The place: PICNIC is directly opposite the K-Town MTR on the cool confines of Forbes Street and sporting a casual yet elegant atmosphere that screams both business meeting and girl’s night out with its understated and sophisticated tone.
The baskets: We went for the starter picnic basket ($388) that was filled with a bunch of lovely little samplings from crunchy caramalised nuts, moreish homemade chips, olives, beautiful pork rillettes that we fought over, a cauliflower mousse with salmon, and a foie gras custard that was full of flavour and oh so creamy. There were also baby radishes served in a little pot with a squid ink mixed with anchovies that looked like a little garden in itself and was super fun-and thankfully the only kitschy hint at the whole picnic theme. There are also baskets available with additional cheese and cold cuts ($588) or the complete basket ($888), which comes with a roasted half chicken, side dishes and sweet surprises.
The dishes: A menu that is far reaching with everything from French onion soup and oysters to Scottish salmon, Atlantic cod and Maine lobster as well as pizzas and pastas, salads and sides. We went for the Prime beef burger ($148) that was the ideal size, deliciously juicy and served with guacamole and fries. We also chose the decadently doused Prime beef short ribs ($188) and were not disappointed with the amount of meat on those bones.
Brunch: PICNIC is preparing their baskets on the weekend as well, where they are filled with homemade yoghurt, croissants and pastries, red fruits pannacotta and other goodies alongside parma ham, smoked salmon, cheeses, scrambled eggs, bacon and mushrooms for $290 or $398 with two glasses of Prosecco.
Verdict: A lovely place to have a conversation, sample scrumptious flavours, enjoy the comprehensive wine list, and spend a few bob.
38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town
Website/Tel: 2855 0810