SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Picnic

A food enclave in the heart of Orchard with food truck-looking stalls offering a variety of international cuisine.

We are blessed (or cursed) in a way to be living on an island that's constantly sunny and humid (and occasionally rainy). Haven't we all dreamt of enjoying a meal outdoors while taking in the wonderful things each season has to offer? Well, with the communal establishment Picnic, this is probably closest we will ever get to experiencing the wonderful seasons without leaving the country.

You might think it's just another food enclave, like Timbre+ and Japan Food Town, but this one has a pretty interesting concept. This space located at Wisma Atria, "acclimatizes" according to the four seasons, so expect an entirely new décor and food options (pumpkin-spiced latte for fall, maybe?) every three months or so. The space has three distinctive sections: Flower Garden, where you will see dense flora seeping through the entire area; Picnic Park, which imitates a picnic setting with its grass carpeting and lush greenery on the walls and the Beer Garden, perfect for perfect for casual get-togethers or even dates.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with food truck-looking stalls, offering you a smorgasbord of tantalizing treats from all over the world such as Butadon ($14), a Hokkaido rice bowl that has three cuts of grilled pork; Italian Rigatoni pasta ($14), which is flambéed in a pink vodka sauce and a Ko-Mex inspired pork belly taco ($12) which is finished off with a zesty lime-onion relish and salsa. Another highlight has to be their coffee bar, which follows in the footsteps of the third-wave coffee by day and turns into a wine and cocktail bar by night.

 

The buzz: You might think it's just another food enclave, like Timbre+ and Japan Food Town, but this one has a pretty interesting concept. This space, located at Wisma Atria, "acclimatizes" according to the four seasons, so expect an entirely new décor and food options every three months or so. 

The vibe: The space has three distinctive sections: Flower Garden, where you will see dense flora seeping through the entire area; Picnic Park, which imitates a picnic setting with its grass carpeting and lush greenery on the walls and the Beer Garden, perfect for perfect for casual get-togethers or even dates. Do take note as the prices during lunch and dinner vary.

The food: You’ll be spoilt for choice with their food truck-looking stalls, offering you a smorgasbord of tantalizing treats from all over the world. We tried the Butadon, a Hokkaido rice bowl that has three cuts of grilled pork: the belly, collar and loin. It's a pretty decent rice bowl and we loved the sweet marinade on the pork. The pork belly taco ($12/$16) from Tikka Taco stall definitely piqued our interest as they used prata instead of the typical taco shell to hold the pork. A pretty substantial dish, bursting with umami flavors, from the pickled purple cabbage and honey-chipotle mayo. If you’re looking for something meatier, try the roasted chicken ($23/$26) from Coq Roti. The chicken was tender (they use hormone- and antibiotic-free chickens), and it was served with mashed potato. The vodka rigatoni ($12/$16) from Flour and Water is accompanied with spicy Italian sausage. The vodka is used to make the sauce rich and velvety, and no, you can't really taste the vodka, so don't fret. If you’re in the mood for desserts but don't want to be plagued with the rush and crash that comes with it, opt for the apple pie from Pi, a classic and comforting dish that isn't doused in sugar. 

The drinks: They have a coffee bar, which follows in the footsteps of the third-wave coffee by day and turns into a wine and cocktail bar by night. But we opted for something healthier: we got an acai smoothie ($8) from Edgy Veggie, where they sell all-things-healthy, from salads to fresh juices, for health nuts . 

Why you’ll be back: A perfect communal dining venue to catch up with friends and family, especially when you can’t settle on a place to eat. Picnic has something for everyone.

Venue Details
Address: Picnic, #03-15 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd., Singapore, 238877 Singapore
Phone: 6734-8352
Website: www.picnicsg.com
Area: Orchard
Cuisine: Coffee shop
Open since: November, 2016
Opening hours: daily 10am-10pm
Nearest trainOrchard
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