This was a birthday lunch sometime back with my colleagues. The birthday boy had chosen The Exchange, so a whole bunch of us trooped on over. Maybe it's because I'd heard a couple of unimpressive reviews of this place, or maybe it's because the sprawling restaurant always seems barely filled whenever I walk past it, but I admittedly had low expectations for lunch. Nonetheless, I thought the food was way better than expected. Not memorably great, but pretty alright, with above average food, and a very value-for-money set lunch menu. Service was a little choppy and unorganized though, which was disappointing, seeing as the restaurant was only half-filled when we dined for lunch.
It's been a while since I last had good risotto and The Exchange's Risotto ($27) was pretty good. Al dente grains, starchy without being too heavy, seasoned by a nicely rounded mushroom base with the heady essence of truffle.
The Asparagus Salad ($18) comprised enough sinful ingredients to make this a dieter's nightmare. Garlicky ciabatta crisps, plentiful streaky bacon strips, and a poached egg that helped bind the crisp crunchy greens together with its oozy eggy goodness.
The Truffle Fries ($12) were delightful and a real crowd pleaser, piping hot, crisp and evenly salted with truffle, these were snapped up in a flash.
The bread rolls, rightfully complimentary, were so hard you could chip a tooth on it. Needless to say, these weren't finished.
Asia Square Tower 1
8 Marina View #01-05
Tel: 6636 1200
Open Mondays to Tuesdays from 8am to 1am
Wednesdays to Fridays from 8am to 3pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays