Situated at the heart (pun intended) of the basement in Palais Renaissance, Heart Bistro’s minimalist decor was clean and appealing. Its open concept, with natural sunlight streaming in through the lofty glass ceiling, gave the entire place a bright, cheery ambience.
As their mission is “dining for better health”, Heart Bistro developed a wellness menu that emphasizes healthier, lighter cooking.
They also have a juice bar with a comprehensive menu of freshly-squeezed juice blends, with catchy names like Fit N Fab (pineapple, starfruit, melon). They also have the cheapest Botox (watermelon, red grapes, mint) in town. It costs a mere S$7++! 🙂
I picked the ABC (apple, beetroot, carrot) which I enjoyed very much. The natural sweetness of these three fruits and vegetable was a most pleasant combo of flavors.
On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a 3-course (S$32++) brunch set is available. You can mix and match from a brunch menu of starters, mains, and desserts. Coffee or tea is included.
Starters include this homemade muesli which was refreshingly cold, milky, sweet, and crunchy (due to the addition of chopped green apple and nuts).
Myanmar-inspired, this unique salad is one of Heart Bistro’s signature dishes. First, rehydrated Oolong tea leaves are mixed with fish sauce and lime juice. The pickled tea leaves are then tossed with sliced cabbage, roasted lentils, and tomatoes.
Tangy, savoury, and spicy, this salad jolted our tastebuds awake! It was really appetizing; I kept stealing more bites from Hungry Cow’s bowl.
Here’s my starter. Look at that vibrant medley of colors! It tasted as refreshing and lively as it looked.
With our tastebuds well and truly awake, we were now ready for our mains. Here’s a classic English brekkie (without the baked beans). It looked relatively light (read: not greasy).
I didn’t try this, but it looks yummy!
I stole a bite from my neighbor who ordered this hearty-sized burger. The chicken was lightly grilled and not oily at all. But the interior was nicely juicy.
Unlike other versions I’ve tried before, this Hollandaise sauce was unbelievably light. The poached egg was cooked to the perfect doneness. However, the chicken hash (something like potato rosti with bits of chicken) was rather bland for my liking.
The dish that wowed all who sampled it was braised beef cheeks. Slow-cooked for 3 hours, the meat was sooooo tender it gave way with just a gentle touch of the fork. Embedded in the meat was meltingly soft gelatin. Mmmmm….! Paired with smooth, creamy mash, these beef cheeks were truly divine!
For dessert, sticky date pudding was our tasting panel’s favourite pick. Topped with a scoop of really awesome vanilla bean ice cream, Heart Bistro’s sticky date pudding impressed us with its moist, fluffy texture and distinctive flavor.
The brownie and carrot cake were just as praiseworthy. In fact, we found that Heart Bistro’s cakes and pastries — freshly baked in-house — were rich in flavor without being too heavy or sweet.
Reflecting the bistro’s brand name, the “heart” theme was cleverly incorporated into various aspects of the decor and food, including this pretty heart-shaped tea-cup!
Conclusion: Based on the brunch items we sampled, we were surprised that Heart Bistro’s lighter cooking methods — controlled amount of salt and oil, and no deep-frying — didn’t compromise on flavours. Our tastebuds were satisfied and bellies were full without that heavy feeling.
For a chance to join YES 933FM DJs Jiafa and Weibin on their next foodie outing, tune in to Y.E.S. 93.3FM 综合娱乐城 on Wednesday, September 8 2010 from 6pm to 7pm. Listeners can call in to be part of the next 美食鉴定团 tasting panel!
Many thanks to YES 933FM for the invite, as well as William Tan and staff of Heart Bistro for your warm hospitality.
390 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67372148
Open daily: 11.30am – 10.00pm ( last order at 9.30pm)
Brunch available on Sat, Sun & public holidays: 10am – 4.30pm