Bochinche at Robertson Quay is one of our favourite go-to date night restaurants!
When I say, “Argentinian food”, do you think “steak”? Yep, me too, but thankfully (for a not-so-committed carnivore like myself), there’s so much more on offer at new Bochinche on Martin Road than just grilled meat. Your first hint that Bochinche is a little out of the ordinary is when making your reservation, you are warned pretty sternly to expect counter seating. Thankfully, my husband and I love counter seating. It might not sound very romantic, especially for a date night, but we find sitting side-by-side, with a view of a kitchen or bar, gives us more to talk about, and feels more companionable and fun. And at Bochinche, there’s definitely lots to see — be sure to request a counter seat next to the open kitchen for a really fab view of your food being prepped right in front of your eyes!
Dark and moody, Bochinche feels perfect for a date night, especially when you check out the cocktail list. We ordered up two Mr Hendricks (fancy gin cocktails) to start the evening off right while we contemplated the menu. And what a menu! You’ll definitely want to come hungry, as all of the dishes manage to sound both delicious and intriguing, especially as Argentinian cuisine is not something I’m all that familiar with. The concept is “small plates” for sharing, as usual in the Singapore restaurant scene these days! Prices are pretty steep, but portions were quite generous for sharing just between the two of us.
We kicked off with what had to be the winner of the evening – Provoleta with Almonds and Honey. Quite frankly, if you come to Bochinche and don’t order this dish, I’m not sure what’s wrong with you. Oozy grilled cheese, sweet honey, crunchy almonds and yummy home-bread make a mama very very happy.
After the Provoleta we sampled different types of Empanadas, all piping hot and reminding me very much of yummy little Cornish pasties! We moved on to the Gambas served on top of a piece of caramelized pork belly. Not really my thing, but my husband assured it me it was totally delicious. Our meat feast finished off with a Beef Chimichurri Burger in a soft bun which we gobbled up trying to keep all the juices from making their way down our chins.
The one part of the meal we weren’t in love with, was the dessert, but we only tried the Alfajores, which didn’t give me enough of the dulce de leche punch I was craving. Next time we hear we should sample the Creme Brulee, which is also made with dulce de leche — sounds amazing!
If you’re looking for a date night at a hot new resto, Bochinche is definitely the spot to hit. We loved the atmosphere, and if we hadn’t been so tired (the usual mama complaint!) we would definitely have hung out after our meal for cocktails on the terrace.
Bochinche, 22 Martin Road #02-01, Singapore 239058
Tel: (+65) 6235 4990