Pump!kin, Pim Pam By FOC

Review: Pim Pam by FOC

As someone with dietary restrictions, it’s quite a challenge to find eateries that serve dishes that I can consume.

Let’s begin with what my dietary restrictions are.
  • Lactose intolerant. That means no milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream etc.
  • Gluten sensitivities. That means all wheat products such as bread, noodles, pasta, pizza, cake, cookies, and BEER (argh!).
  • Will not eat soy. Due to oestrogen and the fact that all soy are hybrid or GMO.
  • Cannot eat red meat, duck, mutton, pork.
  • Avoids chicken, unless it free range.
  • Shellfish allergy. That means no prawns, crabs, scallops, lobster etc.
  • Prefers food with no added sugar, seasoning, sauces etc.
  • Prefers organic food.
  • Will not eat food that is fried, preserved or processed unless it is fermented foods like kimchi.
  • Will not eat anything with palm oil aka vegetable oil, natural flavours (NOTHING needs extra flavour, natural or otherwise), glucose/ high fructose corn syrup/ maltodextrin/ sugar, colouring (see note regarding flavours), or preservatives.
So far, my meal companions have been the most understanding people in the universe! They refrain from eating meat, dairy, and wheat when dining with me. Still, that doesn’t minus the fact that most eateries in Singapore serve dishes that I can’t consume.
Recently, someone introduced me to Pim Pam by FOC by way of an early birthday meal. It was one of the most enjoyable meals I had in recent memory. Due to three simple factors:
1. There were many vegetarian options.
2. There were wheat-free options.
3. Everything was prepared with fresh ingredients.
Our order consisted of the following:
  • Marinated olives ($8++): arbequina, kalamata, picholine
  • Cauliflower ‘steak’ ($10++): pan-fried cauliflower with piparra peppers, pine nuts and parmesan
  • Pump!kin salad ($14++): grilled pumpkin, feta cheese, tomato, pumpkin seeds
  • Squid ink paella (26++)
  • Barramundi ‘San Sebastian style’ ($22++): pan-fried barramundi fillet, confit potatoes, prawns

We paired the meal with a bottle of Raventos i Blanc de la Finca Gran Reserva ($115++) sparkling wine.

The summary of the meal is that the flavoursof all the dishes were exquisitely balanced, and gentle on the palate. We were full but not stuffed. Here’s a closer look at my favourites from the meal.

Cauliflower steak

This photo doesn’t do justice to the dish. It was an entire bunch of cauliflower, resting on pureed potato, sprinkled with piparra peppers, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and some parsley.

The best way to describe this is: if you were fed this blindfolded and without being told that it is cauliflower, you wouldn’t have guessed what it was.

This isn’t my first time having a cauliflower steak, so I knew what to expect. What I love about Pim Pam’s version is the texture and crush provided by the pine nuts.


Pump!kin (main picture)

I love pumpkin but I’ve been told not to eat too much of it. This salad was a good combination of greens, dried tomatoes, and feta cheese—it was refreshing, tangy, light.

We cleared out this salad in no time, and ordered a second serving. I didn’t touch the feta but the feedback is that it was good quality.


Barramundi ‘San Sebastian style’

Another case of cutting the portion up before I remembered to take a photo, haha! Fish at dining spots are often pricey for a small portion. This portion was actually sizeable, but I wished I hadn’t said “Let’s share one portion”. Just so that I could have had it all for myself! The barramundi fillet melted in the mouth, and was cooked just right.

The tapas menu is huge, and we didn’t even touch a tenth of it. There was also dessert, which we couldn’t have as last orders were over.

Overall, the food left a good impression on our stomachs, and the service left a good impression in our minds. We will return for more, soon.

Pim Pam by FOC is located at 442 Orchard Road #01-29. This is an independent review.