Singapore – A gathering of foodies at Limon Restaurant

Brad (of recently organised a food outing at this quaint restaurant which whips up cuisine from the rather intriguing marriage of Spanish and Thai.

Limon - interior and exterior

So on that faithful night, 30 of us turned up and gorged on a pre-set menu by Limon. Not knowing what to expect, as Thai-Spanish fusion is uncommon; almost unheard of rather, I was pretty excited and had my expectations set a wee high. After all, I’m in Singapore, famed for its mid to high end dining options.
I was darn sure that it would be a feast both to the palate and senses.

the starters

The opening course of soup, set on my table in a shooter glass & aptly named A Shot of Gazpacho con Vino Blanco did not manage to begin the night on a good note.
The traditional Spanish cold soup with a mild white wine twist had a funny raw aftertaste and the group of us struggled to make out whether it was carrot or pumpkin. However, we definitely detected white wine in it.
Perhaps I didn’t know how to appreciate such creation, I shrugged, & waited patiently for the next course to be served.

The free flow beverages that night were the Limon’s House special Sangria or Lemongrass mocktail, of which I chose the later since I don’t do alcohol.

* * *
After a sip, I asked for plain H2O. I still need to describe the drink for ya?

Ah, I guess not.

Gazpacho and Lemongrass Mocktail

The Combo Tapas came next.
Champinones con ajo: Sauteed garlic mushrooms with lemon sauce
Chorizo con curry verde: Spanish Bibao (Sausage) in Thai green curry sauce
Moo Curry: Pork & potato cubes pan-fried with red curry sauce, tomato sauce & red peppers

Limon - appetisers

The Moo Curry ended up to be chicken instead of pork as stated on the menu. (by the way, isn’t ‘moo’ supposed to be a cow??)
It was a very normal red curry dish, subpar even to our Malaysian hawker/food court versions.

I swore there was nary a drop of lemon zest in the mushroom and it is basically sauteed only in olive oil and garlic. The Spanish bibao (sausage/chorizo) with green curry is a match not meant to be made, cos simply put, it does not match!

Moving on, The Soup.
Tom Kha Gay, uhh.. I meant Guy: Classic Thai sour & mildly spiced coconut soup with chicken meat.

tom yum

Almost faintish from hunger by now since I could barely stomach the earlier cold soup and also cos the tapas was in such cute-sy portions, I was relieved to find that the soup was actually pretty appetizing.
The chicken cuts that came with it was another story all together. Just think hot soup and chunking the chicken pieces minus any seasoning into it for a few minutes and then serve. None of the soup’s robust flavour was in any way permeated into the meat. I strongly recommend that the chef to be sent for another crash course on cooking.

The mains took a while to be served.

Bacalao: Pan-fried blue cod fillet dressed in olive oil, black pepper, chopped red & green peppers & white wine tomato base sauce. Accompanied with boiled asparagus & mashed potatoes with sides of Gambas al ajillo de moda thai: King Prawns cooked with olive oil, lemongrass, garlic, black pepper, nameko mushroom, broccoli & basil leaf garnish, Som Tum: Mango and papaya strips in sour and spicy sauce, and Garlic fried spaghetti.

main - cod fish

The prawn passed. Fresh, crunchy and juicy.
The spaghetti was edible.
The mango salad was left untouched since I can’t take sour dishes.

The cod…what can I say.. Hmm

For one, it was very bland. Which was surprising, for I have expected the natural sweetness of the cod to come forth from its moist oily flesh.
Instead, it was alike eating plain boiled fish, devoid of any taste. The white wine tomato base sauce lacked body, and couldn’t elevate the dish. The texture of the fish was slightly rubbery too.

Tom Yum Paella (4 persons to 1).

Tom yam Seafood Paella

I admit this was the dish that I was counting on to salvage the dinner that night. After all, a bit of tom yam paste can often work wonders. The spices, the tamarind, the robust flavour. Could render any dish, especially a rice based one from boring to appealing.
Think Tom Yam fried rice or tom yam fried noodles, whether it is thin like vermicelli or wide like rice sheets (hor fun), one can’t mess up with tom yam paste… … or can you?

Well, yes you can. As per the dish here. Simply by not adding enough of it!
Or maybe, it is supposed to be so? Just a hint of tom yam? But but…it was so tasteless! Paella are meant to be flavourful aren’t they? With all the sea briny goodness taste no?

Even the seafood was ‘carelessly’ laid on top. I said ‘laid’ cos it was definitely not cooked together. They tasted like they were boiled and then piled on top of the rice after it was done.
It’s only saving grace?
The crispy, caramelized, toasted/charred bottom (like our local claypot chicken) rice bits & the seafood (mussels, salmon, squid, scallop and prawn) was fresh.

Dessert Combo:
Crema Catalana con frescas
Flourless Almond Lemon Cake
Lemongrass Jello Shot


The almond essence was overpowering in the cake, which can be a real put off especially if you are not a fan of almond.
The Crema Catalana tasted like creme brule and the mushy lemongrass jello was very strong and tasted weird to me.

The above set menu is at $32nett per person. Everything is done in sampling portions so that we got to try a variety of dishes.

Limon Restaurant
7 Purvis street #01-01
Tel: 02- 6333 9004

To get there: Alight at City Hall MRT station. Come out and walk towards Raffles Hotel. It’s two streets after Raffles.

Perhaps I had psyche myself up too much, having anticipating it to be more distinctive, as I thought the idea of marrying Spanish & Thai influence really innovative and with me being in Singapore and all, I had expected the food to excite my bored appetite and thrill my jaded tastebuds.

Too bad it wasn’t so. But nevertheless, it was a fun with all foodies gatherings and I hope to be back in Sg soon to discover more of what its legions of cafes and restaurants has to offer!

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Bangsar-bAbE

    Poor Becky! Did you snack afterwards? =P

  2. burpandslurp

    Damn, interesting concept, but too bad they couldn't pull it through.
    But YAY you are in singapore, my hometown!

  3. 550ml jar of faith

    All style and no substance… eeks! C'mon surely SG can do better than that! Esp after that triumphant swiss roll!

  4. Sean

    when i read thai-spanish fusion, i gasped and thought to myself, "maybe there'll be tom yam paella!" i'd definitely be psyching myself up too. but yeah, i guess it's still worth trying for the novelty factor 😀

  5. Selba

    I love thai food… I like spanish food… but a fusion of 2 of them… uhmmmm…. I guess not for me either…. kekeke….

  6. ai wei

    thai spanish??? @@ haha…
    why there isn't any photos of u all? i wanna see photos with ppl in them 🙂

    what a nice get-together u had. brad is real geng, can always organiz such a great outing

  7. thenomadGourmand

    bangsar-babe: Yiks! Hw did u know??

    burpandslurp: Yes! but few mths too late ;(
    Else we could hv dined together!!

    550ml: EXACTLY. It was so disappointing laa..

    Sean: Hehe.. great minds thinks alike no? I had the same reaction when I saw the menu sent by Brad be4 the night. Tom Yam Paella, me thinks if done right would totally rock!

    selba: thinks if married well, would hv been explosive!

    ai wei: Oh yes, brad's a sweetie!

  8. backStreetGluttons

    If the resulting passion is just a whiff of the spanish eyes and siamese tease, it will be all worth it,nono la gourmish de le high ?

  9. Food For Tots

    What a nice foodies gathering!

  10. J

    Well, my friend told me that "moo" means pork in Thai… but it sounds like it was a very confused dish since it turned out to be chicken that night!

  11. J2Kfm

    aiyo, really that bad? i'm sure you ran off for some erm, hawker food (?!) elsewhere for supper.

  12. msihua

    The tom yum paella would have been my highlight itself since I'm a great fan of both dishes…

    It looks a tad.. colourless…. WHERE'S the red from either the chilli or saffron?

    Did it have a burnt crispy bottom? (Which is a must for paella?)

  13. PureGlutton

    Oh dear, what a disappointment! And the pics looked so good too!

  14. thenomadGourmand

    bsg: I think i can do better at home!

    food for tots: Yes, only the company, not the food ;p

    J: ohh..moo is pork?? Aiya should hv asked Unka..

    J2kfm: Heh..took bus straight back KL aft tht. Was starving in the bus!!

    msihua: Oh yes, got burnt bottom. Like I said, tht's the only saving grace.

    PureGlutton: The thing abt dining outlets nowadays, presentation seems to precede taste!

  15. ~Christine~Leng

    floggers gathering! but seems like the food doesn't impress u guys much. For the very first time i heard about Spanish and Thai.. interesting… 🙂

  16. vialentino

    wahliow…this is superb fine dining ler….wish i can go there to dine…but it is at singapore ler….so far for me at the moment…

  17. thule a.k.a leo

    just lower your expectations… lol! This is what I always do… don't expect and be wow-ed!

  18. Allie

    what a waste for the cod fish 😛

  19. thenomadGourmand

    christine: ya ya..thts why i wanted to try lohh..but too bad they couldnt pull it off!

    vialentino: hehe.. yes, esp when u hv a baby! cant travel much rite?

    leo: Hahaha..true also hor!

    allie: Yes, Vintage bulgaria does it much better!!

  20. sc

    ewww, reminded me of those bad food i had in S'pore :(. everything sounded (and some even looked bad) bad in your post! hmmm, hoped you got to try yummier food in your next post?

  21. UnkaLeong

    Hmmm..Tom Yum Paella. Doable at home, no?

  22. Tummythoz

    Possiblity of 30 ouch-es. Not such a successful bloggers nite out for d restaurant.

  23. thenomadGourmand

    sc: Ah..nx post Pg food! hehe

    Unka: yes, me think so too! But the burnt part at the bottom how ah??

    tummythoz: Yeah..luckily 'em Sg bloggers are not so fussy lor

  24. brad

    wow! i was swamp up with work so didn't see yr blog until now! u din link me if not i will have see the post earlier! lol

    I'm lazy to organise the next outing, too busy la! haha but will try, hopefully it can be on a weekend where u happen to be in Singapore too 😀

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