Friday, January 3, 2014

Bochinche: A Touch of Argentina in Your Weekend Brunch

Just how do Argentinians do brunch? There are misconceptions about this far flung cuisine. Chef Diego Jacquet of Bochinche clarifies how Argentinian food isn't about chunks of meats. Here, he's come up with modern brunch selections with Argentinian influences.

I really like the food there. It's quality produce done with care, and presented in a wonderfully relaxed environment. Free range eggs with deep orange yolks, oh so pretty. Each one perfectly runny. Spicy housemade chorizo, breads and butter. Gorgeous grass-fed beef from Argentina, no less.

Full story and photos on Yahoo and Makansutra:

Here are a few more photos I didn't add to the stories:

Orange and Grapefruit Juice never tasted so good!
Breakfast in Argentina is often served with a juice. You have to try their Orange and Grapefruit (S$9). It tastes so good, this was half gone before I remembered to take a shot.

Sweet Fernando - made with fernet branca, Argentina's national liquer, egg white, Manuka honey, and lime
But what is Argentina's national drink? It's fernet branca - this dark, complex and bitter potion tasting strongly of liquorice. Not surprisingly, it's a style of amaro made from 40 herbs, roots and spices. You'll feel like you're sipping Chinese herbal medicine or tincture. An acquired taste to say the least.

You can try it in Bochinche's cocktail Sweet Fernando (S$14, above) which fortunately has Manuka honey and lime to temper the liquer's herby notes.

Bloody Mary with Chimichurri Spices
Their Bloody Mary is interesting too. Comes with a small jar of chimichurri sauce that you can pour in the main drink (you can adjust how spicy you like it). Close the lid on the big jar and give it a shake.

Outdoor balcony at Bochinche
The restaurant seats about 100, and has areas carved out for different purposes. There's an outdoor balcony, a bar (they also serve Argentinian wines), the open kitchen with bar counter seats where you can take in the action, and other tables for groups at the other end. You can choose a different place each time for varying experiences.

For now, it's still fairly chill and quiet, although some nights are close to packed, probably living up to its name which seems to mean "uproar" in Argentina. I hope it doesn't get too crowded. Especially for brunch!

22 Martin Road #02-01
Tel: +65 6235-4990
Open daily
Tue - Thu: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Brunch on Sat & Sun, 11am to 3.30pm.

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