- < $10
Address: #01-01, Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place
The 200-seat MEDZS restaurant, located at Orchard Central’s basement 2, is the first food and beverage (“F&B”) outlet in Singapore to serve up various Mediterranean fare – such as Spanish, Moroccan, French, Turkish and Greek − in a one-stop, integrated open dining concept, providing a colourful, exotic dining experience.
The food is mainly mediterannian fares and prices are on the high side from $15 to $30 per dish, which is quite a lot to pay for a self service concept. I chose a table in a secluded corner, and had a good workout carrying the heavy plates back to my table!
MEDZ has a pretty good selection of imported beers though, and they actually have happy hour which was what attracted me to dine there in the first place. I ended up drinking more than eating, for obvious reasons.
We ordered some chicken dish -- a massive drumstick swimming in some dubious sauce accompanied by a side of couscous. It was my first time trying couscous and it wasn't a good first experience. Swallowing the couscous was almost as good as swallowing flour, and it didn't help much either when I drenched it in that weird chicken sauce.
We also ordered pan-fried cod, and were served a miserably minuscule lump from which emanated a surprisingly fishy malodour. The cod itself was bland and needed seasoning, unless you count that fishy scent as part of its flavour profile. And when I stuck my knife into that lump and proceeded to carve it into portions for sharing, we were nearly asphyxiated as that repellent odour intensified and invaded our nostrils. It was a miracle we even managed to finish it. What a sad waste of quality fish.
I'd suggest sticking to Marche, really. And this place is overpriced too.
My friends and I ordered different varieties of food to share which includes the Rosti (Very Good!), Kebab, Paella (Good!). Tastewise, not so mediterannean and the service was a bit slow.
That said though, it can be quite pricey, and coupled with the fact that the payment system is similar to Marche's, there is the possibility of bill shock!
I definitely will patronise MEDZS again!
Personally, I ordered the Pan fried confit of duck from the French cuisine stall. The meat was tender and well marinated. The soft mashed potatoes at the side were a delightful complement to the dish. I also had a Rosti with ham which was as enjoyable as the confit of duck. The rosti was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Though it was slightly oily, I enjoyed this dish very much.
I would definitely be back to try out their pizzas and desserts which looked appetising too.
Despite the helpfulness of the staff, the fact that the food was not up to my expectations was enough to kill my day. I am not a picky eater, but it just seemed that standards were not up to par on that afternoon. My rosti was really charred, and I had to request for a second one, and the kebab that I ordered was not cooked properly.
I am willing to give the place a second chance, and I do hope that it was just some freak accident on the day I went. On the positive side on things, the ambience of the restaurant was rather pleasant, and service was impeccable. They were extremely apologetic, and hopefully when I return in the future, I'll find a different Medzs. Until then, I will not recommend this place to any other forum readers.
The selection is not bad, there's rosti (Marche's one better though), fish, meats, juices, seafood, beer (there is a pub within Medz itself that is connected). Apart from the main courses I have also tried their tea set which I paid approximately $10+ for a selection of dessert.
Also, there are credit card and birthday promotions which customers should check out. I would recommend this place for big groups for friends with different budgets.