Friday, October 24, 2014

Media invite: SET @ PoMo

SET, a newly opened restaurant at PoMo, presents a tantalizing array of contemporary cuisine with Asian and Western influences. 

Like the name suggests, SET presents a five-course lunch at $28.80++ and six-course dinner at

This is so value for money! 

Was really surprised by how big the restaurant is! The main dining area is huge and spacious and there are 2 private dining areas available for reservation as well. It will be an ideal place for gathering. :) 

If you do notice, every table is well equipped with a standard set of cutlery which is comparable to fine dining, but only at a quarter of the price. :)

I'm already liking the place even before the food was served. 

Besides the main dining area and the 2 private rooms, al fresco dining as well as outdoor standing bar are available as well! 

I'm not kidding when I say the place is huge eh? 

This is a place suitable not just for group gathering, couples, family and even individuals will feel just as comfortable here at SET. :) 

Moving on to SET's menu.

For a 5-course lunch ($28.80+) you'll get:
1. Chef Starter
2. Cold Dish
3. Soup
4. Main
5. Dessert

For a 6-course dinner ($38.80+) you'll get the same menu as above but with an addition of grilled king oyster mushroom! 

Also apologise in advance that the photos weren't well-taken due to the dim light environment. :/ 

1. Chef Starter

Bacon and Cheese Gratin with Toasts

Nothing more comforting than digging into a pipping hot cheese with my favourite toast. In fact this was one of my favourite dish of the night. 

2. Cold Dishes.

There are 4 different ones for choice. 

Tomato Caprese.

Wasn't exactly the tomato caprese that I was expecting. But this makes a good choice if you're looking for something light.

Salmon Garvlax.

Lightly smoked salmon enhanced with the flavours from sour cream. This would be my ideal choice for a cold dish. 

Huai San Carpaccio.

Seeing Huai San (wild yam) on the menu is certainly something new for me. The chinese herb was thinly sliced and topped with some light and fresh salad. This makes a really refreshing cold dish!

Smoked Duck Breast.

I'm not really a fan of duck so smoked duck is for sure not my type of food. However the boy enjoyed this very much. I guess if you don't mind duck, this makes a more substantial cold dish with the protein. :)

3. Side Dish: Grilled King Oyster Mushroom.

Do note that this is only available for 6 course set (dinner).

My favourite mushroom parried with another favourite of mine, truffle cream. This is a dish that I'll come back for! It was so juicy and flavourful! 

4. Soup.

Again, you'll have 4 to choose from.

Double-boiled Herbal Chicken.

The lightest on the list. This herbal chicken soup reminds me of home! 

Miso Soup with Sake.

Love the presentation of this soup! Just so adorable! Miso soup was really good, however sake was non-existent. Well, that is a good news for alcohol intolerants who want some miso eh?

Roasted Pumpkin with Truffle.

Was really looking forward to this soup because I've always been a fan of pumpkin, and truffle of course. However, I feel that there was too much cream in the soup that the taste of pumpkin was being masked. :/ Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the soup because truffle saved the day. :D

Mushroom Veloute with Peanut Butter.

The 'heaviest' soup of all. The mushroom soup itself was a bit too creamy for my liking and with the addition of peanut butter, it is just too much for me to handle. Perhaps peanut butter fans would be able to appreciate the uniqueness of this soup? 

5. Main.

There are 5 to choose from! 

Grilled Snapper with Salsa.

One of the greatest miss for me would be this snapper. It lacks flavour and was a little drying. I thought the best thing about this dish was the salsa. It saved the dish by adding some flavours to the snapper. 

Marinated Rack of Lamb.

Personally I'm not a fan of lamb due to that distinct smell. However, SET's rack of lamb impressed me! The smell of lamb was almost negligible and it was nicely executed with the right amount of moisture in the meat. 

I love the choice of sauce for the lamb as well! 

Roasted Chicken.

You really have to slice into this piece of protein to appreciate the beauty of it. The crispy chicken was stuffed with yummy chestnut! Such a delightful surprise. ^^

Roasted Beef Tenderloin.

Did I mention the plating of each main was really pretty?

Our beef was done medium, however I feel that medium rare would be more ideal for tenderloin. This aside, the beef was tasted great with the yummy sauce! I know I've said this, but I really love the choice of sauces at SET! Not overpowering or salty, just right to bring out the flavours of the food. :) 

Baby Pork Back Ribs.

As I'm typing this, I'm still reminiscing the taste of these ribs! It was not only well marinated, the meat was so soft, tender and juicy! The meat literally fell from the bone with little effort.

 Sigh.. I need this again! 

By the way, don't be surprise that the mains are really of good portion! I'm sure you'll be full even before dessert is being served. 

6. Desserts.

5 to choose from, including a cake of the day that we didn't get to try. 

Poached Pear with Gelato.

Espresso Creme Brûlée, Pistachio Panna Cotta and Huai San Jello.

Compared to the mains, desserts were a let down. Definitely more room for improvements. But I do appreciate that the desserts served were really easy on the stomach. Good choices especially after a heavy meal! 

Overall, SET is certainly one of the most value-for-money place to dine at in town! Considering the price and the quality of food, I'll want to come back for more. Especially for the baby pork ribs and the grilled giant oyster mushroom! 

No.1 Selegie Road, PoMo Mall, #02-01, 
Singapore 188306 
Tel: 6337-7644
Opening hours:  Daily From 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM


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