Monday, 13 January 2014

District 10 Bar & Restaurant

District 10 sounds cool, but at first thought, it sounded like a war-zone place? Just kidding... 

The whole dining area can be divided into 3 sections, mainly outdoor for al fresco diners such as bar bites and cocktails, indoor for gourmet diners, as well as a private dining room to host some private dining events! With these 3 sections being lined up, it does aim to accommodate a wider group of diners.

In addition, they do have blown-up castles for kids to play around during the weekends, so as to let the "main" diners enjoy their brunch with little disturbance from their kids :)

On the left where you see columns of glass panels, that's where the private dining room is situated. What's special is that it offers a customized menu curated by Chef Luca, according to budget and specific requests.

Luca Pezzera is the executive chef, as well as partner of District 10. For fans of Bonta previously, doors been closed, but your praises for the food were not unheard! Chef Luca brings back some hot favorites into District 10, so that Bonta fans can still continue to dine and drink with smiles :)

While it's not called a bar for nothing, District 10 also offer more than 80 different wines including some prestigious labels from Europe such as Antinori and Tenuta!

Dining Room menu ; Al Fresco menu

We tried their Exotic Gin and Tonic drinks. Well, they do have original, but what is exotic if you ordered the usual stuff right?

Bulldog Watermelon and Kaffir Lime Gin and Tonic ($20.00) and Fords Sugarcane and Mint Gin and Tonic ($20.00), differentiated by the piece of fruit hanging onto the rim.

Not really fruity punch for kids. D10 Punch ($34.00) is a blend of Moscato wine, Crème de cassis, dark rum, apples, strawberries, mixed berries and ginger ale. Of course, this can be shared among 3-4 pax.

Love this, as I'm not really a good alcohol drinker, but I feel alright even after refills... FYI, I seriously can't hold my drinks well!

Walnut Focaccia is their complimentary District 10 Homemade bread which was also provided complimentary at Bonta previously. Feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes wrapped within the outer-crispy bread, and has to go with the dipping of the greenish sauce to enjoy it fully :)

Starting with the Starters.

Green Asparagus, Fried Egg Sunny Side Up, and Sage Butter ($18.00). I love asparagus, and theirs are not too soft and crunchy too!

Pan-fried Goose Liver, Wild Berries Sauce and Balsamic Syrup ($20.00). One word... Splendid!

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Mustard Dressing, Sauteed Wild Mushrooms ($18.00).

To the Mains...

Not sure of the name for this dish, as it mistakenly came to our table, and "apologetically" left our table... Nonetheless, it looks yummy enough! Nearly wanted to hands-on already!

Homemade Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster, Peperoncino, Basil and Fresh Tomatoes ($38.00) *Bonta favorites. Thick sauce that clings the pasta, making it easy to roll on your fork and into your mouth. I can simply request for another serving...

Roasted Atlantic Cod Medallion, Spanish Smoked Paprika and Herbs Oil ($32.00). Cod fish is my favorite fish, because their meat seems soft and silky in my mouth.

Crispy Goose Leg Confit, Roasted Garlic, and Soft Potato Mousse ($26.00).

Homemade Foie Gras Ravioli, Light Parmesan Sauce and Scamorza Cheese ($34.00) *Bonta favorites. Does it resemble something that we used to have it in our coffeeshop's soup noodle stores? :P

Not forgetting the steak...

Signature Black Angus Beef Striploin, Fried Eggs and Black Truffle ($36.00). Prime beef grilled over hot charcoal, served with natural cut fries and mixed salad. The mushroom gravy over at the back is a must try.

Overall this dish is awesome, if not for the overcooked beef? At least I find it so, as I'm used to having my steak at medium-rare.

I'm pretty full after all the starters and mains, but there is always room for dessert!

Traditional Italian Tiramisu ($14.00). Personally, I find it too wet, and pretty much like eating "drenched" spongecake?

Cinnamon Apple Fritters with Icing Sugar ($12.00). I was looking so much to start my fork on this, till I realized the apple in the fritter is too sour.. If it can be a little sweeter, this will be my dessert for the night.

For brunch lovers like me, here's some of the locally-inspired dishes whipped by Chef Luca, such as Pandan-Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup, Pizza with Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang, Hoegarden Battered Fish and Chips with Mint Mushy Peas and Tartare Sauce, District 10 Brunch Beef Burger, and a selection of freshly baked Croissants served with a choice of Scrambled Eggs, Norwegian Smoked Salmon or Jamon Iberico De Bellota.

District 10 at UE Square recently undergo a revamp, and with its seating capacity of 250 (Main Dining Room, Private Dining Room, Al Fresco Dining and Bar), it indeed seems a good place to hold mini parties, chill the night out with some drinking buddies, or even a gathering with friends!

If you are looking for something unique to drink on, they have the Kopi Singapura, consisting of a seductive mix of whiskey, frangelico hazelnut liqueur, kahlua and cream, among others. Besides, they also have some crazy promotions for the "drinkers" out there! :D

Happy Hour
- 1-for-1 on Draft Beer, Housepour Spirits, Wines by the glass, Exotic Gin Tonics
- Pizza of the Day at $10 nett
- Available daily from 1100 – 2000 hours

Crazy Mondays
-$5 nett on selected Half-Pint Beer, Housepours & Prosecco
- Available from 1700 hours till closing

It has two other outlets at The Star Vista and along River Valley Road. While all three outlets differ in concepts, the least you can doubt is the quality of the food served! Definitely a satisfied meal (despite the disappointing desserts), and worth a return trip! They do have "DJ Night" on Fridays, so if you are looking for a bar to go to celebrate the start of weekends, District 10 might not be a bad place :)

District 10 Bar and Restaurant

81 Clemenceau Avenue
#01-15/16/17 UE Square Shopping Mall
Singapore 239917

Tel: (65) 6738 4788

Opening Hours
Mon - Thurs: 1130 - 1430 hours (Lunch)
                     1430 - 1730 hours (Tea-time)
                     1730 - 2300 hours (Dinner)
*Last order at 2230 hours

Fri: 1130 - 1430 hours (Lunch)
      1430 - 1730 hours (Tea-time)
      1730 - 0100 hours (Dinner)
*Last order at 0030 hours

Sat: 1100 - 1500 hours (Brunch)
       1500 - 1730 hours (Tea-time)
       1730 - 0100 hours (Dinner)
*Last order at 0030 hours

Sun: 1100 - 1500 hours (Brunch)
        1500 - 1730 hours (Tea-time)
        1730 - 2300 hours (Dinner)
*Last order at 2230 hours

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