Citrus Iced Tea, $4
K.i.s.s. - keep it simple, stupid - that's my current philosophy when it comes to food. If I had it my way, all excesses should be trimmed out, seasonings kept to a minimum, ingredients employed only when necessary, their roles carefully planned and calibrated for that elusive balance and element of interest. The food at Kilo's new offshoot "at PACT" is exactly that - simple yet edgy.
Ahi Mango Poke with Wanton Chips, $15
The menu builds on Kilo's Japanese and Italian influences with a fresh, vibrant coat of Vietnamese inspiration. I recognised familiar favourites from Kilo such as the Ahi Mango Poke with Wanton Chips, as well as newer characters known as "Sushiros", imaginative Bahn Mi sandwiches, even good ol' Pho. The former's my firm favourite - scoops of chopped tuna sashimi, sweet mango and crunchy cucumber cubes on deep fried, crackly wanton skins - so simple... so good.
Salmon Avocado Sushiro, $15, Raw's Seafood Ceviche, $17
It's hard to go wrong with the "Sushiros", essentially upsized california rolls (inverted maki) served with soy flaxseed tortilla chips on the side. It's tasty and comforting to eat but won't blow your mind. The Seafood Ceviche was a delicious mix of chopped fresh tuna, salmon, tako and greens tossed in a light, tangy and fragrant dressing with hints of sesame oil. It didn't taste all that different from the ahi mango poke though. So choose the one with the ingredients you favour; you don't have to get two unless you really love these things. Actually I do.
Prawn Summer Rolls, $8
I opted for the Prawn Summer Rolls almost as an after thought but ended up really liking them. Instead of vermicelli and mint, the rolls are filled with arugula, giving it a unique spin and stripping off nearly all the calorie guilt at the same time. The accompanying dip was seriously well done too - thick, tasty and fiercely spicy. As you can see, I pretty much loved everything.
Recommendations: Ahi Mango Poke with Wanton Chips, Salmon Avocado Sushiro, Raw's Seafood Ceviche, Prawn Summer Rolls, Prawn and Chilli Pizza, Adobo Chicken Bowl, Raw's Lava Cake
Kilo at PACT
181 Orchard Road
#02-16/17/18/19 Orchard Central
Tel: (65) 68847560
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