Having read positive reviews about National Geographic Cafe from HGW, I made a visit to try it out for myself.
National Geographic occupies a large space at L1 of vivocity where it showcases an art exhibition, a cafe and you can get apparels, luggages, footware… anything related to National Geographic can be found here. It is also National Geographic’s first retail store in Asia.
The cafe occupies a small area where you can enjoy Pinchos ( Spanish Tapas) by Chef Miguel Espinosa.
The Pinchos are all small portions thus I ordered a few pinchos to try it. Some of the popular choices are ” Classic spanish tortilla”, ” the Smoked salmon on potato puree” and ” Mini Beef burger with caramelised onions and fries”.
Tuna & Pepper salad ($6)
Canned tuna flakes were used instead of fresh tuna. This is something that anyone can prepare it at home.
Smoked salmon on Potato puree top with pineapple carpaccio ($6)
This is another popular pincho of NG cafe. The thinly sliced smoked salmon were arranged neatly on top of a pineapple carpaccio and laid on potato puree. The potato puree was too salty. The smoked salmon itself goes pretty well with the pineapple carpaccio & I felt the potato puree just spoils the whole dish.
Grilled scallops on shell with baby vegetables ($8.50)
Where are the scallops shell? The scallops were served warm or cool, the temperature control has some problem. The sauce which is served along taste weird too which I can’t make out what it was. The baby vegetables ( carrots and broccoli ) were crunchy but again, neither warm nor cool.
White asparagus from Nirvana with light mayo ($6)
They have the white asparagus even though it is not in season. 3 Asparagus spears were sliced into halved, light blanched and drizzled with light mayo. The white asparagus was very soft and sweet, I do not even need to chew ( just swallow). This is the best pinchos that I had ordered.
Chicken & Veg skewer ($5.50)
The chicken was marinated with some herbs and spices before grilling. I like the strong aroma of the herbs but the pieces of capsicum were burnt!
Verdict: Out of the few pinchos I have tried, my personal favorites are the White asparagus & Grilled chicken & veg, the rest were unmemorable . Recommended place to enjoy pinchos in a cool ambience and the food are served in petite portions. No GST/ SVC charge here, all prices are nett.
Tuna & pepper salad
Smoked salmon on potato puree
Grilled scallops with baby vegetables
White asparagus from nirvana with light mayo
Chicken & veg skewer