appreciated a nod of acknowledgement or even a mouthing of “Please wait”. But it could be a matter of me expecting too much.

The burgers are served with &Made BBQ sauce and fries with four flavours to choose from. The flavours being original, smoked, garlic and vinegar. Those who wish to upgrade and try the truffle fries, it’s a top up of $3.

And from the menu, my friends and I ordered:-

1) The 3 Little Pigs, $23 (+ $8, foie gras) (above) – Thick patty comprised of pork fillet, bacon and chorizo, sandwiched between a (bottom) layer of shibazuke (pickles), shitake mushrooms and a (top) layer of shredded cabbage mixed with yuzu-kosho mayonnaise, was moist and juicy! And I am glad they did not neglect the bun which was lightly toasted with butter. Yummy! And of course, the (greedy) me could not resist adding the foie gras (placed right at the top) which was so good too! I like that they sprinkled a little crunchy sea salt on it too. A must try!

2) The ‘B’ Burger, $19 (above) – A burger comprised of dry aged beef patty with caramelized onion and cheese. However, I cant comment on the taste but my friend finished everything well and was left hungry for more. However, for their signature burger, I expected it to have more of the ‘wow’ factor. Like bigger? But I guess sometimes, it’s the quality and not the quantity.

3) The Gardener, $17 (above) – Perfect for vegetarians, although my friend ordered this not because she’s a vegetarian but because she wants something with vegetable. Portobello mushroom, caramelized onion and lettuce. Likewise, we ladies could not finish our burgers and had to leave partial of the bun behind.

4) Lollipop waffle, $9 (above) – When the waffle was served, there’s the faintly sweet aroma. Very nice. While it was sweet, it left a slight bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

5) Hot caramel lava cake, $15 (above) – A must try! The crispy crumble / flakes which covered the ice cream provided a very nice, contrasting texture to the creamy, smooth salted caramel ice cream. The caramel which oozed out from the cake was a little too sweet and thick. but the dessert was good. Though I did think it was weird that the staff cut the cake upon serving, instead of leaving that honour (of slicing) to us.

6) Sundae – Dark Chocolate, $12 (above) – Of the 3 available flavours, we decided to go with dark chocolate. It was average, but do not forget to stick your spoon right to the bottom for the biscuit layer.

Overall, the burgers which &Made is famed for were good. And although it’s opened by Michelin starred Chef Bruno Menard, do not set expectation too sky high and expect Michelin kind of food. After all, he started &Made with the concept of “Everyday Gourmet”: Everyday food with a gourmet twist. However, the restaurant could use with more waiting staff. There were only 3 and they were sufficiently busy with just serving food and clearing empty plates. It did take a little effort in getting their attention to take our orders.

9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, #01-04/05/06, Singapore
6690 7566, Website
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Sun – Thur : 10:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Fri – Sat : 10:00 – 22:30
Value: 6
Service: 6

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle, #01-03.