After her birthday lunch with her husband and son, my sister came back and raved about Kilo@Pact. She emphasized my food-picky nephew could not get enough of the grub and even managed to shock his parents by eating their lunch too. That sealed the deal for us. For our Sunday family lunch yesterday, my whole family of seven found ourselves seated at a long marble-topped table outside the main shop space, next to the car park lift. The table and space gave my nephew ample opportunities to roam around. Although next to the lift, we were still ensured privacy as it was tucked away at the side of the building. At the restaurant, the menus listing out Japanese-Vietnamese cuisine were pinned to warm-accented wooden boards.
Our lunch began with two plates of the same appetizer; the Avocado-Wasabi Tuna Tartar & Flour Crisps.
A refreshingly light Tartar studded with black sesame seeds finished with a pungent wasabi flavour. However it was still upstaged by the terrific flour chips. The airy and crunchy flour chips alone made for a promising start to our lunch.
For our mains, my sister’s Roasted Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Hash, Maple Syrup, Chives and Poached Eggs was comfort food at its best! American-inspired minus the horrific calories with its reasonable portion and non-oily taste. The duo sweet components, sweet potato and maple syrup, could have been reduced for they were competing fiercely with the savory dish.
My mother and I shared a forgettable Kilo Smashburger with two beef patties, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, brioche buns.
Potato Head Folk it was not. The beef patties were simply two loosely-packed thin minced beef “patties”. Kilo’s burger only assured me that paying $4 less for the larger Honky Tonk will be more worth it. Who needs unappetizing skinny fries on the side anyway?
But our Salt & Pepper Short Ribs with Masala Scrambled Eggs & Potato Strings fared much better. Slices of beautiful succulent and smoky short ribs, liberally salted well-done scrambled eggs with hints of truffle and topped with addictive thin crispy strips of potato. We lapped this up.
However our last savoury dish, PRAWN FLAUTAS with CHIPOTLE MAYO, AVOCADO CREAM, PICO DE GALLO, SHREDDED LETTUCE & FRIED EGG, was the game changer. This will be the dish I return for. Bold punchy flavours, the chipotle mayo was not shy of heat and set my mouth on fire. It left me begging for more.
When I flipped over the crispy fried flour tortilla for dissection, out flowed the most inviting filling of prawns, bell peppers and charred onions. What was the purpose of the fried egg? I have no idea but it was a well executed egg with runny yolks. How I loved this dish! It made my afternoon.
For desserts, there was an anaemic-green Basil Panna Cotta & Vanilla Cream.
Our final dish, a Pumpkin Churros with Spiced Chocolate Dip that could have been phenomenal if not for its densed doughiness. Props for this unusual take on churros though.
Lunch at Kilo@Pact was definitely an enjoyable affair. The different and satisfying main courses were a breath of fresh air. However it was also a tad expensive and I doubt with my Dim-Sum-loving parents, we would make a return.