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“Supply + Demand = EQUILIBRIUM!”

That was the answer offered to me by Jacelyn, when I asked about how they came up with the name of the restaurant. And if the first part of the equation sounds familiar, it’s because Equilibrium, a new restaurant in Capitol Piazza, belongs to the Cre8group, which also owns Supply & Demand (Orchard Gateway/Esplanade), and another upcoming joint, The East Bureau (opening in September, at Marina Square)!

I’d like to think that it was fate that led me to have met the acquaintance of Jacelyn. I lost my engagement ring at Supply & Demand without knowing, and the honest people there actually kept it for me. I was forever grateful since! Of course there was a mutual friend who brought us to Supply & Demand in the first place lah, but you know, I paid for my food all the times I’ve been at Supply & Demand, so you know for sure that it’s nothing to do with sponsorship or anything. She didn’t even know that I blog till recently!

Equilibrium, Capitol Piazza Singapore #01-86

Equilibrium, Capitol Piazza Singapore #01-86

Equilibrium is located at Capitol Piazza’s Galleria Wing at #01-86 (Capitol Piazza has 2 wings) where plenty of restaurants/cafes are located (Dazzling, Angelina, 1933, Zakku) – if you feel lost, click here to access Capitol Piazza’s directory online.

I can’t put a finger to the furnishing style, but it’s somewhat similar to how Supply & Demand feels – warm and cozy, like home away from home, with loads of dark wood furnishing and plenty of green accents for this one. Plenty of cushions, too! (Which I heard they had to cut down on because space hahaha)

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Right next to the entrance, there’s a drinking bar with a great variety of liquor for your bespoke cocktails if you wish, handcrafted by their passionate bar team! Bet this will keep you happy if you’re just looking to get imbibed – I reckon this will be an extremely hot tippling spot once the 6 star hotel right next to it opens!

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There’s a second level to this place, as you would have noticed – stairs only access for now, but it’s really brightly lit (awesome for food photography and if you want to see your date’s face clearly) and spacious enough to hold around 16 pax comfortably!

I reckoned that since it’s a relatively new and uncrowded spot, it’ll be perfect for girly gatherings and arranged for some of my favorite girls to gather for Jayne’s belated birthday celebration!

Equilibrum's menu is encased in a wooden box of sorts - really heavy, but what a refreshing idea!

Equilibrum’s menu is encased in a wooden box of sorts – really heavy, but what a refreshing idea!

I was running a bit late due to a prolonged hair appointment, and when I arrived this was already on the table. I took a swig thinking it was tea, and realized it has vodka in it! The Sencha Apple, $17 is a "delightful conconction of sencha infused vodka, honey, apple sour liquer, fresh mint leaves and dehydrated apple slice". Had I not driven, I would probably finish this off! It tasted so yummy!

I was running a bit late due to a prolonged hair appointment, and when I arrived this was already on the table. I took a swig thinking it was tea, and realized it has vodka in it!
The Sencha Apple, $17 SGD is a “delightful conconction of sencha infused vodka, honey, apple sour liquer, fresh mint leaves and dehydrated apple slice”. Had I not driven, I would probably finish this off! It tasted so yummy!

But since I drove, I had to settle for The Earl ($8) instead. A generous glass of iced Earl Grey Tea, mixed with a hint of rosemary, yuzu and syrup. I asked for it without syrup cos I like my tea that way, and it still tasted really nice! I think I love anything earl grey and yuzu basically XD

But since I drove, I had to settle for The Earl ($8 SGD) instead. A generous glass of iced Earl Grey Tea, mixed with a hint of rosemary, yuzu and syrup. I asked for it without syrup cos I like my tea that way, and it still tasted really nice! I think I love anything earl grey and yuzu basically XD

The girls were waiting for me to begin and I felt so bad holding them up! We quickly began with the starters… (man, wooden table + wooden tableware + canvas / rope. I’m sold on this place)

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The Caesar with Salmon ($15) - classic caesar salad with sliced smoked salmon, crunchy romaine lettuce, garlic crostini, crispy bacon bits (!!!), shaved grana padano cheese with sous vide egg and homemade dressing on the side! I don't eat much salads so this really is the first time i've seen a salad served with dressing on the side, and with a sous vide egg yet! This one was so yummy, I could probably wipe the entire serving off myself!

The Caesar with Salmon ($15 SGD) – classic caesar salad with sliced smoked salmon, crunchy romaine lettuce, garlic crostini, crispy bacon bits (!!!), shaved grana padano cheese with sous vide egg and homemade dressing on the side!
I don’t eat much salads so this really is the first time i’ve seen a salad served with dressing on the side, and with a sous vide egg yet! This one was so yummy, I could probably wipe the entire serving off myself!

"Pugliese grilled skewers of pork belly hand wrapped around a sinful mixture grated parmesan, oregano and chilli flakes, served with spicy garlic lemon dip." That's La Bombette - at $9.50 SGD per skewer and with a min of 2 per order, this costs as much as a main dish - and you know what? It was SO fantastic that I would gladly have had it as my main course!

“Pugliese grilled skewers of pork belly hand wrapped around a sinful mixture grated parmesan, oregano and chilli flakes, served with spicy garlic lemon dip.”
That’s La Bombette – at $9.50 SGD per skewer and with a min of 2 per order, this costs as much as a main dish – and you know what? It was SO fantastic that I would gladly have had it as my main course!

Grilled Squid with Citrus Air, $15 SGD had us all wondering what exactly citrus air is. It came served to us as a plate squid done really well (it wasn't overcooked to the point of being too chewy nor was it undercooked slimy) frothing at the top hahaha. Served with Fennel Chilli & Mint butter, this one's a favorite of mine too - I really love my seafood!

Grilled Squid with Citrus Air, $15 SGD had us all wondering what exactly citrus air is. It came served to us as a plate squid done really well (it wasn’t overcooked to the point of being too chewy nor was it undercooked slimy) frothing at the top hahaha. Served with Fennel Chilli & Mint butter, this one’s a favorite of mine too – I really love my seafood!

It's a little filling, but the Panelle, $12 is an interesting dish - "Sicilian inspired crunchy fried fritters made frrom Gram Flour, paired with a vibrant cucumber salad and duo of sauces (mango chutney and spicy garlic aioli)! Gram flour is also known as chickpea flour, is widely used in south east asian cooking. My first experience with it... you'll fill up quickly if you eat too much of this, so make sure you have many friends to share it with!

It’s a little filling, but the Panelle, $12 is an interesting dish – “Sicilian inspired crunchy fried fritters made frrom Gram Flour, paired with a vibrant cucumber salad and duo of sauces (mango chutney and spicy garlic aioli)!
Gram flour is also known as chickpea flour, is widely used in south east asian cooking. My first experience with it… you’ll fill up quickly if you eat too much of this, so make sure you have many friends to share it with!

We were practically stuffed at this point by the food that seemed to keep on coming – but the mains looked so good that we actually finished everything off (even though we had initially wanted to tapao some back for our other halves hahaha)

Oooooh this roasted chicken leg ($24 SGD). It's what a dream chicken meal is made of! I have no idea how they manage to roast it, but I know that the herb infused chicken leg is in actual fact, cooked a la sous vide (controlled temp cooking for a long period of time) and that's why it's so tender, juicy and also a little pink (it's not undercooked, just tends to be this way cos it's cooked sous vide). Also did I mention how much I loved the accompanying sauce , potatoes and sauteed vegetables? YUM!

Oooooh this roasted chicken leg ($24 SGD). It’s what a dream chicken meal is made of!
I have no idea how they manage to roast it, but I know that the herb infused chicken leg is in actual fact, cooked a la sous vide (controlled temp cooking for a long period of time) and that’s why it’s so tender, juicy and also a little pink (it’s not undercooked, just tends to be this way cos it’s cooked sous vide). Also did I mention how much I loved the accompanying sauce , potatoes and sauteed vegetables? YUM!

My first taste of the Pork & Mushroom Aglio Olio ($19) was that it reminded me of... Ba Chor Mee. And as it turns out, that really was what inspired this dish! /shock Yes, they even use white wine vinegar to complete your western BCM experience. What a lovely dish - though I wished that they used a different kind of pasta instead of Ribbon Pasta so that it would taste less flour-y. Angel hair, perhaps? Nonetheless, we polished off this plate really quickly!

My first taste of the Pork & Mushroom Aglio Olio ($19) was that it reminded me of… Ba Chor Mee. And as it turns out, that really was what inspired this dish! /shock
Yes, they even use white wine vinegar to complete your western BCM experience. What a lovely dish – though I wished that they used a different kind of pasta instead of Ribbon Pasta so that it would taste less flour-y. Angel hair, perhaps? Nonetheless, we polished off this plate really quickly!

Whoa the runny egg in this one! Reminiscent of the fabulous pizzas served over at Supply & Demand, we all initially thought that you know, we wouldn't be able to finish the At Dusk Pizza ($27) because it's really quite huge - but as it turns out, it was so thin, and everything was so well balanced (how can you resist that runny egg yolk?) that we were only left with 3 slices at the end of the day. Tricia couldn't stop praising the pizza and reaching out for seconds!

Whoa the runny egg in this one! Reminiscent of the fabulous pizzas served over at Supply & Demand, we all initially thought that you know, we wouldn’t be able to finish the At Dusk Pizza ($27) because it’s really quite huge – but as it turns out, it was so thin, and everything was so well balanced (how can you resist that runny egg yolk?) that we were only left with 3 slices at the end of the day. Tricia couldn’t stop praising the pizza and reaching out for seconds!

I don't know what overcame us, but we ended up ordering hot tea to try to digest all the food we ate - I think we can blame it on the very inviting menu and EXTENSIVE selection of teas available! Chocolate mint?!

I don’t know what overcame us, but we ended up ordering hot tea to try to digest all the food we ate – I think we can blame it on the very inviting menu and EXTENSIVE selection of teas available! Chocolate mint?!

Oh boy, stuffed to the max! And the night only got more interesting as we were introduced to their very own pastry chef, Belinda, whose dedication to her craft and quirky ideas made me feel like she’s gonna be the next Janice Wong.

Meet Belinda, who just popped up with a birthday surprise for Jayne!

Meet Belinda, who popped up with a birthday surprise for Jayne!

We were expecting typical desserts really, but instead dessert time turned into a bit of a pastry lesson for us as we tried to understand Belinda’s creations on this wooden platter.

Guess what these are? The bunch of grapes and promegrande seeds you see were the only normal item on the wooden plate, made to look more like a meat platter than a dessert dish. Deli Dolce, $21 SGD. Next to it - Chocolate Salami, on the bottom left - Raspberry & Green Apple Prosciutto which felt like pulled jelly taffy, Whisky Caramel Jelly & Bacon Jam which was really heavy tasting, and the spam lookalike Milk Chocolate & Caramelized Onion Pate. As it turns out, Belinda is a pastry chef who... prefers savoury stuff. And hence the very interesting dessert dish! I'll still prefer sweet stuff anytime, but It's really fun to explore each and every bit with your girlfriends and watch their expression as they try it. XD

Guess what these are?
The bunch of grapes and promegrande seeds you see were the only normal item on the wooden plate, made to look more like a meat platter than a dessert dish.
Deli Dolce, $21 SGD.
Next to it – Chocolate Salami, on the bottom left – Raspberry & Green Apple Prosciutto which felt like pulled jelly taffy, Whisky Caramel Jelly & Bacon Jam which was really heavy tasting, and the spam lookalike Milk Chocolate & Caramelized Onion Pate.
As it turns out, Belinda is a pastry chef who… prefers savoury stuff. And hence the very interesting dessert dish! I’ll still prefer sweet stuff anytime, but It’s really fun to explore each and every bit with your girlfriends and watch their expression as they try it. XD

Watermelon Carpaccio, $14 SGD. Everything on this plate are made of watermelons, in interesting ways! What you see in focus here - Homemade watermelon sorbet sitting atop homemade brown butter dust! Delicious and refreshing after all the savoury dishes, haha.

Watermelon Carpaccio, $14 SGD.
Everything on this plate are made of watermelons, in interesting ways!
What you see in focus here – Homemade watermelon sorbet sitting atop homemade brown butter dust! Delicious and refreshing after all the savoury dishes, haha.

And these mounds you see, are actually compressed watermelon - served with milk cheese foam, and mint basil gel. Possibly the part that raised most eyebrows - just how did Belinda manage to get watermelon to look LIKE THAT and taste THAT GOOD? It didn't lose its flavor at all!

And these mounds you see, are actually compressed watermelon – served with milk cheese foam, and mint basil gel. Possibly the part that raised most eyebrows – just how did Belinda manage to get watermelon to look LIKE THAT and taste THAT GOOD? It didn’t lose its flavor at all!

And we come to everyone’s favorite – Jayne’s birthday surprise!

As it turns out, if you celebrate a birthday there, Belinda would surprise you with a birthday creation – that would be either the mini baked alaska cake, or…

Hello, Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14 SGD). I savoured this without asking what it was and it was DELIGHTFUL! What you get is blood orange crushed ice sitting atop a bed of almond milk panna cotta, with cocoa water jelly seperating the two. It tasted nothing like the chinese almond jelly (you know, the ones at buffets...) you would have thought of - instead, every bite was delightful due to the different textures and taste layers. We gobbled this up in no time!

Hello, Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14 SGD). I savoured this without asking what it was and it was DELIGHTFUL!
What you get is blood orange crushed ice sitting atop a bed of almond milk panna cotta, with cocoa water jelly seperating the two. It tasted nothing like the chinese almond jelly (you know, the ones at buffets…) you would have thought of – instead, every bite was delightful due to the different textures and taste layers. We gobbled this up in no time!

Jayne & I

Jayne & I

Yina & Tricia. Eh you all hor, face shape damn sharp. /jelly hahaha

Yina & Tricia. Eh you all hor, face shape damn sharp. /jelly hahaha

Happy birthday, Jayne!!! May all your wishes come true and everything go smoothy for you~

Happy birthday, Jayne!!! May all your wishes come true and everything go smoothy for you~

The beautiful Capitol Theatre at night. In the day, I love how it's structured to let natural sun light shine in and bathe the mall in it. This might just be my new favorite makan hang out place!

The beautiful Capitol Theatre at night. In the day, I love how it’s structured to let natural sun light shine in and bathe the mall in it. This might just be my new favorite makan hang out place!

{ Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacaro & Ristorante }

Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road #01-86 Galleria Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 63844069 | Website: www.equilibrium.sg
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 12am daily (will be extended to 3am once hotel opens)

The nearest mrt is Cityhall, and they serve brunch on weekends from 11.45am – 3.30pm!

For more updates on promotions and opening hours, do follow them on facebook / instagram @equilibrium.sg!

(Images shot with the Olympus OMD EM-5 MkII)

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