"Harry Potter-inspired" cafe here is no Hogwarts, but the food is still magical

"Harry Potter-inspired" cafe here is no Hogwarts, but the food is still magical
The Goblet of Fire is an alcoholic cocktail at the new wizard-themed bar and bistro, Platform 1094.
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Were you amongst those who were piqued by a certain fiery drink that has literally sparked a trend on social media?

You're not alone. The alcoholic drink called 'Goblet of Fire' is from a wizard-themed restaurant that has opened along Serangoon Road, which unmistakably draws inspiration from the Harry Potter series.

Curiosity got the better of us here at AsiaOne and we decided to hop on our broomsticks (OK, it was a GrabCar) and make our way down to Platform 1094.

We'd understand if Potterheads might have sat up in their seats by now - especially upon mention of the bistro's name.

But before you get your hopes up, we have to warn you, the place won't make you feel as if you've been magically transported to Diagon Alley via floo dust.

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Sure, with frequent references to terms and sayings from the Harry Potter books, it's easy to forget that the place is not a licensed restaurant from the famed series - even if you do detect the familiar Harry Potter theme playing in the background.

Also, if you're looking to have desserts with your lunch - this isn't the place for you.

A staff member told us that they only serve desserts after 3pm every day of the week. However, they are working on making the creatively plated dishes an all-day affair for customers once there is sufficient help in the kitchen.

Take a magical trip to a wizard-themed cafe in Serangoon Road

Still, we'd imagine it's a good spot for parties and for those who enjoy dressing themselves up in robes and witch hats for a laugh. A sizeable amount of props are also available for customers to pose with in their Instagram snaps.

With efficient service and friendly staff, we sure didn't need a Marauder's Map to hunt down a waiter. 

Do note that the restaurant is not certified Halal, and there are also no vegetarian options. 

Here are the dishes that AsiaOne tried:

1. Crab Meat Aglio E Olio ($17)

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Spaghetti with crab meat, smoked salmon and flying fish roe tossed in butter beurre monte (a butter-based sauce)

Indicated on the menu as "magically delicious", we ordered this for ourselves and felt that it was indeed true to their recommendation. There was a generous amount of crab meat and fortunately, the pasta noodles were also cooked till al dente. Additionally, we were told that this dish is one of their most frequently ordered food items off the menu.

Verdict: 4/5

2. Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs ($22)

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This dish is a visual feast, with thick racks of pork ribs stacked on top of grilled vegetables, complete with a pesto mayo glaze. The ribs are first poached in stock to soak, before it is baked in the oven - a clever technique to prevent the meat from drying out. This culminates in a lightly roasted skin with tender meat that slides off the bones easily.

At first glance, the pesto's green tinge is an odd contrast to the ribs. An interesting addition had to be the beetroot cubes, which offered a refreshing zing to the entire meal. All in all, not too overwhelming on the palate and sufficient for one.

Verdict: 4/5

3. Platform wings ($8)

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Although this was ordered at the last minute as a side dish, it turned out to be one of our favourites. Crispy at first bite, the wings were surprisingly tender and juicy. We love how the dish was also garnished with chicken floss - an interesting touch!

Verdict: 4/5

4. Goblet of Fire ($15)

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Blue Curacao, Bacardi 151, Cinnamon powder

This is what we came for. The ingredients for this drink are served on a wooden platter and you'll get to see your blue-hued drink being ignited up close. A staff member will scoop a tablespoon of Bacardi and set it aglow using a torch. And this will then be poured into your glass while the flames continue to stay lit.

Sprinkle cinnamon powder onto the flames and watch magic happen right before your eyes. That's pretty much the most magical part of this bistro. The Goblet of Fire beverage scores high in terms of presentation but unfortunately, we feel that more could have been done towards its taste.

Verdict: 4/5

5. Truth venom ($12)

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Blue Curacao, Vodka, Sprite grenadine, Pineapple juice

It was definitely a very pretty beverage, colourful layers and all. Admittedly, we were reluctant to give the drink a good stir and just took a sip without wanting to mess up the colours. Big mistake. It tasted strangely medicinal. After giving it a really thorough mix, the drink tasted like pineapple juice and nothing more.

Verdict: 2/5

So if you haven't had a chance to visit Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Platform 9 3/4 at London's King Cross Station - this could be your best bet. Plus, the food is enjoyable.

And at Platform 1094, no one's going to judge you for wielding a wand as you attempt to cast a spell on your mini cauldron of soup.

AsiaOne paid for the meal reviewed.

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