Kilo Kitchen which has been at Kampong Bugis Road for the last 8 years has relocated to its new home at Duxton Road. Retaining the same laidback vibe of its original Kilo Kitchen in Kallang, the new place stops an open-format natural kitchen and a Turkish marble and brass bar with a raw, minimalist decor, greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Kilo's Seafood Ceviche 4/5
The Kilo's Seafood Ceviche ($23) hits the spot with its citrusy and spiciness amid the fresh seafood. Besides the usually tuna and snapper, I enjoyed the addition of the fresh octopus and crispy wanton skin for the extra textural bite.
Beef Tongue Taco 3/5
The Beef Tongue Taco (2 for $18 / 4 for $35) comes with tender black pepper flavoured beef tongue paired with miso, apple and jalapeno-garlic tallow wrapped in tortilla shell. The flavours are beautiful but I felt somehow not satisfy with the thin slices of beef tongue, it is not substantial enough.
Atas Lentils 3.8/5
I like the idea of the egg yolk, giving the Atas Lentils ($26) a coat of creaminess. The smokiness of the bacon gives it a nice contrast but I am not sure about the necessity of the truffle. If it comes with some some pita bread to mop up the lentils, that would be perfect. It felt a bit weird having it alone without any bread.
Squid Ink Rice 3.5/5
The Squid Ink Rice ($29) serves in claypot is defintiely eye catching but its only for plating purposes only. It was missing that smokey flavour and burnt rice grains, one would expect in claypot rice. The finishing was also on the salty side too. Apart from that, I enjoy the crispy baby squid that comes with the claypot rice.
Ricotta Gnocchi 2.5/5
I was really disappointed with the Ricotta Gnocchi ($26). The gnocchi was too doughy and bland. Even the delicious mushroom and miso butter sauce did not manage to lift the taste profile.
Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout 3.5/5
Simply cooked to showcase the flavour the ingredient is the Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout ($46). Grilled to an exterior char, the fish remained moist inside. This is paired with confit tomatoes, basil and olive oil to complement the subtle flavour of the trout.
Chocolate Terrine 4.2/5
Surprisingly my dinner ended on a high with the Chocolate Terrine ($14). The richness of the chocolate terrine, tuile and smoked salted caramel works harmoniously striking the perfect note to wrap up the dinner.
I was not impressed with the food at Kilo Kitchen. Maybe its raving reviews when it was at Kallang has set my expectation high. To be frank, checking with my dining group that has visited Kilo at Kallang, they also find the food was subpar. Not sure whether it is due to the change of chef but I hope they can pull up their socks and reach the same standard and quality they are known to be.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
97 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 64673987
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Tue-Fri: 530pm - 12midnight
Sat: 6pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun-Mon)
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Orchid Hotel. At Orchid Hotel turn right onto Tanjong Pagar Road. Cross the road to the opposite side of Tanjong Pagar Road. Walk along Tanjong Pagar Road to Duxton Hill. Turn left onto Duxton Hill and then turn right on Duxton Road. Journey time about 15 mins. [Map]