I had a post-workout lunch with Vanessa after my yoga classes at Rochester. She recommended 1-Caramel which is a cosy restaurant/cafe at Rochester Drive, right opposite the huge Starbucks outlet near Rochester Mall.
It’s so serene, peaceful and calm here. Like what Vanessa has said, Rochester’s the second Dempsey Hill. Unlike at Dempsey Hill, where the restaurants were all located right deep into the forested area, the restaurants here at Rochester Drive is so conveniently located not too far away from Buona Vista MRT Station. It just makes it a perfect location for meet-ups or gatherings with families and friends over brunch or coffee.
It’s pretty spacious over here at 1-Caramel. They’ve got seats both indoor and outdoor but since the tables indoor were all occupied, Vanessa and I had to sit right outside, on those resort-like cosy sofa rattans. It was lovely to bask right under the glowing sun but the weather these days is unbearably hot and humid. I felt like I was trapped in this massive giant oven this afternoon.
Since, 1-Caramel was part of the list of restaurants under the Restaurant Week, we decided to order their lunch set menu which comprises of an appetizer,main course and desserts for SGD25 ++.
When our mushroom soup came, I knew there was something different about this restaurant. The mushroom soup is nothing quite like the canned mushroom soup and it is one of the best mushroom soup I’ve ever tasted. In every spoonful of the soup, you got to enjoy all these real tiny mushy bits of wild fragrant mushroom on your palate. However, I just wish that the soup was heated up slightly as it was rather cold by the time it reaches our table.
Roasted Burger with Gruyere Cheese, Relish and Straw-cut homemade fries.
For our mains, we had all-time American favourite, burger and fries as Vanessa had a craving for something western. Well, you just couldn’ go wrong with a plate of potato fries and the burger patty with cheese. It was mediocrely good with its crunchy fries and extra juicy meat patty.
Though I would prefer a burger with more melted cheese drizzled over…
When it comes to dessert, we were a little skeptical at first because the wild berry and pistachio mousse with wild berry compote doesn’t look very appetizing when the waiter served us. But we still have to eat it anyway since it is part of the lunch menu set. And the moment scooped a small bite sized of mousse into my mouth, I was like Woah! How could anything which looked like this could taste so good? 1-Caramel, you caught me surprise with this pleasant mousse dessert! Whoever is behind this creation of the wild berry and pistachio mousse deserves a standing ovation. This is one of those memorable dishes which I would never forget the moment when I first tasted it.
1-Caramel is not simply just a restaurant or cafe. It’s one of those places with talent behind its food. Did I also forget to mention that their waiters there provide good and prompt service with a smile too? I’m definitely coming back for the weekend brunch with friends.
Address: 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212 (Behind Starbucks Rochester)
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs, from 10.30am to 11.30pm
Fri – Sat and Eve of Public Holidays, from 10.30am to 1.30am
Tel: 6774 1302