Dinner @ OChre // CLOSED

August 20, 2012 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

It will be my second time back to OChre. Not that they had impressed me on my first trip when they newly opened, but because we were in the area and I could not think of any other place. (^^lll) But I am glad we headed to OChre for dinner as OChre had improved. My second dining experience was not as bad as I last remembered.

The group of 7 (of us) arrived at 6.30pm without making any reservation. The staff seemed as though they wanted to throw the big group of us to the outdoors seats, but we were insistent that we wanted to be seated indoors. So the staff said they could arrange a round table for us, though they warned it may get a little cramp. But their worries were unfounded, as it turned out that the arrangement was perfect! With the round table, we were able to see one another better, as compared to being seated at a long, rectangular table.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Set dinner, $50 comprised of:-

(A) Angel Hair with Sea Urchin & Avruga Caviar (above) – The portion could pass off as a main course, but the angel hair pasta did not impress. The taste came across as a little flat. What a shame especially when expensive ingredients were used (caviar and sea urchin). And it’s a pity the sea urchin was not served fresh and raw, but overcooked.

(B) Fillet of Sea Bass with Mashed Potato & Baby Vegetable (above) – Dont be deceived by its look. I was not too impressed with the presentation, it being just a fillet put on top a pile of mashed potato. But the sea bass was fresh and juicy. Nice.

(C) Green Tea & Black Sesame Tiramisu with Azuki Compote & Sesame Tuile (above) – The fusion of Japanese and Italian gave the dessert an interestingly yummy twist. Nice!

2) Caesar, $20 (above) – Normal. We ordered this only because we wanted variety in our dishes since there were 7 of us. The waiter recommended this based on its portion for us to share too.

3) Antipasto OChre, $38 (above) – The presentation is almost like our Chinese’s cold platter. Will definitely recommend ordering this for big groups or for anyone who wants a bit of everything! I liked everything about this – Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato, Parma Ham and Melon, Smoke Salmon and Caviar, Marinated Octopus, Artichoke and Porcini.

4) Sous Vide Baby Chicken “Al Mattone” with Baby Spinach & Mash Potato, $34 (above) – Nice. The skin was slightly crispy with the meat being tender. Do order this if you are looking at ordering a variety of dishes. I would not say order this if you are here to try signature dishes.

5) Ravioli with Sheep Ricotta, Baby Spinach & Truffle Sauce, $28 (above) – Sadly, this fell short of my expectation. We were served 2 gigantic ravioli with the inside being mainly baby spinach. Due to its size, the ravioli lacked the ‘burst in your mouth feeling’ when you bite into it, which is something I prefer my ravioli to be.

6) Prosciutto, $28 (above) – This is a pizza with parma ham, black olives, tomato, baby spinach salad and caprino cheese. I did not really fancy this. Somehow, the combination did not complement. And it’s to note that cured parma ham was used.

7) Calzone, $28 (above) – As described in the menu, it’s a pizza pocket filled with smoked cheese, tomato, ham, olive, wilted spinach and egg. I did not really enjoy this (I had better), especially the crust. It was a little burnt.

Overall, the dining experience was pleasant. We were not blown away by the food, but rather, it was the restaurant’s ‘a little high class yet a little laid back’ ambience that gave the right mood for us since we were there having a birthday dinner celebration. So yes, want to impress a date without going too harsh on the wallet? OChre is the place.

OCHRE
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #11-03, Singapore
6634 0423, Website
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 6