Situated right in the midst of the riverside’s bustling business district is Café Couture, offering a little peace, tranquillity and a menu to get your mouth watering. The food here is a mix and match, with the bulk coming from in and around Asia, and includes lighter meals (Salads, Paninis) or heavier portions (Pasta, Curry) to choose from depending on your level of hunger and whether it’s lunch or dinner you are in search of.
If you are a fan of noodles, the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (68RMB) is a must try. Delicious noodles in a slightly spicy broth, accompanied by a generous helping of large cuts of rib meat and veg. The Thai Seafood Salad (98RMB) included prawns, squid and mussels on a bed of salad leaves and a light, sweet dressing. Similarly, the rolls of the Vietnamese Prawn Roll Salad (78RMB) were great after a couple dips in their sweet chilli sauce. The Hungarian-style Beef Rice (78RMB) was a curry of sorts – chunks of beef, mushrooms, broccoli and other vegetables in a thick, slightly tangy sauce and served with a side of rice.
The drinks selection is long too, with good selections of coffees (Cappuccino, 33RMB), teas (Berry Tea, 48RMB), milkshakes (Mango and Passion Fruit, 35RMB) and juices, all at fairly standard prices. Their freshly made Kiwi, Pineapple and Apple Juice (38RMB) was a little sour and very refreshing, just the ticket for a hot day. Imported wine will be added to the drinks menu in the near future too.
Café Couture differs from most of cafés in that it neighbours the Couture Gallery, a huge space exhibiting various luxurious items, all available for purchase. At present, the gallery is exhibiting a range of extravagant and beautifully made furniture from all over the globe. So after your meal, feel free to enter the relaxed setting to have a browse and possibly make a purchase. Also, the space can be used to host private functions for those seeking a truly VIP experience.
As of writing, Café Couture are still in their soft opening, so prices and opening times may be subject to change. Grand opening 28th September. Located on the second floor of Dikai International Centre. Smoking not permitted, parking limited.