Since we were at 313 Somerset, we trailed the Discovery Walk in search of a dinner location. We saw Oriole Cafe & Bar across the Walk at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites and decided to check it out.
1) Spicy Calamari ($13), battered squid rings with pickled chili peppers. This was surprisingly yummy. The calamari was done just right, cooked tender without being rubbery. The piquant chili peppers provided a tangy and sweet twist to the usual calamari.
2) Chicken Casserole ($20), with spanish chorizo, smoked paprika and grilled baguette. This is done in the style of a typical Italian chicken cacciatore. Very rustic and hearty.
3) Beef Cheek Tagliatelle ($15), beef cheeks braised in red wine with mushrooms and shallot oil. This was alright, but there were unusual fruity overtones in the sauce, which left a slightly weird aftertaste on the tongue.
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I know you are the one. Somehow a part of me, know that I will like Oriole even before I come. Make sense? Because love is blind.
Oriole is one those place that is chic and exudes the laid-back vibe. It is smack right in the middle of town, yet most people isn’t aware of it’s existence. Small, cozy, good food, reasonable prices, totally my-kind-of-place. Oriole!
You like fish & chips? You will like the one here, it’s one of the better fish & chips that I’ve recently; the batter wasn’t soggy and oily even though I took a long time taking photographs, it was still crispy and good. The portions were generous too, with three big pieces of fish at 15 bucks, it’s great for sharing! Most of the wedges were slightly burnt, I’m not sure if it’s done intentionally that way, but it sure was tasty to me!
We took a long time to decide the second main, there was a few choices, spaghetti/risotto of the day, banger & mash, or the oriole burger. But in the end we went for the Beef cheek tagliatelle ($15). The staff loosely compared the tagliatelle to our Chinese kuay teow, but I will beg to differ.The pasta isn’t as thick, so if there must be a comparison, I say it’s closer to Mee-pok. I had a good impression of beef cheeks, and this was delicious! Chewy but not to the extend of being overly difficult to bite, every bit of the beef is immersed in the red wine.
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And for once we didn’t have any desserts because we already had other sweets from elsewhere. But I’m keen to try chocolate fudge cake on my next visit, See you there!
Long story short, if you like my review please do come by ladyironchef . . . for the delicious in you
Fancy some place in town with all the dishes on the menu priced at $15 or less? Apparently Oriole, a newly opened cafe/restaurant in town, offers such a value proposition. The name Oriole is interesting because it is also the name of a bird.
Located at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites in Somerset Road, Oriole is owned by the same owner of Aerin's, Bedrock Grill & Bar (next door to Oriole) and Whitebait & Kale and boasts Singapore's number 1 and number 3 baristas, which makes their coffee a must try! The interior of the place is rather cafeish with dim lighting and floor to ceilings windows. Currently the area surrounding Oriole is undergoing construction so there isn't much of a view to speak of.
Coffee Crust Cod Fish ($25.50++)- This was a daily special so the $15/dish cap didn't apply, which was rather regrettable really. The fish was smooth but a wee bit fishy and lacked sweetness. There was the problem of the missing coffee taste as well.
Prawn Spaghetti ($15++) - The pasta was tossed in olive oil and came across as a little too soft. I counted 5 crystal prawns to that were crunchy albeit a little small. But at least the whole dish was still palatable, though probably not something that I would order again.
Honey Crumble Affogato ($7++) - This dessert came with a shot of espresso and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which unfortunately had ice chips in it. I didn't quite take to the honeycomb crunch as bits of it got stuck onto my teeth. Overall this dessert was nothing too fancy or fantastic in my humble opinion.
Chocolate Fudge Cake ($5.50++) - Apparently one of Oriole's popular desserts, the chocolate fudge cake was quite decent in my humble opinion. Warm with pockets of molten chocolate within, it came across as rich and decadent - a sure fire recipe for nausea in the likely event of over consumption. Pity about the lack of ice cream though.
The total bill came up to $62.40 for 2 mains and 2 desserts, which would put Oriole in the Swensens, NYDC etc price range. Food quality is average but the lack of crowds in the middle of Orchard road is definitely a plus. Service was decent to boot.
See all my pictures here.
A quiet Saturday evening for an early dinner here~
Heard so much about Oriole, especially the fact that nothing on their menu is over $15. Actually, it is true. Just that they have 'specials' that are written on their glass panes instead, including pastas and other mains. Adds quite a nice feel to the whole place actually.
It actually feels a little like a place for drinks than dinner, with the small seating and warm lightings used. The very prominent bar right smack in the middle of the place helps too (you can adjourn to the bar seats after dinner for cool drinks :D).
The menu is a simple one pager, with the drinks on the other side of it. Reminds me of that of PS Cafe actually. Small selection of mains and more starters in fact.
Mushroom-on-toast ($10.50) - open face thick toast with poached egg. Came in a surprisingly big portion with many many nicely sauteed brown button mushrooms atop a huge square of toasted bread. A wobbly poached egg tops this all off. The combination tasted great! There's something I find very comforting about egg bread :D
Fish & Chips ($15) - lightly battered snapper loin with home-made chips. I had just a small bite of these but it tasted not too bad too. Home-made chips have that 'raw' taste which frozen ones just can't match up to.
My english breakfast came in a small presser which was pleasantly refillable. The other mocha milkshake we ordered tasted more ice-blended than milkshake actually.
The place seemed a little overstaffed with the small patronage, which is always better than being under-staffed I guess. A good alternative to the noisy crowd at Cineleisure. A small bird actually warned me it sucks but hey, maybe I ordered the right things :D
Oh, and go early to get the plushy booth seats.
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