One Rochester Hot
Located at Rochester Park, just a short 10-minute drive from the city area, One Rochester is undeniably Singapore’s foremost and favourite gastrobar. In keeping with the verdant hillside surroundings and colonial ambience of black-and-white bungalows inherited from the era of the British regime, One Rochester offers an oasis of calm with its pristine and enchanting garden ambience, replete with trickling water fountains.
As the word of mouth spread, it came to our knowing that the ambiance and food served at this place was worth travelling all the way down for. Curious to see what the hype for this place was all about, we took the time to fish out the extra time off our schedules to give this place a shot, after reading the raving reviews about it.
It didn't leave a lasting first impression when we first arrived as we found ourselves not served and wandering into an empty cafe area. There were a few souls around at separate random tables and the place looked to be still under construction and not ready for business. After our presence was finally recognised, we were showed to our seats and presented with the menu that to my dismay had pages that were drenched with juice probably from the careless customer before. The food selection I would say is pretty wide, mostly western food and breakfast set menus and fancy appetisers.
The quality of the food was a little off as it was under-cooked and the eggs were not poached and drained properly. Hence leaving the remaining water on the egg causing the bread to be soggy. Despite the already bad encounters, the ambiance was really nice as the sun started setting and I enjoyed it more as the day slowly cooled. Perhaps it was just a bad experience that I had and that I was just unlucky at that day to be at One Rochester, as I didn't see the greatness within the place like how the other reviews had described.
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Deserves a return visit, though a tad pricey.
I went here for brunch today and we had their festive set lunch menu. It featured a starter and/or soup, a selection of mains and desserts. Three course was 34++ which was what we chose. We got a trout starter which was essentially two slices of sashimi with two buttery fingers of brioche alongside some savory sauce. The trout was thick cut and fresh which i was delighted. Before the meal, they would serve each diner one slice of their warm toast, which i devoured instantly. It was so soft and crusty at the same time!
We could choose from a selection of 3 mains, 1 was a burger, 1 was striploin and the other was their signature half baby chicken with fruit stuffing accompanied with rosemary potatoes which though simple, was executed really well. The chicken was tender and fragrant, accompanied by the lingonberry sauce created a burst of flavors in my mouth.
The dessert, we chose the most interesting sounding one, which came from 1Caramel. It was an eggnog mousse cake with rum and rasin compote. Essentially a very very light alcoholic cake on a sponge cake base which was sooo light it just melted in one's mouth. With that was a butter biscuit topped with chestnut cream which was not too heavy; light on the palate.
All in all a pretty satisfying meal from Roast, the service given was impeccable too.