Episode Restaurant30 Sep 2016
The term ‘fusion cuisine’ has emerged as a gastronomy buzzword of late; it is usually used to refer to chefs fusing elements of different cultures, such as ingredients or cooking technique, into one plate (or bowl).
At Episode, however, this cultural marriage happens in the physical restaurant itself. The colonial-style facade gives way to Oriental wooden dividers and red lanterns, while table settings alternate between silverware and chopsticks. Dishes remain traditional with the restaurant dedicating a kitchen each to cater to Oriental and Western tastes respectively, both helmed by a different head chef. It’s a unique concept, overall.
The Episode Crabcakes with Mango Grape Salsa start us off brightly; comfort food at its best with two fist-sized cakes of spiced crabmeat and caramelised onions, crusted and pan-fried to perfection. The mango grape salsa adds a tangy, refreshing element that we love.
Next comes a Chargrilled Rib Eye, grilled with smokeless charcoal from Kuala Sepetang mangrove trees, with two side dishes of Saute Vegetables and Mashed Potato. The crust sports impressive char marks, but the inside unfortunately tends further towards the ‘raw’ side of ‘medium raw’ than we’d prefer. Nonetheless, the flavours remain pleasingly robust and go well with the mash and vegetables. Happily, we also discover that Episode is generous with its wine when we order a glass of red to go with the meat.
In true Asian fashion, the Oriental dishes are made to share and to be eaten with white rice. I must add my fervent recommendation for the Stir-Fried Chicken with Homemade Plum Sauce: a triumph of crispy, chunky chicken slathered in an addictive sweet-sour sauce, topped with pieces of actual sour plum. It’s just enough for two to share, but you’ll be fighting for every bite!
I opt for Crab Meat Tofu in Claypot as a lighter accompaniment to the chicken. Besides the sauce not quite being soup-thick consistency and the tofu not egg tofu (both matters of preference), the crab meat is generous and the tofu squares are silky smooth, joined by an assortment of vegetables and mushrooms. Somehow, I polish off half the pot on my own.
Ultimately, we think that Episode can hold its own against the strong competition from other stalwarts on the Publika dining circuit. It’s a little out of the way, but that’s how the best food gems are found; you may even find yourself becoming a series regular!
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