Kilo is a causal dining restaurant located in an area known as PACT within the Orchard Central mall. PACT refers to itself as a destination emporium spanning 7,500 sq ft at Orchard Central. It seems to be an aggregation of several stores offering an interesting mix of goods and services. Kilo is the only restaurant here. The other stores here which caught our eye include furniture store (Fred Lives Here) and a store selling men’s clothing (sifr). Kilo occupies the space that is along the large windows and is attractively bathed in natural sunlight. We had brunch there recently.
Kilo is decorated in a modern industrial style. The tables are formed by slabs of concrete. Diners are perched on wooden stools, some high and some low. The look may be “cool” but for ordinary patrons like us who are not yoga exponents, it can be a back-breaking experience if we do not finish our meal quick enough. The dining area of Kilo blends seamlessly with the retail area and it looks like a large store with a cafe component. The result is quite a pleasant one. At brunch, Kilo serves a brunch menu that is quite limited but contains items that are familiar as well as some unique ones. We tried a selection of both.
For the familiar, we ordered the Crazy B.L.E.T ($20) – it is the usual ‘blt’ plus the ‘e’ for egg. The item was presented in the form of a burger with fries on the side. You can’t really go wrong with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and eggs for breakfast so the taste was as expected. The presentation was quite beautiful and the portion was just nice, not too large. We also ordered the Huevos Rancheros ($18), roasted pork belly ($23) and salt & pepper short ribs ($25). For these items we really did not know what to expect as they could be done in so many ways. We are happy to report that the impressions of all the dishes were positive overall.
As you can see, the presentation of the dishes was superb. Even if we were not hungry, we would be by looking at the dishes. In terms of taste, the short ribs were the winner. The meat was cooked to perfection – soft and yet with some texture and was flavourful. There was a topping of masala fried egg and potato strings. The fried egg was really good but a tad too salty. The potato strings were thin strands of potato deep-fried till brittle and crisp. That added a nice crunch to the bite. The next best dish was the roasted pork belly. The main components were pork and sweet potato which were served in small cubes, topped with a poached egg. The taste was good and complex. It would even be better if it came with a piece of toast which would have gone so well with the flavours.
Finally the huevos rancherous. We ordered it out of curiosity as we had no idea what it was. It turned out to be as described in the menu, chopped cheddar, avocado, beans and a fried egg was served on top of a bed of normal steamed rice with a dollop of sour cream on top. The overall taste was quite bland, especially when compared with the other items. So much for our curiosity. Overall, we were happy with our other three choices. The taste of the food at Kilo was good and the presentation of some of the dishes were really attractive. We do hope that they will bring in more comfortable seating.
Kilo at PACT
#02-16-19 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: 6884 7560
Tue-Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nearby MRT Stations : Somerset