PODI – Pure. Offbeat. Delicious. Infusions.
Four dining concepts brought to us by the same management behind Cedele. This all day breakfast & grill ain’t a new player just joining many other food establishments at the basement of Raffles City. They’ve been around since the last quarter of 2013 and my BFF and I have been eyeing on their surreal brunch menu which have been the hot topic of our conversations.We were only interested in their brunch and who says you can’t have egg benedict and pancakes over dinner? They serve most classic breakfast dishes here but appearing highly recommended on their pearl white menu board was the Duck Berry Waffle ($18.00) comprised of a duck leg confit, one thick waffle, runny egg then complement with blueberry compote and honey mustard sauce.
Definitely one of those sweet savoury dishes suitable for people who loves having desserts to go with their mains. Personally, I still prefer my waffles with butter and maple syrup but having duck confit wasn’t neither a good or bad combination since I just took them separably. You could also opt for their promising mains and pastas which range anywhere in the high twenties but still justified by the portions when I peered at neighboring tables.On a side note, I would go for their burgers which is definitely enough for two to share (with additional side orders). The most expensive burger on their menu, House Beef Burger ($17.00) was reasonably priced compared to other burger specialty shop.
Constructed with semi-melted gruyere cheese, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, horseradish wasabi mayo, spinach and one thick juicy slab of grass fed beef patty before topping off with a perfect sunny side up. I might have read the description off their menu but this was hearty burger say perhaps, I wished my beef patty was a little more raw.Usually I don’t go for side dishes unless there’s truffles in the name but I sure was thankful they forgot about my truffle fries order when this pot of Mussels In Garlic Butter Sauce ($10.00) came onto our table.We counted nine shells each came fresh and huge. This is one side, I would recommend people to share. Perhaps two portions if it’s a big table but do not forgo the white sauce in the pot. We dipped it dry.We thought it was possible for two to finish the burger, the waffle and the additional bread that comes with mussels but it was an overkill even by our monster appetite.
Do spare a room for their desserts. Their cakes; mostly from the Cedele bakery nearby although I can’t remember if it’s the same price. Most are under six bucks unless we are talking about their Chocolate Seasalt Tart ($4.50). I realised most salt-infused chocolate desserts like here just don’t justify if you’re going for looks. But one bite and I already wished my tart wasn’t so petite.
Maybe I shouldn’t have share it with my best friend but then again, there’s always another time!I have read quite a few reviews about PODI here, here and here. Most didn’t really have positive review when they first open back in 2013 but it’s been quite a while and my first dinner here was overall an pleasant one. I don’t have much complaints about service or their food and I think I can say this is one place to consider for brunch and desserts when you’re shopping in Raffles City.
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-45
252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6336 5648