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“Pretentious... ”
Review of Podi

Ranked #4,828 of 10,792 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Fusion
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Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Pretentious... ”
Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

We are speaking about an open air restaurant in the basement of an average shopping with KFC and Subway as neighbors...
The food is ok but they have to be realistic...

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English first
Ipoh, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Great expectations during entry, less so during exit”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

The establishment was no bling-bling, with simple decorations which afforded a pleasing atmosphere. I do applaud PODI's easing of the furniture to provide ample walking space in between. Readers frequenting most of Raffles City's other dining establishments would understand the claustrophobic sense where you are in danger of knocking over someone's glass water at every turn.

I was surprised that with Cedele's modest range of special beverages, from caffeinated treats of Cinnamon Coffee to the acquired taste of Hot Ginger, PODI offered nothing sort of remarkable. The usual brunch goers, obviously part of the target demographics from its menu, could get their morning caffeine from its list of teas and coffees, but I was expecting some special beverages in the menu.

PODI's dishes was another matter entirely. From offerings of all-day brunch to grilled dishes to pastas, it offered pages of items to fulfill your indulgences. A pasta, a brunch meal and an item off the grill were what we ordered to get a taste of what PODI had to offer. We were enlightened to a choice of angel hair pasta, something we had not heard of. Once again, PODI surprised us with their choices of pasta, being only angel hair pasta and linguine.

I could only say that The Bakery Depot must have wanted to offer to the public a new concept restaurant by offering dishes different from what one could expect from its cafes. This in itself is a daring move, one which earns my applause. Unfortunately the dishes did not manage to create any lasting impression apart from one of surprise (only two choices of pasta and unremarkable bread for Rustic Chicken Pot), making PODI similar to other all-day breakfast offerings from other restaurants. With Cedele's success and popular offerings, the new establishment could use some of the support from its stabler sibling even though the purpose behind its conception may be to offer brand new dishes.

  • Visited November 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good value for Lunch Menu”
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

The value for the lunch menu is good and the soup was great, however the Ceasar salad wasn't great. Watery salad leaves and no sauce... What a pitty because the venue is great!

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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A new breakfast grill fusion by Cedele's creators”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

A new venture by the same people who brought you Cedele, PODI is meant to be an innovative breakfast grill venue with infused dishes.

At the pre-launch media event, PODI got many basic, simple dishes right like the Stuffed French Toast and Prawn and Crab Salad. They even had a duck berry waffle which was duck confit on waffle with berry compote, pushing the boundaries of fusion and producing quite a multi-dimensional taste.

PODI however floundered on considerably basic, but premium items like Sirloin steak and King prawns. Let's just say cutting into the tough steak with a non-steak knife was like one of Hercules' 12 labours, and I imagine my dentist is going to get a call soon.

Given it's their prelaunch, I hope PODI has taken our feedbacks and made improvements. Looking forward to this addition at Raffles City Shopping Centre, replacing Out of the Pan.

  • Visited October 2013
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