gem of a find.
so it was sorta the weekend to schedule a treat for my dad what with the father’s day celebrations and the likes. i wasn’t too sure of where to go since it was kinda unplanned and hungrygowhere is kinda difficult to access on my pathetic htc phone. the next best alternative was to ask my dad for his own recommendation, to which he mentioned medzs, a Mediterranean concept restaurant located in B2 of orchard central. i had never heard of it before, and in fact my mom was more inclined to head to the trusted ootoya for some japanese food, but since it was this special weekend, we decided to follow dad’s cravings. and boy im so glad we did.
medzs follows a similar concept like good ol’ nostalgic marche and shokudo in which you are ushered into the large expanse of the themed restaurant with a dining card thrust in you hands and with many different stalls hawking foods ranging from charcuterie, pizza, pasta, kebabs and other foods of ‘mediterranean’ flavor. i put the apostrophes because, well.. mediterranean is more a thinly veiled attempt at putting in any country that has influence or is in contact with the mediterranean sea, and hence you basically have foods from france (charchuterie, duck confit, cheese platters), italy (pasta, pizza), turkey (kebabs, doner), spain (paella) and the likes. oh, and the randomly placed rosti station at one corner. i guess they had to put it in for those marche fanboys that got duped into coming in. lol
anyways, i havent had too good an impression of such concept restaurants simply because the prices of the food are exorbitantly priced for relatively simple and small-portioned fare, and the card often prompts you to spend more than you should, leading you to fork out something around the region of 30 bucks for a decent meal with dessert and drinks. hence, i was kind of wary of what to expect with medzs.
the decor of medzs is kinda food court style, with decorations and nice touches that make it more similar to marche. we have turkish lanterns decking each of the dining booths and nice mosaic-tiled pillars strewn across the place. it’s a pleasant, cosy experience. let’s get to the food -
prawn aglio olio, $9.00
my mom, in her never-ending quest to find the cheesecake factory’s shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta dish, settled on ordering prawn aglio olio. honestly, at $9, the portion was really generous and had quality ingredients within like pine nuts and decently sized prawns (you know how sad you get when you expect prawns and you get measly shrimp like infants at high end restaurants?) and the pasta was light and used many herbs to elevate the natural flavor. im honestly surprised at the level of detail and attention paid toward the dish considering it’s price point. this could easily pass off in the fine dining restaurant at 3 times the price.
rosemary and truffle butter roast chicken, $9.00
seriously? i couldn’t believe my eyes when i saw truffle butter amongst the ingredients used. this was like literally lifted off a menu from a classy restaurant, just without the shocking prices as well. the chicken was grilled well – tender and juicy and the truffle butter sauce gave the dish a mellow, buttery feel that was unique and delicious. and wow, the sauce actually also went well with the rocket, pine nuts and cheese accompaniment at the side. this is serious value! i also ordered a beef skewer ($6.00) shown above, and it was well flavored, finely executed (medium rare) and you could really taste the infusion of herbs and peppers. yummy.
almond tart, $3.80
dessert came in the form of bread and butter pudding with vanilla sauce ($2.00, my mom’s choice) as well as an almond tart. the almond tart was crispy and delicately made, giving off subtle wafts of almond as you bit into it.
seriously, i almost think that such a dining concept of decent prices paired with tasty, well-prepared dishes wouldn’t really survive the months ahead so I’m almost tempted to visit this place more often before it disappears. and considering that the total damage of the meal, for 3 people came up to only $37.95 after 25% dbs card discount (where we each had a main, shared an appetizer, had drinks and dessert), this is really worth the trip to the bowels of orchard central. nuff’ said. 8.5/10
medzs | 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #B2, s238896 | western, value, orchard road