The Exchange

Phew, when it rains, it pours. Sorry the lack of updates but I've been swamped. 

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 Haddock Fish and Chips ($25) was a little lacking in salt, but nothing a little squeeze of the lemon and some tartar sauce couldn't cure. The fleshy fillets were moist and flaky, while the batter was thick, flavourful and crisp. Mushy peas and fries provided pleasant accompaniment.

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.

The Exchange
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
Website: www.theexchange.com.sg


Anonymous said...

i've never seen a risotto with foam on top. No latte art huh? Lol!


Bern said...

Truffle foam! YUMS

Amanda said...

I went there for drinks once and it was so badly done :( felt so bad for bringing my friend along!

I heard from colleagues that the hygiene of the place isn't great either. The service is pretty slipshod too! Wouldn't recommend it unless I just want a place for a drink after work.

Bern said...

Oh man, that sounds awful! Yeah, while I didn't think it was as bad as expected, it wasn't good enough to warrant a re-visit. Little wonder they're hardly filled even during weekday lunches.

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