By: Beate Baldry
22 Martin Road, #02-01 | 6235 4990
Argentinian chef Diego Jacquet, who did time at elBulli, has recently opened up shop here. Those familiar with Jacquet’s London spot, ZOILO, will feel reassuringly at home in Bochinche.
When you eventually find it, Bochinche reveals dark wood interiors, exposed ceilings and sexy chocolate leather furnishings. The open kitchen faces the sleek bar where you can sip a glass of Argentinian red or a Mr Hendrick’s ($16) – Hendrick’s gin, egg white, Japanese cucumber, lemon and mint – while your date hunts for the entrance.
What’s on the menu? Argentinian cuisine equals perfectly charred slabs of steak right? That’s exactly the misconception Bochinche aims to quell with its sharing plates – a mix of traditional Argentinian food with European influences.
Start with the rustic baked Provoleta cheese ($17) speckled with almonds and drizzled with oregano honey. Eaten with a side of bread, pan y manteca ($7), this makes a decidedly moreish dish – wolf it down while it’s still warm.
Clambering out of our comfort zone, we tried the veal sweetbreads and zingy onion salad with preserved lemon ($27) and were rewarded with a thrilling taste sensation. Another highlight was the roast and pickled beetroot with goat’s curd and garrapiñada (caramelised nuts)($21) – an exciting mix of colours, texture and flavours.
For the main course, we tried tender grilled octopus, smoked leeks and tuna mayo ($23) and grilled rump of lamb, braised shoulder, black quinoa and golden raisins ($29). You’ll smell the house chips “provenzal” ($12) before you see or taste them. These triple-cooked chips tossed with garlic and parsley were a mixed bag (some were less cooked than others), but we love the idea – just don’t make post-dinner plans without strong mints.
Must-try Dish: Beetroot with goat’s curd and garrapiñada