[Review] Violet Herbs @ Tras Street

[Review] Violet Herbs @ Tras Street

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Pistachio & Herb Crusted Scallops

What: Opened January this year, Violet Herbs—comfortably housed within a two-storey conservation shop house on Tras Street (just behind Orchid Hotel)—strives to impress with their unique, semi-fine dining experience at affordable prices.

Violet Herbs - Second floor dining area (28 seats)

What to expect: While not quite as fancy as Saveur Art or Sorrel, there’s just something inexplicably charming about the modern, yet ever-so-slightly homely, European fare by Executive Chef and owner Edward Hoe in this sea of soulless, contemporary dining establishments.

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Sous Vide 48-Hour Wagyu Beef Cheek

Price point: Starters and desserts begin at $12, with most mains staying in the $20-30s range—and then there’s the prized 300-grams Wagyu Striploin MBS 9 at $248, or $168 for 200-grams. Violet Herb also offers up a 6- and 8-course degustation menu at $98 and $128 respectively.

Deal: Turn up in outfits that are majority (>50%) violet and enjoy 50% off your total bill every Friday, 6pm-10pm, till 28 Aug 2015.

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Lobster Cappuccino & Brandy

Short-form review: The convenient location, reasonable pricing and romantic, cozy ambiance (the restaurant is decked out in violet hues) makes it a perfect dating spot for young executives.

Must-tries: A definite highlight is the rich and tasty Lobster Cappuccino ($14). The velvety broth, made from a base of lobster shell and vegetables, is prepared red wine and cream before finished off with a dash of cognac. The luscious concoction is then served with lobster and an intriguing juniper-milk foam for complexity.

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Sri Lankan Crab Meat Pasta

I also terribly enjoyed the meltingly succulent Sous Vide 48-hour Wagyu Beef Cheek ($32), matched with fregola and a tart raspberry reduction, and the Sri Lankan Crab Meat Pasta—the deliciously greased angel hair punctuated with generous bits of shiso leaf.

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Marinated Red Miso Cod

Needs fine-tuning: I’d say play it safe and skip the Pistachio & Herb-crusted Scallops ($18), teamed with a bitter chocolate soil, butternut puree and Parma ham-potato crisps. The precious nuggets, encrusted in an herb mix of crushed pistachio, thyme and juniper, have a tendency to arrive slightly overdone—though improved on our second visit to the establishment.

Violet Herbs - Tras Street - Frozen Nougat

Address: 81 Tras Street, Singapore 079020
Tel: +65 6221 3988
Operating hours: Closed Sundays
Mondays to Saturdays 11.30am – 3pm 6pm – 10pm


What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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