Suntec City Mall, Tropic Atrium 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-016
An eatery named after a nucleotide-peptide complex responsible for the production of proteins can only just doesn’t ring a bell right? Located right beside Chen Fu Ji at Suntec City, Indinine is one of those hit or miss places. But fortunately, it doesn’t sell algae.
My teacher-friend Mr Ong says Indinine serves very delicious vegetarian food, and I was half-sceptical. I can’t even pronounce ‘Indinine’, let alone hear of it. There are customers who like its bright and cheery lime green and white walls, but I went ‘upmarket food court’ ah?
Being in an open space, there is no control of what the noise is going to be like. When spoilt children gave up their fried rice next door to play their game of catching, you wished there was a wall to block them out.
Carnivores, please stay out! Indinine serve items like Smoked Salmon Roll ($8.50), Pasta Bolognaise ($8.50), Curry Baked Rice ($9.00) and Buffy Fried Rice ($8.50). Meaty it may sound, but you only get lots of asparagus, mushroom and grains with a touch of spices.
The Vietnamese Pho Laska ($8.20) with heaps of shredded Japanese cucumber, bean sprouts and tau pok was kind of refreshing. It even comes with dough fritters (you tiao) and certainly makes the dish look very promising. The meat-lover friend said the taste was not quite like the real thing, but the vegetarian friend felt it was tasty enough.
We followed with our starters (which is kind of a wrong sequence), but the Papadum Surprise was surprisingly good (pun not intended). This Chinese-meets-Indian creation comes with bit size packages of tofu rolled in papadum and delicately fried, dipped in sweet and spicy sauce. A sinful vegetarian dish with a creative twist, and I wished it came in a bigger serving.
For other recommended starters, you can have the Bruschetta Indinine Style ($5.90) which are oven-baked ciabatta topped with fresh salsa of tomatoes and olives.
If you are a mushroom lover like me, try the Shrooms Simplifried ($8.50). I didn’t spell wrongly okay? It is a combination of shitake, oyster and golden mushrooms stir fried with aromatic grains. Fragrant and mushroomy-good, but somehow I still feel hungry after eating so much.
This little shop at the corner also sell desserts like chendol, cheese cake and ice-cream providing a good alternative for our vege-lover friends.
Other than the ambience, it’s surprisingly better than expected. 3.00*