Mimi is a new and modern Chinese Tapas Restaurant on the second level of The Riverhouse. It takes over the space of the defunct VLV. This is the newest concept by the 1-Group, featuring four different concepts under one roof. Besides Mimi, the ground floor house the live music revue Yin, international club Yang, and Greek fast-casual concept Zorba.
Crispy Beef "Jerky" 3/5
The Crispy Beef "Jerky" ($14)is a long-forgotten Sichuan classic from the Ming Dynasty. The thinly sliced, deep-fried to crispy beef slices are glazed in a spicy and numbing mala sauce. This is topped with fried shredded ginger and roasted white sesame seeds. This is good to go with some drinks.
Black Gold Chicken 4/5
The Black Gold Chicken ($18) gets its name from the black garlic which gives the tender chicken a layer of sweetness. Probably a modern interpretation of the local chicken rice, the chicken rest on top a bed of crispy rice.
Garden of Mushrooms 3/5
The Garden of Mushrooms ($15) is an Instagram-worthy dish that features Char Siew Baos in the form of mushrooms on a bed of chocolate soil. It is really a beautiful dish that you just want to take out your handphone to snap a picture or two. However, this is not a new creation, as it has been widely served in other restaurants. I also dislike the white mushroom, which is just plain mantou or dough. I have difficulty accepting or appreciate a restaurant putting that in the dish.
A Saucy Crab & Egg Affair 3/5
I am also not impressed with A Saucy Crab & Egg Affair ($18). Presentation-wise may score some cherry points, but this so-called de-shell take of the chilli crab dish failed to excite me. It features a pool of spicy chilli crab, and a briny soup of egg whites with fresh crab meat served with fried mantou. Unless I am a tourist, I will not order this.
The Unsubtle Truffle Mein 3.8/5
The saving grace goes to The Unsubtle Truffle Mein ($20). Actually, this is not new as there is a similar dish using beef and hor fun. However, Mimi cleverly replaces it with bee hoon and tung hoon, giving it an enjoyable al dente and yet contrasting texture enjoyment.
Lychee Lust 2.8/5
Unfortunately, the Lychee Lust ($8) did not manage to arouse me. I applauded the effort to bring something different to the table, but the lychee fritters with candied ginger and vanilla cream just can't make it a satisfying orgy.
Overall I was not impressed with the food at Mimi. While it tries to do modern Chinese tapas, it lacked that creativity to bring something new and unique to the table. The restaurant, ambience and service give the feeling of a fine dining restaurant, but the tapas concept doesn't match the image. It felt like the restaurant is confused about its identity.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Mini @ The Riverhouse
3A River Valley Road
Tel: +65 66610197
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning (DT Line), Clarke Quay (NE Line)
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 2pm
Sat-Sun: 6pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Fort Canning MRT Station. Take Exit A. Turn right and down River Valley Road. Turn right onto Tan Tye Place. Walk to the end of the road. Turn left onto Clark Quay. Walk to destination. Journey time bout 5 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit C or G. Walk to the riverfront. Turn left and walk down the river. Cross the bridge. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]