I have always loved visiting That CD Shop when they started their first outlet and when they started combining a cafe with the main CD shop, I thought it was a fabulous idea to combine music and coffee together. Unfortunately, many of their outlets closed down so when they opened their latest shop in Vivocity in collaboration with Wonderland, I made sure to visit one day.
At first glance, they still retained that signature black and gold styled used in most of their outlets and because it is a collaboration with a restaurant, the unit is split into 2 sides, the side selling the CDs and the side with the restaurant. The wonderland restaurant is a themed restaurant with Alice in Wonderland so you can see various elements of the storey being used in the decoratio
A pretty dessert display counter fronts the restaurant and acts as the main attraction with its colourful and pretty cakes.
There is also an ice cream counter that sells ice cream for takeaway or for dining in.
The restaurant has 2 types of seating; one with regular height tables for proper meal times and also lounge chairs and tables for just drinks and desserts.
We had the set menu which has a choice of starter, soup of the day, one main and a beverage of choice at only SGD 34 ( exclusive of tax)
The soup of the day was the pumpkin soup which had a dash of truffle oil on it. The soup has a good consistency without being overly creamy. The flavours were light but naturally sweet from the pumpkin itself.
For starters, my friend had the foie gras which needed a top-up of SGD 6 on top of the set menu price. I had my initial scepticism about this dish since it was not easy to get foie gras cooked well. I was pleasantly surprised as the serving was generous in size and the foie gras was pan-fried to the perfect outer crust with a warm and creamy inside.
My starter of baby potato salad came with bonito flakes, ebiko, smoked sausage and an onsen egg. While the dish is not as fancy as the foie gras but I got to say the salad was full of umami flavours as the bonito flakes complemented the mayonnaise well and the ebiko added an additional layer of texture.
For mains, we had the sakura prawn linguine which was also Japanese inspired like the potato salad as it was topped with a generous amount of bonito flakes and ebiko. The prawns were mid-sized and very fresh as it was crunchy and juicy in every bite. The noodles had very light kombu and butter sauce so it was quite dry.
I had the duck confit and I have to say it has been a long time since I had good duck confit. The skin of the duck was done perfectly crispy and flavourful while the duck meat was tender and succulent. The mash potatoes sitting at the bottom of the duck had a light and creamy consistency to provide the right balance of carbs.
To end off the meal, you can have your selection of beverage of teas and coffee in the menu.
Attracted by the ice cream counter, I decided to try the black sesame ice cream but was disappointed with the flavour. The taste was somewhat bland and did not have the nice creamy texture of the black sesame ice cream. This was the first time that I did not finish my ice cream.
Overall, the cooked food was quite nice and did not disappoint although the ice cream was a big let down. The atmosphere of the restaurant was also great and the service was quite attentive. It can be a nice place to hang out and chill with friends as the music from the CD shop next door provide the perfect background music.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-43 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Operating timing: 10 am to 10 pm