After hearing many glowing reviews from so many friends about Afterglow, the latest raw food restaurant/bar in town, I went there for a girls night out! The ambience of the restaurant was hippie and really well done. It looked like an establishment you can find in Melbourne or in NYC. The menu was not as extensive as I thought it would be and had 3-4 options per category. Pardon the bad photography as the lighting was really dim during dinner.
I ordered raw zucchini linguine with tomato sauce and homemade pesto $16. The portions at Afterglow was surprisingly small. For that price, I was expecting the portions similar to the ones we had at The living Cafe. I finished my plate in less than 10 mouthful and was still hungry. The tomato sauce was really sour and somehow did not go well with the raw zucchini. The pesto part was really tiny and I could hardly taste much of the pesto element in this dish.
My girlfriend ordered the raw taco bowl with salsa, walnut meat and cashew cream $16. Her portion was much bigger and we ended up sharing as I was still feeling hungry. The salsa sauce was quite refreshing and went well with the bowl. Sadly, again the sauce was so little, we ended up just eating the salad raw without much flavour.
Still hungry, we ordered raw nut cheese with a variety of raw crackers. We chose trio set $10 with sundried tomatoes, olives and lemon cheese and pecan, currants and walnut cheese. This was the best dish of the night for us as the raw cheeses were fragrant and really smooth. It went very well with the crackers which was not too bitter.
We ended the night with a sweet note and ordered the only dessert in the menu: raw seasonal fruit parfait with nut sauce $12.90. It was quite a disappointment to learn that a raw food restaurant only had 1 dessert option. We came with high expectations for the desserts and sadly the portion again was so small and really not worth the value. The dessert tasted just the same as the raw nut cheese with an extra touch of citrus flavour and was sadly served warm.
Since then, we have not been back as we had to eat another dinner to fill our stomachs despite spending more than $35 each per pax. Strangely, whenever someone mention about Afterglow they continue to sing praises about this restaurant. I am not sure if it was just a bad night at the restaurant or it was because we ordered the wrong stuff from the start. If anyone of you know what food is super good and quite filling, please leave us a comment.
Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Tel: +65 6224 8921
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11.30 am – 11 pm