We really enjoyed our brunch at Symmetry, so it is quite a wonder that we managed to not make it there for dinner until late last month. But we needed a nice meal and that was an okay enough excuse, so one Saturday evening, we found ourselves at the restaurant munching on grapes. Served on ice in a cocktail glass, the grapes are Symmetry’s choice of amuse-bouche – simple but refreshing and I am partial to the fruit.
We ordered the scallops as appetizers and the beef flank and pork cheek as mains. We skipped the drinks because I don’t drink and Sarah didn’t want one; we decided to order desserts afterwards instead. Service that evening was a little inconsistent. It was good and friendly, when we could get it. We pegged it to the fact that the restaurant lighting was dim and the music playing was loud.
The scallops came less warm that we would have liked, but they were tasty! On the menu, the description for the dish reads “Scallops – cauliflower, chives, kelp dust, chlorophyll, almond, bacon, tomatoes” and while that sounds like one complicated concoction, the chef at Symmetry managed to make it work nicely. I divided the dish into the side with the cauliflower and the bacon side; I liked the former and Sarah was rather taken by the latter. All good.
I had the beef flank (S$34), which was great for a meat-lover like myself. I pretty much ignored the potatoes and the vegetables and went straight to attacking the meat. Which was a good call because 1. it was delicious (though a little red and chewy), 2. there was a lot of meat. I had to give up eventually. Not-that-great-aside: I was seated diagonally across from a table whose occupant was having the same main, proceeded to chew very loudly and then when he was done with his food, decided to reach into his mouth with his fingers. I had utter admiration for the girlfriend, though I think admiration is the wrong word.
The pork cheeks (S$26) came recommended, and yes, Sarah enjoyed them very much. I stole a taste and they were indeed very good. The main came with some tagliatelle pasta and arugula salad, which went well with the tenderrrrrr pork cheeks.
For dessert, we had the Guanaja Mousse (S$17) which is a peanut butter sable with caramelized bananas. This was good too; I like that the bananas help to stem the “jelat-ness” of the peanut butter stable, and added some dimension in the texture and taste.
A meal at Symmetry is not necessarily good for the wallet (appetizers average around S$20, and mains in the high-S$20s), but it sure put us in a good mood. If the portions were more manageable and the prices came down a tad, we would probably visit the restaurant more often. For now though, it shall stay as one of our favourite brunch cafés and a special-occasion dinner place.