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November 30, 2014

Level 2 at Killiney @Somerset

I had always wanted to try this place. Being so obscure, as you had to climb the stairs to reach the second floor, plus the extensive menu and store front on the first floor, somehow these attracted me... and I did, tonight. Feeling kind of peckish, we went ahead, abit late for dinner, at 9+.

We were expecting them to tell us it'll be last order very soon, but nope, there were quite a few other late diners as well. It's one of those cozy, dimly-lit place, but the decor could probably be improved a bit.

Go for the tall tables. The view's pretty interesting from the second floor, overlooking ABC (Artisan Boulangerie Co.). There are many people walking around, crossing the roads, all in a very different part of town- the residential part. The street's also buzzing with all sorts of people from different countries, because of the petrol station and 24 hours NTUC Fairprice supermarket just beside. If it's the afternoon and you had a book and a coffee, this place's perfect for a quiet time-out.

We were greeted warmly when we first arrived and requested for warm water due to the rainy weather. The server (possibly the manager, due to his attire) politely obliged and gave us a mugful of warm water which we were quite grateful for. He handed us the menu, the same one we saw at level one, and left us to read through.

We ordered:
 Parma Ham, Aragula with Truffle Oil Pizza ($17)

 Hand-crafted Wagyu Burger ($21) (+$10 Foie Gras)
You may add Streaky Bacon for an additional $3, or Egg (Egg??!!) for $3 as well.

 Braised Beef Cheeks ($26)

The Parma Ham, Aragula with Truffle Oil Pizza ($17) has one of the thinnest and crispiest crust ever. The truffle oil's generous. We could smell the rich aroma when the dish reached our table. But the generosity stops there for this dish. The Aragula seemed kind of dead. The Parma Ham was thinly sliced into six strips, on top of the six pieces of cut-pizza. As the crust is thin and there are not much fillings, the pizza seemed more a starter for sharing than a main dish. If you're feeling super hungry, I'd suggest you to go for the mains.

The  Hand-crafted Wagyu Burger ($21) was much better in terms of presentation. The plate was filled with fries, salad, and the decently-sized 200grams Wagyu beef patty burger. We requested medium rare, and it was to the right doneness. Being requested for doneness of a beef patty is a good thing. It probably means the patty is freshly-made, and not some supplier or overnight stock. The beef patty was juicy, but the flavours could be amped up further. The rest of the fillings was alright, but we had some qualms about the cheese, as we thought a different kind could have been used, and it could be melted even further.

Next up, the Braised Beef Cheeks ($26) was also an average dish. The meat was tender, the sauce goes well with the dish, and the mash potatoes provided the extra starch to fill you. Among all the three dishes, we thought this one is the best... but we wouldn't come back here as there are other establishments nearby offering similar food...


Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Ambiance: 3/5
Total Score: 2/5
[1- Never visit again, 2-Won't visit unless there's no other option, 3-Perhaps, 4 & 5- Yes!]

Good for? Couples, Groups
Price for mains: $15++


About it:
Level 2 at Killiney
Address: 117A Killiney Road, Singapore 239554
Price Range: Starting from $30++ (Mains) Tasting Menu available.
Diners have free entry to the rooftop bar.