Tuesday 4 July 2023

Kelo Food – Joy of Healthy Gourmet Eating [MEDIA INVITE]

Welcome to Kelo Food, co-founded and helmed by Chef Charlie, to provide delicious and affordable healthier non-repetitive keto and low-carb substitutes in fulfilling your ketogenic diet. Chef Charlie creates amazing recipes that would allow people to build more wholesome relationships with food, without compromising on their cravings.

Kelo Food
The seeds for Kelo Food were initially planted by NuCarbs, which provides keto and low-carb meal plan subscriptions for those on this food journey. NuCarbs then evolve to Kelo Food this year, a 60-seater restaurant for all to experience a wider menu and pet-friendly alfresco area. Kelo’s food is not only 100% preservatives-free, sugar-free and MSG-free but also 100% original as the recipes and sauces are made from scratch in-house.

Part of Indoor Dining Area
Kelo Food’s menu will feature Asian fusion main dishes by day, and tapas & skewers by night. LD and I attended our tasting in the evening.

Dinner Menu
Side Dish
We started with Fresh Japanese Oysters ($17 for 6 pcs, $32 for 12 pcs). We ordered half a dozen with different flavours. 2 pcs Standard Raw, 2 pcs Roasted Garlic Butter Red Misso (+$1) and 2 pcs Green Herb Yoghurt Sauce (+$1).

Fresh Japanese Oysters
Fresh Japanese Oysters
For the standard raw, we just squeeze a dash of lemon to enjoy the fresh, plump and juicy Japanese oysters. The green herb yoghurt sauce is creamy and pack with herbs; However, it is light enough, so we can still taste the natural flavour of the oysters.

Standard Raw Oysters
Green Herb Yoghurt Sauce Oysters
The roasted garlic butter red miso is the strongest sauce of them all. It is sweet, thick and earthy. This red miso sauce is delicious; however, it blanketed the natural flavour of the oysters.

Roasted Garlic Butter Red Miso Oysters
Next up are the sticks / bbq skewers. We ordered Chicken Leg Cube ($3.5) with Yuzu Teriyaki sauce. Shiitake Mushroom ($2) with Red Garlic Butter Red Miso; and Tiger Prawn ($4.50) Tangy Thai.

Sticks: Tiger Prawns, Shiitake Mushroom & Chicken Leg Cube
The Tiger Prawn paired with Tangy Thai sauce is a flavour that we are familiar with. Inspired by Green Chilli sauce that is normally accompanied with Thai seafood dishes. Spicy and appetizing. The prawns are grilled to perfection, I deshell it effortlessly.

Tiger Prawn - Tangy Thai
The shiitake mushroom is crunchy, moist and packed with umami flavour thanks to the red miso sauce. The chicken leg cube has a familiar taste from the sweetness of teriyaki sauce; however, the yuzu elevated the flavours further by giving it a refreshing twist to the familiar sauce.

Shiitake Mushroom with Red Garlic Butter Miso &
Chicken Leg Cube with Yuzu Teriyaki
Roast Adobo Pork Tomahawk with Adobo Gata (Coconut, $26) plus Cauliflower Fried Rice. I like the rustic presentation. On my first bite, I got the fatty part of the pork, which is filled with a lovely charred aroma and the fats just melts in my mouth. While we find the middle part of the meat a bit dry, the flesh closer to the bone was juicy and super tasty. Not sure why the meat is very inconsistent, hopefully, they can solve this puzzle and this dish will be amazing.

Roast Adobo Pork Tomahawk with Adobo Gata
Roast Adobo Pork Tomahawk with Adobo Gata
The Middle Part
Our pork tomahawk is accompanied by Cauliflower Fried Rice. The fried rice is just superb, with a combination of fragrant aromas from the fried egg and garlic. The cauliflower is juicy and bursting with flavour. A total flavour bomb!! A must-order at Kelo.

Cauliflower Fried Rice
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Pan Seared Beef Cube with Garlic Confit & Green Herb Sauce ($18). The beef cubes have a nice crust on the exterior, however, we find the interior is cooked beyond the medium-rare point. Instead of juicy and succulent beef, we get juicy and chewy meat. The garlic confit is sweet and the yoghurt green herb sauce paired nicely with the beef. The combination of the drippings from the beef cubes and yoghurt sauce made a nice dressing for the salad below.

Pan Seared Beef Cube with Garlic Confit & Green Herb Sauce 
To accompany our meal, we enjoy the low-carb mocktails made with monkfruit sweetener. I have the Creamy Limonada ($8), a mix of lime, heavy cream, monkfruit sweetener and Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. It is creamy and uplifting. LD ordered the Sparkling ACV Lemon Lime ($8), a mix of lime, monkfruit sweetener, Bragg ACV, lemon water and mint leaf. Her mocktail tangy and will wake you up.

Creamy Limonada
Sparking ACV Lemon Lime
On top of the low-carb mocktails, Kelo’s gastrobar drink menu is also designed for fellow drinking kakis who are unable to give up on their love for alcohol. Kelo offers Keto Impossible Ale and Lo-Carb Blondie at JUST $7 per half pint and $11.50 per pint, specially brewed by LeVeL33 urban microbrewery. For those who like to go hard, they can opt for the Signature Cocktails, all concocted using monkfruit or allulose sweetener and ZERO carbs spirits like Gin, Whisky, Rum, Tequila and Vodka (yes these have no carbs). Even Sake which is made from rice, koji and water is suitable for the ketogenic diet.

Non-Alcoholic Drink Menu
There are two seating areas in Kelo. The indoor is very cosy, almost like a lounge & bar seating style. Meanwhile, the alfresco seating area is airconditioned, covered by glass windows and glass ceilings. A nice place to enjoy the scenery outside complete with natural lights and the benefit of air-conditioning.

Part of Indoor Dining Area
Part of Indoor Dining Area
The Bar
Alfresco Dining Area
Overall, we enjoy the food served at Kelo Food. From a non-ketogenic perspective, we find the food to be tasty, enjoyable, creative and big on flavour. We totally did not miss the carbs and sweets on the night. Cheers!!

Thank you very much Protegie and Kelo Food for the media invite.

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Invite)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50

Kelo Food
134 Jalan Besar
#01-00 K2 Guesthouse Central
Singapore 208852

T: +65 8920 2007
OH:
Wed & Thu: 16.00 – 23.00
Fri – Sun: 11.00 – 15.00; 16.30 - 23.00
*Open from Wed – Fri for takeaway during lunch till dinner
Closed on Mon – Tue

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